I live in Brooklyn, work in midtown Manhattan and get motion sick if I read on the subway, so I have a lot of time to look around while I ride the train every day. As you might imagine, I tend to look at people’s bags, and in the year I’ve been doing my current commute, I’ve noticed that the Madewell Transport Tote has a surprisingly monopolistic presence on the arms of the borough’s population of young women.


We’ve been writing a lot about sales recently (they only come around twice a year, after all), but buying something that’s been marked down isn’t the only way to get a good value. If you shop carefully and know what to look for, you can find lots of bags at full price that look like they cost far more than they do.


Bag: Marc by Marc Jacos Lip Lock XBody Bag

Price: $440 via

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs might not be long for this world, but the brand is still releasing some solid new bags while it’s still around.


College graduations have started happening around the country (southerners: we do this stuff early), and that means that many of you might have someone in your life who’s about to venture into the world of work on wobbly deer legs for the first time, and that person might even be you.


Good bags don’t come cheap, and with all the price increases that we’ve been cataloging recently, they’re not going to be getting any less expensive any time soon. We know that not all of you (and, quite frankly, all of us) have the budget for a four-figure bag purchase every season, though, so we’ve done some digging into what can be had for less.


Bag: See by Chloé Kristen Python Print Shoulder Bag


Why It’s the Bag of the Week: The rich, multicolored python print on this bag can do a little bit of everything–work, play, day, evening.

Coach Fall 2014 Handbags and Outerwear-2

Fashion shows are nice, but nothing beats getting to see new handbags up close; touching something, opening it up and putting it on your arm are the best ways to evaluate a collection. Luckily, we got to do just that yesterday with Coach’s Fall 2015 bags (and coats–just wait until you see the coats), and we think you’ll be just as excited about this collection as we are.


No matter what your budget might be, one thing is probably true: the bags on your wish list cost more than you’d really like to pay for them. Handbag prices just keep going up, and often, it feels like accessibly priced options are few and far between.

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