Attainable Luxury: 15 Designer Bags That Are More Affordable Than You'd Think


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Think back to the last time you were scrolling through MATCHES or walking around Selfridges and suddenly spotted it—the item that made a wave of electricity run through your body. Chances are you've experienced the emotion of falling in love with an item (maybe a pair of boots, or a coat that just spoke to you). But, if we're being honest, that moment can quickly switch from exhilarating to disheartening when you turn over the price tag. As much as we love the idea of buying a designer bag, it's not always something that aligns with our budgets. The It styles of the big-name brands can reach heights of two, even three thousand pounds (and the rest), which for many will be outside of the realms of possibility. But whilst we could easily write these off as unattainable, maybe you're looking to invest in a high-quality forever piece, or simply want a little slice of your favourite brand.

With this in mind, we've hunted down the entry-price bags from those coveted designer labels that are usually out of reach for most of us. Now, it's important to note that when we talk about affordable in this context, this is relative to the average price points of the brand and within a luxury price range. What each of us deems as affordable could differ greatly from someone else's interpretation, and we realise this here. In the below roundup, we've considered longevity, craftspersonship, versatility, wearability and, most importantly, price (they're all £1000 or under), so that you can find a bag that gives you goosebumps in a good way. Scroll on to see what we found. 


1. Gucci Bags Under £1000

2. Saint Laurent Bags Under £1000

3. Bottega Veneta Bags Under £1000

4. Prada Bags Under £1000

5. Fendi Bags Under £1000

6. Loewe Bags Under £1000

7. Miu Miu Bags Under £1000

Florrie Alexander
Acting Affiliates Editor

Florrie embarked on her fashion journey while studying French and History at university. Whilst studying in Aix-en-Provence, she began to write her dissertation on the history of fashion and the influence of Haute Couture, and landed her first role at Harper’s Bazaar. Following this, she interned for various publications including Elle, Grazia and Marie Claire before joining the fashion team at Conde Nast Traveller. There, she contributed to international photoshoots, styled pages and covers, and produced engaging digital content.

During a freelance period, Florrie honed her skills in editorial work in various digital and print publications including Vogue Italy and Departures magazine, as well as styling e-commerce photoshoots and personal shopping. Florrie actively pursues an in-depth understanding of fashion and jewellery, and after styling a jewellery cover shoot at Conde Nast Traveller chose to complete the De Beers Diamond Foundation course. Florrie first joined Who What Wear UK as a freelancer before becoming the Commerce Writer, blending both editorial and commercial content. Now, as the Acting Affiliates Editor, she monitors current trends, new-in styles, wardrobe heroes and how best to style them. In her downtime, Florrie can be found in her hometown of London, usually with a coffee in hand.