In the 11 years I've spent paying attention to the designer bag market, first as a customer and then as a member of the industry, the biggest, most frequent unaddressed complaint I've heard is that designer bags are too heavy. That's sort of by nature, relative to their mass-market counterparts, because of what sets designer bags apart: thick leather, sturdy construction, high-quality detailing and suede linings all add both a feeling of luxury and a lot of physical weight.
For some people, that doesn't matter. For people who take public transportation, have back or shoulder problems or frequently find themselves carrying heavy things like laptops, though, it can make a huge difference in how often and how happily we use a bag. And while most online retailers will provide you with plenty of physical measurements of a bag, few of them consistently list weight, if at all. (The two most helpful websites for this info that I found in my searching have been Shopbop and Nordstrom.)
Flimsy leather totes are usually pretty reliable when you're trying to guess what's light and what's not, but we combed the internet to find the best options in hobos, satchels, crossbodies and beyond. You can check out the most stylish super-light bags below, and in your own shopping endeavors, we'd advice avoiding metal detailing like studs and chain handles, as well as bags with unnecessary structure, like top flaps and interior leather panels that split the bag into many compartments. Happy hunting.