You can’t talk about contemporary handbags without talking about Botkier. In 2003, Monica Botkier introduced the Trigger Bag, which became incredibly popular on both the strength of its rock-n-roll-luxury design and its accessible, mid-three-figures price tag. Over the next decade, the contemporary market exploded, and Botkier’s bags were carried by everyone from Rihanna to Angelina Jolie.
Savvy Bags on a Budget(Page 2)
English brand Cambridge Satchel Company burst out of the UK school bag market several years ago with a line of simple, affordable leather bags that appealed to fashion-conscious consumers on a tight budget, and the brand’s bags quickly became fixtures of personal style blogs of all sorts.
Bag: Furla Cortina L Top Handle Bag
Price: $698 via Neiman Marcus
Why It’s the Bag of the Week: As fall descends upon us, it’s important to remember to keep lighter neutrals around among our navys and greys. They’re just as versatile in cold weather as they are any other time of year and add much-needed visual contrast to a darker wardrobe.
Every season, the average price of a designer handbag inches up, even if a lot of bag lovers’ budgets don’t increase along with them. Because of that, we always endeavor to cover bags at a variety of price points, and with all the new Fall 2014 arrivals in stores, we found quite a few that are totally lust-worthy while still being far below the four-figure price tags that often dot our posts.
Coach is in the middle of a major reinvention, and now the first full collection from creative director Stuart Vevers has arrived for purchase. The line is inspired by the American West and traditional workwear, and the bags have a slightly rough-around-the-edges feel that will be new to many of the brand’s longtime fans.
Despite providing fundamental, foundational wardrobe pieces for basically every woman (and most men) in New York City who might be considered even vaguely cool, Rag & Bone is still searching for its handbag groove. The brand’s bag line is relatively young and has yet to hit the cult status of Rag & Bone’s inescapable leather booties, but you could tell by the proud, prominent placement of the models’ bags in the Rag & Bone Spring 2015 show that the company’s designers, who rarely make an aesthetic misstep, intend to change that.