Let’s be real here. We all know what the Alice.D Leather Totes are: they’re cheaper Céline Vertical Cabas Totes, and if you aren’t a fan of the whole look-for-less concept, they’re not going to be your thing. If you don’t want to pay four figures for an extremely simple leather tote, though, Alice.D will get the job done for you in exactly the same aesthetically pleasing way as Celine would for around $500. (more…)

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Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs In The Grain Satchel

Price: $560 via Neiman Marcus

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs is in the middle of an image revamp, and as a result, the bags are starting to skew noticeably more sleek and sophisticated than they have in recent seasons. Luckily, they’re still just as affordable as ever.

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It’s not that men have more functional needs that women (not by a long shot); often, it’s that they prioritize them far above aesthetics, because that’s what they’ve been socialized to do, and that’s why their bags are designed differently. The Rag & Bone Canvas Herringbone Messenger Bag is all substance, with just enough style to finish it off.

The main thing that attracts me to this bag is that even though it looks like it’s made out of a tweedy textile, the material is actually canvas. That means it’s going to be lightweight and appropriate to carry all year, but it still has that distinguished, old school look.

The bag itself is exactly what you’d expect for a messenger priced under $400, but it does have that note of slightly industrial, slightly minimalist Rag & Bone magic to it. The brand excels at making the best versions of everyday basics, and this is up there. Buy through Barneys for $395.

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For the past six months, I have barely been able to go to any gathering of women in New York City without being asked for tips, tricks and hook-ups on how to get a Mansur Gavriel bag. I also regularly field these inquires via GChat, email, text message – you name it. So if you’re one of the people who has asked me how to get his or her hands on one of these bags, or you’re a person who would have asked me, had you access to my contact information, this is for you: Barneys now has online pre-orders for eight styles, including the popular black-and-red Bucket Bag, as well as the new Mini Buckets and Backpacks. (more…)

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Buying an expensive bag is one thing; buying a bag that looks expensive is quite another. Spending big bucks on a handbag usually helps ensure that it looks luxurious, but not only are those kinds of budgets just not feasible for many women, but they’re also not always necessary. Below, we’ve scoured the Internet for a baker’s dozen of bags that look far more spendy than their price tags, starting at only $78. (more…)

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