When Mansur Gavriel came along a couple years ago and exposed a glaring blind spot in the contemporary market for sophisticated, modern bags at a relatively reasonable price point, retailers reacted quickly. Not only did basically every store imaginable try to stock the brand, but plenty of retail buyers went out looking for new or previously overlooked designers who could cater to similar tastes. Thankfully, they found some.

In the intervening seasons, shopping sites have started to stock more small brands with forward-thinking aesthetics and attainable prices, which is great news for anyone shopping for bags. To help you sort out what’s what in time to spend your spring bag budget wisely, we’ve found five of the most notable additions to the accessories landscape; check out their bags and backstories below.

Flynn

Flynn is a relatively new line from Australian designer Oliver Tilsley, and the bags’ simple-but-not-too-simple approach and modern finishes have attracted the attention of some major US retailers. Shoppers seem to be paying attention, too; in the time I’ve been researching this article, several Flynn bags on my list to feature have sold out. Check out some of the best pieces below and shop more Flynn bags at Urban Outfitters, Shopbop and REVOLVE.

Flynn Baker Crossbody Bag
$180 via Shopbop

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Flynn Conran Satchel
$350 via Shopbop

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Flynn Rocky Crossbody Bag
$275 via Urban Outfitters

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Flynn Tory Crossbody Bag
$275 via REVOLVE

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Vasic Collection

Vasic Collection is a young brand (founded in 2014!) based in New York City and designed by former hairstylist Kanoko Mizuo. The bags are geometric takes on classic shapes, and for spring, many of the designs are lightened with canvas or fine basket weave. You can shop a larger selection via Shopbop.

Vasic Collection Bolder Canvas Bucket Bag
$290 via Shopbop

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Vasic Collection Convey Satchel
$335 via Shopbop

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Vasic Collection Gentee Satchel
$405 via Shopbop

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Vasic Collection Marche Tote
$370 via Shopbop

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KARA

We’ve been watching KARA since 2013, when the brand was only a year old, and designer Sarah Law has continued to build the New York-based brand since then. Most impressive are the recently introduced smooth leather bags, which take a page from the Mansur Gavriel playbook–smooth, clean leather in uncluttered shapes and at fair prices are a sure way to shoppers’ hearts. The larger Tie Shoulder Bag regularly sells out in black, so if you want one, act quickly. Shop KARA bags via Net-a-Porter, Shopbop and Barneys.

Kara Nano Tie Tote
$350 via Net-a-Porter

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Kara Stowaway Large Crossbody Bag
$390 via Barneys

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Kara Tie Shoulder Bag
$475 via Net-a-Porter

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Kara Tie Tote
$475 via Net-a-Porter

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Cuero & Mor

Cuero & Mor was founded by Maria Diaz and Pepe Romero in Santa Monica in 2013, with the intent to showcase the quality of fine leather with simple, functional shapes. The line, which is made in Spain, is extremely tightly edited: three shapes in three shades each. Many are sold out on the brand’s website, but you can shop several of the styles via Shopbop, where they also tend to go in and out of stock quickly.

Cuero & Mor Bucket Bag
$595 via Shopbop

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Cuero & Mor Bucket Bag
$595 via Shopbop

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Cuero & Mor Cross Body Bag
$395 via Shopbop

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Cuero & Mor Cross Body Bag
$395 via Shopbop

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Carven

Unlike the brands above, Carven is hardly new–it was founded by a Frenchwoman in 1945 and has had many lives. When Guillaume Henry left his spot as creative director in 2014, though, the company brought on two young designers with backgrounds at Givenchy–Alexis Martial and Caillaudaud–to lead the brand. Caillaudaud in particular is known for his deft handling of accessories, according to Vogue UK, so it’s not surprising that the brand’s bags have really started to shine lately. You can shop a larger selection via Forzieri or farfetch.com.

Carven Mahler Petit Bucket Bag
$430 via Forzieri

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Carven Mahler Pochette Bag
$450 via SSENSE

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Carven Mahler Top Handle Bag
$579 via farfetch.com

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Carven Mercer Pouch Bag
$320 via Forzieri

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Khaya
Khaya
6 years ago

This is a great post. I love the affordable options!

lisacng @ expandng.com
Reply to  Khaya

Me too! And I also appreciate that their unique, instead of the same-o same-o.

Amanda Mull
6 years ago
Reply to  Khaya

I’m glad you liked it! We try to be on the lookout for reasonably priced stuff as much as possible.

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Traceyhredden3
6 years ago
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Alexa
Alexa
6 years ago

Really liking the Flynn bags! I would also add Cuyana to this list – been eyeing one for a few months and the price point is crazy for Made In Italy.. http://www.cuyana.com/

Y Ajayi
Y Ajayi
6 years ago

I like the Kara tote…I’m looking for one. Price wise much better than what I have been checking out. May give it a whirl

Kate
Kate
6 years ago

I like a lot of these. Well done.

Irene
Irene
6 years ago

Really great post! Love a lot of these, especially the carven

Misscheng
Misscheng
6 years ago

No love for Clare V? They have really expanded their offerings in the last couple of years.

Amanda Mull
6 years ago
Reply to  Misscheng

I thought about including Clare V but thought the brand might be too well-known for a spot on this particular list; I agree that the brand is doing a great job lately, though!

Smithy
Smithy
6 years ago

The first couple foldover Flynn bags look like direct rip-offs of the long standing lunch bags of Marie Turnor.

You forgot Steve Mono bags — a little pricier but classic gorgeous-ness.

Tang
Tang
6 years ago
Reply to  Smithy

Yes I agree! They look rather like Marie turnor!

Check out rabeanco from HK. Great leather and prices are mostly below USD 300!

Rashmi BHATTACHAN
Rashmi BHATTACHAN
6 years ago

Dear Amanda or any expert, could you please help identify this particular bag? I am guessing Miu Miu but when i googled it and checked in the Miu Miu website, this bag is not coming up. Perhaps this is the next season bag of theirs? Thank you.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3527839/Emily-Ratajkowski-shows-svelte-physique-crop-baggy-cargo-pants.html

Amazona
Amazona
6 years ago

You might want to post on the forum, on the Bags, bags, bags sub in the Identify this handbag thread.

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6 years ago

love this post!!!!just in time for my bag craving!
and the price! so appealing!
KARA backpack is a great choice as well, I’ve actually shopboped it O(?_?)O

Amazona
Amazona
6 years ago

Oooh I love that Kara Stowaway! And just as I was soo happy with my collection and didn’t think I needed something…well, there’s that theory out the window!

GG Pastel