Long gone are the days we were happy toting around a £10 Primark tote bag until the handle snaps off and had to carry around our purse, lip balm and phone in a plastic bag. Now, we’re looking to invest in handbag styles that are not only cool and effortlessly chic, but will also stand the test of time and be better for the environment too.
We’ve put our heads together to compile our ultimate list of brands that sell exceedingly handsome handbags at that sweet mid-range price point. Most styles are under £150, some are under £100, and – if you’re a bit of a whizz at the likes of Depop and Vinted – you can even pick up some of them secondhand for more like £20/£30.
We hope you find a new favourite!
This LA-founded brand is one of our absolute faves for classic styles that not only come in your run-of-the-mill black, tan and white shades but also fun colour-pop options too. There’s violet, there’s mint, there’s emerald, there’s yellow, there’s everything your rainbow-loving heart could ever desire. All bags are made from vegan leather and recycled plastic and most retail for just under £100 (although they’re about £40 secondhand). Shop here.
Whilst there’s not a huge amount of bag choice over at ARKET (one of H&M’s sister brands if you’re not familiar with it), they have a handful of perfectly formed mid-range styles. We love the rigid leather cross-body bag (£150) which is the kind of style that goes with every outfit and you could easily wear every single day, as well as the smaller small crossbody bag (£99). Both come in multiple colour options. Effortless Scandi style = nailed. Shop here.
Another brilliant brand for recycled materials and vegan leather is Danish-founded company HVISK. There’s plenty of fashion-forward styles that come in timeless tones as well as fun pastels and colour-pop shades. Their Cayman cross-body bag is one of their most popular styles (and for good reason), but we love their new gathered Jolly Rush style. Shop here.
& Other Stories
One of our fave high street stores for classic bags that stand the test of time is & Other Stories. Every piece has a trend-led edge whilst still remaining elegant enough to work with pretty much every outfit we own. Their bread and butter tends to be black and tan cross-body bags, we love the Braided Leather Crossbody bag for Loewe Puzzle bag vibes for just £125. Shop here.
We couldn’t believe it when we discovered Roop’s Insta-famous, scrunchie-handled satin bags came with an under £50 price tag. Inspired by furoshiki, a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport clothes, gifts and other goods, they’re made from deadstock, remnant and vintage fabrics, making each one completely unique and brilliantly sustainable. With it’s Y2K vibes and standout prints, the Monica baguette style looks set to be every bit as cult. Shop here.
One of the first brands to make monogrammed accessories, erm, accessible, Azurina has evolved into a go-to destination for timeless, chic bags that could easily be mistaken for being way more expensive than they look. You’ll find everything from supersizes tote bags to super-cute cross body styles in a rainbow or colours and array of finishes. Personalisation optional, but very much advised. Shop here.
We’re yet to find a Ganni piece we wouldn’t want in our wardrobe, and the Danish brand’s bags are no exception. Some styles are at the spendy end of the spectrum, but there’s plenty on offer for under £100, including the cult Festival bag, made from 100% recycled plastic, statement canvas totes and a dreamy satin pouch that’s just perfect for all those summer weddings. Shop here.
Fed up of not being to able to find gorgeous handbags that “didn’t come with a price tag of a two-week vacation” former fashion PR Paulina Liffner von Sydow decided to launch Little Liffner. Fusing sleek Scandi minimalism with luxury Italian craftmanship, Little Liffner’s low-key It bags have been carried by everyone from Hailey Bieber to Kendall Jenner. With sculptural shapes and fun colours, the designs are classic but playful. Shop here.