I'm Kind of a Handbag Expert—Here Are the Best Ones Under $1000 Right Now


(Image credit: @anoukyve; PICTUREDToteme T-Lock Leather Cross-Body Bag ($960))

As an editor by day and avid shopper by night (and weekends and all other times), I can confidently say I know a lot about nearly any product category in the realm of fashion. However, as someone who loves an investment item and prides themself on decoding what's worth buying and what will be outdated or played out too soon, I think my skills shine most brightly when it comes to handbags—a typically higher-priced purchase that one doesn't want to make often. In other words, I'm an expert, but not just any expert—I'm yours! I do the work so you don't have to, and today, I'm giving our readers a real treat.

In honor of the new season, I searched high and low to find the best under-$1000 bags on the market right now. From under-the-radar designers that are vying for your closet space to established brands at a lower-than-usual price point, below are 28 bags I would absolutely love to own, including some I already do. Simply keep scrolling to shop all my picks. 


Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2024, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch Summer House.