We’re living in a golden age up contemporary bags. It wasn’t that long ago that wanting to stay in the three figures meant slim pickings unless you wanted something casual, slouchy and adorned in studs, fringe, zippers or something else to distract from the bag’s drab design. Things have gotten steadily better since Mansur Gavriel took off, though; retailers seemingly realized that there’s a huge market for sleek, modern bags that don’t cost four figures, and plenty of upstarts and existing brands alike have rushed to fill the market.

Traditionally, the price for a contemporary brand’s highest-profile day bags usually falls right under $600, so that’s the cutoff we use when evaluating each season’s best new arrivals. Below, we’ve accumulated two dozen bags from brands both new and familiar, all of which are very good bets for their prices.

Alexander Wang Roxy Hobo
$595 via Shopbop

AllSaints Mast Crossbody Bag
$298 via Nordstrom

APC Diane Tassel Bag
$530 via Net-a-Porter

Building Block Suede Bag
$460 via Net-a-Porter

Clare V Alistair Circle Bag
$355 via Net-a-Porter

Coach Duffel Bag
$550 via Coach

Creatures of Comfort Equestrian Bag
$410 via Nordstrom

Elizabeth and James Market Tote
$545 via Nordstrom

Furla Like Top Handle Bag
$378 via Shopbop

Kate Spade Stewart Street Samira Bag
$398 via Nordstrom

Loeffler Randall Dome Satchel
$550 via Nordstrom

Madewell Passenger Convertible Tote
$198 via Nordstrom

Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Sun Tote
$545 via Net-a-Porter

Nico Giani Tunilla Bag
$505 via Shopbop

Oliveve Jasper Shoulder Bag
$350 via Shopbop

Pop and Suki Carryall Tote
$455 via Nordstrom

Rag and Bone Walker Sling Hobo
$475 via Nordstrom

Skagen Katryn Satchel
$325 via Nordstrom

Steven Alan Rhys Bucket Bag
$295 via Shopbop

Theory Perry Bag
$295 via Net-a-Porter

Tory Burch Gemini Tote
$598 via Nordstrom

Treasure and Bond Accordion Tote
$249 via Nordstrom

Vasic Collection Carries Tote
$485 via Shopbop

ZAC Zac Posen Belay Crossbody Bag
$295 via Nordstrom

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