Over the past few years, a new handbag market has emerged. It’s not exactly contemporary, but it’s more attainable and casual than premiere designer, and it’s probably most accurately referred to as “premium contemporary.” It offers the same sophisticated finish that comes with much pricier bags, and pioneering premium contemporary brands like Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim have found a market flush with consumers looking for a particular mix of style and ubstance.
With each passing season, finding a beautiful, reasonably priced bag becomes more and more difficult. Handbag prices are ever on the rise, and although we do our best to bring you a weekly dose of bags that won’t break the bank, the prospect of finding the perfect contemporary bag can still feel daunting.
If you felt a bit of warmth in the air this weekend, you know it’s coming. No, not just spring (although yay, spring!), but wedding season. If you’re in your 20s or 30s (and, to a lesser but still significant extent, living and breathing at all), you’ve probably received a Save the Date or six in the mail so far.
Few brands create a buying frenzy like Mansur Gavriel does these days. The young brand’s minimal, sophisticated bags retail at contemporary prices and sell out almost immediately upon delivery, and until now, it’s been impossible to place a simple online pre-order for them like you can with bigger brands that retail at places like Neiman Marcus or Saks.