I know I'm a fashion editor and some might consider what I'm about to say sacrilegious but, personally speaking, I'm not all that into high-end designer bags. Of course, I'd never kick a Chanel out of bed, nor refuse the gift of a Lady Dior point blank; I would simply rather spend my money on something else. What I do advocate for, however, are affordable luxury bags. Of course, what constitutes as "affordable" to one person will vary greatly to another, and I can possibly determine what that will mean to you specifically but, for arguments sake, let's agree on £500 or less. It's still a significant amount of money, no doubt about it, but it is a figure I'd be prepared to save for should the right handbag come along. Cue DeMellier's New York tote bag.
London-based brand DeMellier has become one of the most talked about bag brands this year, and it's not hard to see why. Leaning heavily on classicism and with a focus on producing handbags that are genuinely timeless, they've quickly become a fashion-person favourite. And it's DeMellier New York tote bag that seems to be the brand's breakout and most coveted style.
The New York collection compromises of four styles; a cute bucket bag, handy crossbody and two sizes of its tote—a midi and a standard. Featuring comfortable tubular handles that nestle in crook of your arm, triangular folds to either side to give it an unmistakeable shape, and premium-looking metal hardware and feet to set it upon, the brand says its the perfect everyday bag—which it is!—but that doesn't detract from its special feel.
The DeMellier Midi New York tote bag currently comes in a selection of six elegant colours, a selection of versatile neutrals including black, brown, tan, cream and taupe, and retails for £425. The larger New York tote is £480 and you cab choose from black, black croc, soft grey or tan.
I've been considering investing in DeMellier New York tote bag for a while now—the midi being the size I've set my sights on. Scroll on to see and shop DeMellier's New York tote bags in every colour (I'm going for the brown). Then continue on to browse the bucket and crossbody styles, too.
Shop DeMellier's The Midi New York Tote Bag
This olive shade has my full attention.
Add a contrasting texture to your looks with this croc version.
It also comes with a longer strap for various ways to wear.
The magnetic closure ensures the striking shape stays intact.
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The delicate contrast stitching is a nice touch.
Shop DeMellier's The New York Tote Bag
The larger size will carry all your essentials, and much more.
The gold hardware compliments every single shade.
Shop DeMellier's The New York Crossbody Bag
There's no denying the useful nature of a crossbody bag.
The metal lock is a subtle nod to the brand.
Shop DeMellier's The New York Bucket Bag
I'm a big fan of a bucket bag for their Mary Poppins-like ability to hold more than you'd expect.
Inside you'll find pockets to keep your essentials close to hand.
The long strap offers both shoulder and crossbody styling options.
This black style features a contrasting suede strap.
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.
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