As much as I wish I could get my hands on every new designer bag (I'm talking about you, Prada Cleo), it most certainly isn't in my budget right now. But just because I can't spend too much doesn't mean I can't add an A+ bag to my collection. There are a variety of bags in all price ranges, and if you're looking for luxe bags at a more affordable price point, then you've come to the right place. These brands are better than your average fast-fashion selects but still less than some contemporary brands on the market.
Below, you'll find six handbag brands that Who What Wear editors love and are constantly featuring in our stories. The best part? The options below are all under $250, which you won't believe when you see how good they look.
1. JW Pei
I own a few of JW Pei's bags, and people never believe me when I tell them how much they were. They design fashion-forward bags that are perfect for the girl who likes to change it up often when it comes to accessories.
2. Who What Wear
We designed a collection of handbags for Nordstrom and I promise I'm not biased when I say I want all of them in my collection. Editor-approved and under $150. What more could you want?
3. House of Want
When my fellow editors told me about this new brand on Shopbop, I thought it was too good to be true. Turns out it is, and the brand's bags are elevated pieces that you can constantly turn to in your outfit rotation.
When Ganni started to release handbags, I had high expectations considering its clothing falls into the category of my top favorites. Ganni exceeded the expectations, putting out bags that blow me away when it comes to silhouette, colorways, and design.
5. Charles & Keith
Back when I was in college and used to read Who What Wear on the daily, I discovered Charles & Keith. This brand is perfect for those with a minimal aesthetic as their designs include unique but simple elements that draw attention like gold accents and asymmetrical shapes.
Cleobella is another brand I found while perusing Shopbop, and it gives me the vibes I want when summer starts to approach. Just imagine wearing one of these wicker bags and living out your most perfect cottage-core dreams.