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The cheapest designer bag options that punch above their weight in value

18th July, 2022

Designer bags. It’s not hard to have a weakness for them. They’re beautifully constructed, made from quality materials and have that certain something that will ensure their longevity in your wardrobe. That said, it’s a fact that they are expensive. Most designer bags on average will require a four figure investment, and that only climbs north depending on the bag you want or the brand you’re after. If you’ve got your heart set on a particular bag, I highly recommend doing your research on it to ensure it’s designed to last, but ultimately saving up for that one piece. Sometimes it’s just true love and if you try to substitute you ultimately won’t be satisfied. However if you’d really love to splurge but are unsure where to start, I’ve rounded up a few pieces, that while they’re not cheap are on the lower end of the pricing spectrum as far as a designer brand goes. Here are a few of my top picks…



Givenchy Antigona Nano crossbody bag

A riff on the classic Givenchy Antigona bag, this crossbody iteration is both practical but still taps into the Givenchy aesthetic. I’m a fan of anything that allows me to go hands free and this bag does just that while remaining ultra stylish.

Chloe Marcie leather and straw basket bag

Straw bags are everywhere at the moment but I like Chloe’s take on the basket bag—it offers a slight point of difference to the style. The addition of the strap makes it ultra practical, and I like the contrast that the leather flap provides to the natural texture of the bag.

Balenciaga Everyday XXS leather tote

You can never go wrong with a leather tote and this version by Balenciaga is both utilitarian and edgy. If you’re a logomania fan, the branding is front and centre, while the classic monochrome colour palette ensures that you’ll be able to wear this bag with multiple outfits.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato leather zip pouch

The signature intrecciato weave is synonymous with Bottega Veneta and this pouch is a great way to embrace the brand without spending as much as you’d need to to buy a larger sized bag. It’s the perfect piece to accompany many an outfit— roomy enough to fit most of your essentials and easily dressed up or down.

Valentino Rockstud medium leather envelope clutch

You can’t go wrong with a Rockstud piece from Valentino. This neutral hue with the iconic studs is a great addition to any bag collection. It’s easily worn night or day making it an ultra versatile piece.

Gucci Petite GG Marmont leather crossbody wallet

I’m a big fan of a wallet on a chain style, and this version from Gucci is ultra sleek and sophisticated. It’s the kind of eternally stylish bag that will serve you well for many years to come.

Chloe Marcie mini leather crossbody bag

A design that’s been part of a brand’s regular collection for years is always a worthy investment. The Marcie bag has become a signature style for Chloe, and it’s not hard to see why—it’s a practical crossbody style, made of supple leather and roomy enough to house all you’ll need for a day out.

Balenciaga Cabas mini canvas tote bag

If you’re after a slightly more casual bag design this is a great option from Balenciaga. I could see this becoming a firm favourite during summer, plus you have the option to wear it crossbody or top handle style.

Saint Laurent envelope quilted textured leather pouch

I think everyone should have a great black clutch in their bag collection. I love the beautiful quilted texture of this bag, plus the fact you can wear it with the wrist strap or without. Also the gold YSL plate is the perfect finishing touch.

Gucci Ophidia small leather crossbody bag

The classic Gucci monogram is always a good investment as far as designer bags go. This one is mini enough for when you want to travel light, but also big enough to house your key bits and pieces. Also once again, big ticks for the fact it allows you to go handsfree.

Loewe small leather trimmed raffia tote

I have this bag in the medium size and can attest to how frequently it gets used. This size is great as it can fit a number of things and is quite sturdy. Plus the best bit? It also comes in at under $1000.

Bottega Veneta The Mini Bulb gathered intrecciato leather shoulder bag

For me, this style echoes the Bottega Veneta Pouch that has been everywhere but just at a much lower price point. It’s also quite an elegant style, which will add a touch of panache to any ensemble.

Tell me—which bag would be high on your wishlist?