When I first became interested in bags in the 2000s, $1,200 to $1,500 spent at most brands could buy you the line's marquee piece in regular leather. The Chloé Paddington fell into that range, for example, and it was the most sought-after bag in the world at the time. Now, with totally normal bags edging ever closer to the $3,000 mark, it can feel like getting a good value is impossible. That's where we step in to help.
Even though it's true that bags are getting increasingly expensive, basically all brands still make day bags around that $1,500 price point—they might not be a designer's most famous piece, but they exist. Bags in this price tier are mostly either smaller crossbody bags are totes that are a bit on the simple side, but those are the types of bags that tend to get a lot of real, actual use in a person's wardrobe.
While researching this post, it also seems like the market is seeing a new price peg solidify at $1,300 to $1,400. We generally keep tabs on bags at various price points at least twice a year, and over time, it seems as though brands have realized that their customers want cute options that feel special at lower prices than their most famous bags. The market appears to have settled on a new entry-level price point as a result, and even brands that have done a poor job of offering solid options at that level in the past have gotten on board. (We're looking at you, Valentino.) Check out the best options below.