The Best Bags Under $1,000 from 24 of the World’s Biggest Premier Designer Brands, 2018 Edition

We surveyed the market's current offerings and found the best ways to get out the door for under four figures

[Editor’s Note: This week, we’re taking it a little slow to enjoy one of the last weeks of summer, so we’ll have a mix of both new posts and the most popular articles we’ve published in the recent past. This is one of the latter, in case you missed it.

For almost anyone, a thousand dollars is a lot of money. It may not be for the very wealthy, but that rare tier of shopper isn’t the one who buys the bulk of designer bags sold in the luxury market; instead, they’re mostly snapped up by shoppers like you and me, who live normal lives and have normal jobs and like to treat ourselves to something fantastic when possible. Designers are well aware of that, which is why even the fanciest brands often start their handbag lineups somewhere slightly south of $1,000.

What you can get for three figures from top-tier brands can be very revealing about larger trends in the bag market—for instance, most of the good, simple bags used to be soft totes, and now most brands have shifted to crossbody camera bags for their entry-level options. Below, we surveyed two dozen of the biggest brands and found out what you can get from each of them for less than four figures.

Balenciaga Bazar Crossbody Bag
$945 via Neiman Marcus

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Wallet
$790 via Neiman Marcus

Burberry Hampshire Crossbody Bag
$995 via Neiman Marcus

Céline Strap Clutch
$730 via Céline

Chanel Small Flap Wallet
$950 via Chanel

Chloé Pixie Mini Bag
$990 via Neiman Marcus

Fendi Chain Wallet
$830 via Fendi

Ferragamo Vara Bow Bag
$775 via Nordstrom

Givenchy Duetto Crossbody Bag
$990 via Nordstrom

Gucci Marmont Camera Bag
$980 via Gucci

Hermès Bazar Pouch
$930 via Hermès

Isabel Marant Tinley Bag
$790 via Nordstrom

Jimmy Choo Small Allie Bag
$995 via Nordstrom

Loewe Avenue Crossbody Bag
$990 via Nordstrom

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
$970 via Louis Vuitton

Mansur Gavriel Circle Bag
$795 via Net-a-Porter

MCM Milla Bag
$920 via Neiman Marcus

Mulberry Tenby Bag
$900 via Nordstrom

Prada Quilted Camera Bag
$990 via Net-a-Porter

Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Bag
$945 via Neiman Marcus

Saint Laurent Monogramme Lou Bag
$995 via Net-a-Porter

Stella McCartney Falabella East-West Tote
$995 via Neiman Marcus

Tom Ford T Tote Mini Bag
$990 via Neiman Marcus

Valentino Rockstud Mini Bag
$995 via Neiman Marcus


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5 years ago

Hang on: if this article is about BAGS why is item #5 an ordinary wallet? Not even a WOC.

5 years ago

I try so hard to like Gucci Marmont, but that bag just doesn’t cut it for me.

Where are the Dionysus bags?
Where are the Dionysus bags?
5 years ago

Do you ever see the Dionysus line from Gucci anywhere these days ? Ive been quite inactive online this whole summer and now that I am back, I have not seen them around much, in fact, I can’t recall seeing one even once?

5 years ago

I’ve been carrying mine the whole summer but nobody else it seems :/

5 years ago

The Fallabella bag from Stella is not real leather. Even the Loewe bag is real good leather.There are other versions in Avenue bag, in other leather and colors.