The rich textures that make up a cold-weather wardrobe are undeniably more luxurious than the thin textiles and woven straws of the summer months, but anything that luxe comes with a price. Because we believe in looking for good values even when shopping high-end things, we're big fans of shearling, and this winter's crop of bags is full of it.
Shearling is more leather than fur, which is what makes it a good bet when looking for the texture of the latter at the price point of the former. Usually hair-removal is part of the leather-making process, but in the case of shearling, the sheep is short close and the other side of the hyde is tanned to make suede. For most of its history, shearling was worn with the suede portion to the exterior and the fur inside for warmth in outerwear and boots, but recently, it's been flipped more and more often.
Thanks to shearling's relatively affordability (and, of course, every time we say "affordable," it is relative to average prices in the luxury market) as a manufacturing material, many contemporary brands have used it in their handbags to give them an extra note of tactile extravagance. Below, we've assembled a totally touchable lineup of ten shearling bags for your shopping pleasure, all under $700. (And, thankfully, most of them are far under that.)