While at dinner with a few friends the other night, the subject of buying a new bag came up. My friend Jessica is in the market for something shiny and new, and her budget is $2,000. Naturally, I volunteered my recommendations…until I realized I didn’t have any. I can easily tell you which bag you should spend $3,000 on, or which bag you should impulse-buy for $500, but between those two extremes, things get a little murky. You can get the fanciest bag from a designer like Alexander Wang or 3.1 Phillip Lim, or you can get a basic or small piece from a brand like Givenchy or Valentino. Deciding which you’d rather do can be a little tricky.

I know what I’d do with $2,000, and that is buy a holographic Proenza Schouler PS11, but I have very specific personal taste when it comes to bags. (Read: I only like spending money on weird stuff.) I’d also consider the Prada, Reed Krakoff and Valentino options below, with varying levels of enthusiasm. With that in mind, I’d like to know – if you had $2,000 that could only be spent on a handbag, and not a dollar more, which handbag would you buy?

Proenza Schouler Holographic Mini PS11
$1,875 via Net-a-Porter

Reed Krakoff Gym Tote
$990 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Parabole Saffiano Tote
$1,890 via Neiman Marcus

Valentino Small Glam Lock Shoulder Bag
$1,895 via Neiman Marcus

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