Earlier this week, I came across a great profile of new handbag line Mansur Gavriel by Lauren Sherman over at Fashionista, and the bags were so good – and filled such an obvious gap in the contemporary market – that I couldn’t help but run right over here to share the good news with you guys. If you’ve ever wondered why it’s so hard to find a simple, elegant leather handbag at a non-outrageous, you’re not alone – designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel wondered that, too.

I receive multiple press pitches from multiple new handbag brands hoping to get a mention here every day, and to be quite honest, most of them have missed the design mark entirely. The contemporary marketplace has enough slouchy, fringe-y hobos with decorative hardware. What the contemporary market needs is more brands making modern, unfussy bags using the best materials available at the price point – essentially, doing what Hermes or Celine do with their simpler leather bags, but on a more affordable scale. With its first collection, that’s what Mansur Gavriel appears to be attempting to do. The exteriors of the bag are rendered in smooth, neutral leather, while the interiors have a contrasting bright coating. Personally, I’m hoping that future lines expand the bright colors to the exteriors as well.

According to Sherman, all of the bags in the brand’s first collection are made of Italian leather and assembled in China, but there’s good news for those of you who are allergic to those words – as of Spring 2014, the brand will move production of its bags to Italy. Unfortunately, there’s also a bit of bad news. Basically the entire Fall 2013 collection, which ranges from $65 to a phone case to $495 for the bucket bag you see above, is already sold out. It’s not even August. Clearly, there’s a demand for reasonably priced bags that don’t look like they’re made for someone who looks up to Vanessa Hudgens as a style icon. (Clare Vivier’s success should have taught designers that as well.)

When the Spring 2014 bags come around, you’ll be able to shop the line at Net-a-Porter. For now, you’ll have to stalk your favorites at MansurGavriel.com and hope that your local Bird, Madison or Steven Alan boutique might have a couple left in stock.

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  • jl

    I bought one and it’s only been a full month and couple days and mine is already tearing at the anchor and the threads are coming out :(

    Def a beautiful bag but not meant to be worn for a long (or maybe mine is a defect?)

    • Since the brand is small/brand new, I’m sure there are kinks to work out (and perhaps defective bags are part of why they’re moving manufacturing to Italy next season). Have you contacted them about it? Small brands are often willing to go above and beyond to make early-adopting customers happy. I just checked and they have an email address on their site that might be worth trying.

    • Mansur Gavriel

      This is Rachel of the MG team. Firstly, thank you so much for buying one of our bags. We cannot tell you how happy we are that so many cool women out there are responding to them!

      Secondly, as Amanda commented, initial productions can indeed have some kinks! This issue you are referencing has been remedied for future productions. We are deeply sorry you are having this issue and would love to repair the bag. Please email us at contact@mansurgavriel.com.

  • Amanda

    Mind = blown
    This really is what the contemporary market is missing!

    • I feel like i’ve been banging my head against a wall for two years waiting for someone to catch on to this gap in the market. Finally! Someone gets it!

  • Miles

    me likey !

  • FashionableLena

    I’m not into minimalist bags, but this one pictured is beautiful. While I love some bold hardware, I agree that it’s time to for reasonably priced leather goods to come to the market place. Not everyone can afford a Victoria Beckham/The Row/Celine bag.

  • andré

    looks so expansive, and its so simple(in a very good way). loved <3

  • Chloefan

    They look quite boring to me, plus I don’t see anything with a zipper.

  • Selene Spencer

    As to the “Made in China” reference I doubt the people who make the bags in Italy will not be Chinese workers.
    I am not a fan of the design, I have seen better designed bucket bags.
    The leather does look luxurious and the black and red color combination avoids looking cheap.

  • Jodi Lee

    I usually don’t like bucket bags, but this one I got to have!

  • purselover4444

    the leather seems to be quite stiff, which is great for a contemporary look. Does anyone know how they make 100% leather so stiff? I’ve been curious for a while!