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Updated March 29, 2024: This article on the best affordable handbag brands was updated with new editor product picks and trending brands. We are currently testing additional affordable handbags for consideration in this guide.

Without the residuals from a worldwide stadium tour or a TV deal, how often can you say you have the same bag as Taylor Swift or Kendall Jenner? We’ll tell you: Anytime you’re carrying clutches and totes from affordable bag brands like Aupen, By Far, and Mansur Gavriel. The very best ones deviate from dupe culture, which often features unoriginal designs made with lower-quality materials. Truly excellent budget-friendly brands tout styles with the same level of craftsmanship and luxe materials (like rich Italian leather and velvety suede) as designer handbags, and put forward their twist on beloved silhouettes like crossbody bags, shoulder bags, slouchy bags, and tote bags. Many times, they have the very same qualities that draw us toward labels with eye-watering prices, such as their use of sustainable materials and celebrity stamps of approval. 

Besides bragging rights, there are even more reasons to shop from one of the best affordable designer handbag brands, like the fact that our carryalls are strapped to our sides 24/7 and, as a result, face a lot of wear and tear, according to author and fashion stylist Heather Newberger. “While I can live with the idea that someone may accidentally spill a drink on my everyday bag, I can’t really get behind my designer bag being destroyed by something as nonchalant as nail polish being knocked over at the salon,” she adds. If your beach bag plans on touching sand, your bag for work has a sticky subway commute, or your overnight bag is subject to the inside of the overhead bin, a designer pick may not be the most practical choice. 

Then, you have to think about what affordable means to you. Is a $40 bag actually “affordable” when it inevitably breaks in a month? As NYC-based fashion stylist Audree Kate López explains, “If the bag is $200 and you wear it three times per week for a year, it’s less than a dollar per wear,” as opposed to a cheaper bag that falls apart after one wedding reception. 

Contemporary designer bag brands are everywhere, if you know where to look: New labels seemingly emerge out of thin air on a daily basis, and classic heritage brands unleash iterations of cherished styles quarterly. Suffice to say, we have plenty of affordable bag brands to choose from. To narrow down the list, we created this guide with expert tips and product picks to find the best, most high-quality affordable purse brands for anyone’s needs. 

Top Affordable Bag Brands of 2024

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  • Year established: 2011
  • Popular bag styles: Classic Structured Leather Tote, Classic Easy Tote, Classic Easy Zipper Tote
  • Made in: Turkey
  • Price range: $128 to $548

If you’re on the search for an affordable leather tote you can style on the weekends or carry as a work bag, look no further than Cuyana. Our editors recommend the bestselling Classic Structured Leather Tote for haute hauling from point A to B, as it’s available it buttery neutrals you can pair with nearly every ensemble in your arsenal.

The brand’s stylish and supple collection also ranges from satchels, backpacks, chic bucket bags, and more, offering a little bit of everything you can add to your wardrobe without straining your wallet. We’re eyeing new releases like the Linea Bucket Bag, too, which is available in two size iterations and a slew of colorways.

Cuyana Classic Structured Leather Tote

Materials: Pebbled leather
Closure: Leather tie
Features: Interior zip pocket

Cuyana Mini Linea Bucket Bag

Materials: Italian leather
Closure: Magnetic
Features: Interior pocket, adjustable strap


  • Year established: 2018
  • Popular bag styles: The Weekender, The Sport Sling, The Sport Pack
  • Made in: California
  • Price range: $34 to $348

Béis is an authority in thoughtful bag construction and sleek designs. Its affordable, highly durable bags, made of water-repellent nylon and luxe vegan leather, are designed for highly-organized people — or at least those who can improve in that department. Whether it’s a small crossbody phone bag or a carry-all overnight bag, Béis offers hidden compartments and space-saving solutions for every essential and then some, and the options prove to be certified staples in any casual handbag or luggage rotation.

The Weekender Bag is the brand’s most popular design — it functions as a Mary Poppins-like tote with details like a padded laptop sleeve, removable shoulder and crossbody strap, key leash, trolly strap, and a bottom compartment designed for shoes and other large items you’d want to keep separate from clothes. Another bestseller from Béis is The Sport Sling, which offers more pockets than meets the eye in hands-free carrying convenience.

Béis The Weekender

Materials: Vegan leather
Closure: Zipper
Features: Padded laptop sleeve pocket, bottom compartment, trolley strap

Béis The Sport Sling

Materials: Nylon
Closure: Zip
Features: 2 zipper pockets & 1 slit pocket on front, hidden water bottle pocket, back phone pocket



  • Year established: 2018
  • Popular bag styles: Italian Leather Quilted Crossbody Bag, Italian Leather Handwoven Pouch Crossbody Clutch, Italian Leather Quilted Convertible Crossbody
  • Made in: Global factory network
  • Price range: $39.90 to $129.90

Quince is an exceptional brand to shop premium handbags at impressively comfortable price points. Its selection is modern and minimal, offering a myriad of high-style options between everyday bags, mini bags, and stylish totes in supple materials. The brand uniquely ensures affordability by reimagining the traditional supply chain formula in order to keep top-quality goods accessible, without cutting corners on sustainability and ethical manufacturing.

Framed in top-grain Italian leather and lined with cotton canvas, the bestselling Quince Italian Leather Crossbody Bag plays as crossbody or clutch for day to night, while the stylish Handwoven Pouch Crossbody Clutch evokes overtones of quiet luxury in a chic and versatile silhouette. The best part? They’re never priced over $130.

Quince Italian Leather Quilted Crossbody Bag

Materials: 100% top-grain Italian leather, 100% cotton canvas lining
Closure: Zipper closure
Features: Inner zip pocket for your valuables, with an adjustable and removable leather strap

Quince Italian Leather Handwoven Pouch Crossbody Clutch

Materials: 100% top-grain Italian leather
Closure: Magnetic frame closure
Features: Adjustable straps, handwoven

Quince Italian Leather Pouch Crossbody Clutch

Materials: 100% top-grain Italian leather
Closure: Magnetic frame closure
Features: Adjustable straps, handwoven

  • Year established: 2008
  • Popular bag styles: The Medium Basket Bag, The Small Top Handle Bag, The Leather Hobo Bag
  • Made in: Colombia
  • Price range: $350 to $1,200

Hunting Season’s selection shines as a relatively wallet-friendly celebrity favorite, as we’ve seen the elegant handbags and raffia totes styled by effortless dressers from Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Nicole Kidman, Kate Bosworth, and Hailey Bieber. The brand excels in ethical and refined artisan-made designs that are worth the small investment, with handmade weaving and leather molding that’ll stand the test of time.

The Small Top Handle Bag, which we spotted slung by Sophia Richie last summer, reinvents a lady bag silhouette with minimal lines and sleek shaping, while offering protective structure for your essentials in rich leather and woven casing. Another timeless, highly versatile option is The Retro Clutch, which comes in a modern and slim design, and is sure to win compliments at both daytime functions and after-hours occasions.

Hunting Season The Small Top Handle Bag

Materials: Napa Leather, Woven Fique
Closure: Magnetic
Features: Adjustable crossbody strap

13 Best Affordable Handbag Brands 2024

Hunting Season The Retro Clutch

Materials: Nappa leather
Closure: Magnetic
Features: Adjustable handle, fully lined


Mansur Gavriel

  • Year established: 2013
  • Popular bag styles: Cloud Clutch, MFrame Bag, Mini Crossbody
  • Made in: Italy
  • Price range: $395 to $895

Sure, Mansur Gavriel launched with just two bags under its belt in 2013, but like the brand’s star-studded cast of admirers, its line of silhouettes has grown tenfold. It’s not uncommon to see tastemakers like Taylor Swift and Sara Jessica Parker pose for paparazzi photos with the Cloud Leather Clutch in hand. Meanwhile, Katie Holmes has opted for the oversized Candy Hobo in the silhouette-du-jour and an oversized iteration of the brand’s iconic Bucket Bag.  

Mansur Gavriel’s designs aren’t the only way the brand takes liberties. In addition to crafting its cute affordable handbags with criminally soft, supple Italian leather, it also experiments with different sustainable practices such as the partial apple leather bag made from recycled skins of the fall fruit (yes, really). The best part is how this affordable Italian bag brand touts a variety of styles that range from practical laptop bags to the sculptural M Frame bag and furry bucket bags accented with bows, opening the door for every type of consumer.

Mansur Gavriel Mini Cloud Clutch

Materials: Italian lambskin leather
Closure: Magnetic
Features: Removable crossbody strap 

Mansur Gavriel Classic Crossbody Bag

Materials: Embossed cow leather
Closure: Magnetic flap
Features: Fits iPhone

Tory Burch

  • Year established: 2004
  • Popular bag styles: T Monogram tote, Lee Radziwill double bag, Kira Quilt shoulder bag
  • Made in: China
  • Price range: $150 to $1,500

Though Tory Burch’s well-established preppy and polished reputation precedes it, the brand isn’t solely limited to consumers who prefer polite style. While its bread and butter since its inception in 2004 may rely on large logos and structured silhouettes, its recent iterations include dar more modern options that feature mixed materials, architectural lines, and unconventional fabrics. And, last year, the label even welcomed actress and style influencer Sydney Sweeney as its fresh new brand ambassador. 

Yet, we appreciate how the best Tory Burch handbags don’t stray too far from the brand’s iconic design details. For example, take The T Monogram Collection, which caught the eye of Katie Holmes during New York Fashion Week in February 2022. The collection reimagines the iconic T emblem onto a variety of silhouettes from bucket bags to oversized affordable tote bags on a sophisticated, jacquard print fabric. 

Tory Burch Mini T Monogram Tote Bag

Materials: Jacquard, leather
Closure: Magnetic
Features: One interior card pocket, leather base

Tory Burch Robinson Crosshatched Convertible Crescent Bag

Materials: Napa leather
Closure: Zip
Features: Interior card pocket, adjustable strap

Marc Jacobs

  • Year established: 1984
  • Popular bag styles: Tote Bag, Bucket Bag, The Snapshot, The J Marc Shoulder Bag
  • Made in: China
  • Price range: $175 to $1,495

The great equalizer, Marc Jacobs curries favors with every generation. Since it stepped on the scene just a hair ahead of the ’90s, supermodels and style mavens alike have opted to carry the brand’s iconic silhouettes, such as the Marc Jacobs Stam Bag, the Quilted Leather Bucket Bag, and the well-loved J Marc Shoulder Bag. It’s practically a prerequisite for every A-lister, from Kaia Gerber to Zendaya, to wear this designer on their arm at one point, though they typically become loyalists. 

These bags are beloved partly for the fact that their sleek silhouettes could punch up the appeal of our most well-worn pajamas. However, they also boast features that make them an equally handy pick to have around. The Marc Jacobs Tote, for example, earned millions of TikTok views when users showed off how many items you can neatly tuck into the pockets of this affordable designer tote bag’s deceivingly compact size.

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Marc Jacobs The Medium Tote Bag

Materials: Cotton canvas
Closure: Zip-top
Features: Interior zip pocket and slip pockets, detachable straps

Marc Jacobs The Snapshot Bag

Materials: Leather
Closure: Dual top zip closure, interior slip pocket, exterior slip pocket
Features: Removable and adjustable webbing strap

Testing and review notes: “I’ve had this bag for nearly four years now and it looks the same as when I first pulled it out of its canvas duster bag. Not only that, but its playful silhouette and shockingly red color consistently gets me compliments.”

Marc Jacobs The St. Marc Mini Top Handle Bag

Materials: Leather with polyurethane coating
Closure: Magnetic 
Features: Detachable chain strap, two card slots


  • Year established: 1941
  • Popular bag styles: Tabby shoulder bag, Willow tote bag, Bandit crossbody bag
  • Made in: China, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines
  • Price range: $95 to $2,800

When Coach launched its original saddlebag decades ago, who knew that the brand would continue to stay fresh and relevant among choosy Gen Z consumers and its more seasoned clients with some of its original silhouettes? Of course, the mid-range designer bag brand is a pro at capturing the current zeitgeist, as it releases iterations of its classic silhouettes with trend-centered additions such as metallic shades, pillowy silhouettes, and heavy hardware. Notably, we’re keeping our eye on the flashy re-brands of the enduring Tabby Bag.

In its latest strategy to capture the heart of the eco-conscious younger generations, Coach launched Coachtopia in 2023. The subbrand upcycles leather scraps left on the cutting room floor and uses other recycled materials to re-design handbags in a range of silhouettes and styles. 

Still, everything from its dreamy Y2K-adjacent fluffy Mira shoulder bag to its timeless saddle bag maintains a high level of quality and craft that gives them life generations over, and all for as low as $150.

Coach Tabby Shoulder Bag 26

Materials: Polished pebbled leather
Closure: Snap
Features: Interior and exterior slip pockets, detachable long strap

Coach Sammy Top Handle 21 Bag

Materials: Leather
Closure: Pushlock
Features: Detachable strap, outside open pocket


  • Year established: 2015
  • Popular bag styles: Tommy Beaded Bag, Ollie Bag, Large Moon Bag
  • Made in: Los Angeles, CA
  • Price range: $150 to $600

The key to elevating a basic outfit while maintaining its nonchalant spirit is with the right bag — that’s one rule we’ve clocked from purveyors of street style like Kendall Jenner, Alexa Chung, and Gigi Hadid. For years now, the Los Angeles-based affordable purse brand Staud has been an off-duty accessory label of choice for celebs. Jenner has tucked the Tommy Beaded Bag under her T-shirt-clad shoulders on several occasions, and we’ve spotted Hailey Bieber carrying the Moon Bag in tow alongside her white trainers and hoodie. 

And, considering co-founders Sarah Staudinger and George Augusto built the brand with a mission to create high-quality bags whose styles match timeless classics for trend, it’s clear why the bags are ubiquitous among cool girls everywhere. While many designs embody quintessential silhouettes such as a rectangle-shaped tote or structured crossbody, each one breaks tradition in some form, whether it’s by spelling out novelty sayings in dazzling crystal beads or showcasing flashy animal print shades.  

Staud Colt Leather Shoulder Bag

Materials: 100% cow leather
Closure: Zipper
Features: Interior carabiner clip; hammered chain hardware detail

Staud Large Moon Croc Embossed Bag

Materials: 100% Cow Leather
Closure: Metallic Clasp
Features: Removable logo-embossed accent

What experts say: “If you’re looking for an affordable bag that screams luxury, I would strongly suggest choosing something in a unique shape or constructed using distinctive materials such as embossed leather, like this one. Both of these things will elevate your bag in a way that will have people wondering just how much you spent on it,” says Newberger. 

Staud Tommy Bag

Materials: 100% glass beads
Closure: Magnetic clasp
Features: Available in multiple beaded colorways and patterns


  • Year established: 2000
  • Popular bag styles: Bou Bag, Tote Bag
  • Made in: China
  • Price range: $115 to $525

Though Scandinavian brand Ganni is over two decades old, leave it to internet darlings like Emma Chamberlain and a strong social media presence, (#GanniGirls, anyone?), to keep its mainstay among the fashion community. As illustrated by the brand’s use of oversized collars and playful proportions, it will not be denied from having fun, and similar to its apparel, its handbags don’t take themselves too seriously, either.

We suddenly feel like we’re back in math class while holding Ganni’s delightful collection of hexagonal and square-shaped bags — each becomes more exciting when you delve inside to reveal leopard print lining or equally thrilling design detail. And who wouldn’t smile while swinging the extended knotted handle of the Raffia Bag from their hand? Make no mistake, despite their quirky appeal, these bags boast the same high-quality and eco-conscious materials as Ganni’s clothing. As a bonus, most of the bags are made from recycled leather.

Ganni Bou Bag

Materials: Recycled leather
Closure: Magnet
Features: Double compartments, interior flat card pocket, adjustable and removable shoulder strap

Ganni Butterfly Top Handle Bag

Materials: Recycled leather
Closure: Zipper
Features: Leopard lining, shoulder strap


  • Year established: 2016
  • Popular bag styles: Numéro Un Nano bag, Numéro Sept Mini handbag
  • Made In: Spain
  • Price Range: $290 to $1,350

Less than a decade old, this French family-owned brand captured the hearts and wallets of your most stylish friends, fashion influencers, and the TikTok community. Polène bags even (fittingly, we might add) played a recurring role in the series “Emily in Paris” — we’re still lusting after the Yké in Epuisé that swung off Lily Collins’ wrist in the series. You can add the royal seal of approval to this brand’s resume, too, as we clocked Kate Middleton carrying the Numèro Sept Mini Handbag during a recent press junket. 

We’re not surprised that Polène is popular among princesses and celebrities alike, considering all of the brand’s bags are made with rich Spanish and Italian leather crafted in Ubrique, Spain, a village famous for its leather goods. Additionally, each design touts curved edges, waves, and folds which lends them a touchable and artistic appeal fit for the boardroom or the ballet. 

Its designs keep functionality in mind too, as many of the shoulder bags feature adjustable straps so you can wear them under your arm or as a crossbody. Between their durability (take a look at this TikTok that literally tears one apart to show its impeccable craftsmanship), universal silhouettes, and rich neutral tones, you can count on these bags as enduring wardrobe staples.

Polène Yké Bag

Materials: Rattan, Italian leather
Closure: Flap
Features: Three colorways available

Polène Cyme Bag

Materials: Calf leather
Closure: Open
Features: Can be worn as a handbag, elbow bag, or shoulder bag


  • Year established: 2022
  • Popular bag styles: Purpose, Fearless, and Nirvana bags
  • Made in: Brooklyn and Singapore 
  • Price range: $120 to $340

Can you think of a better way for a brand to get on the map than Taylor Swift sporting one of its styles? That’s the case with Aupen. Olivia Rodrigo, Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Lawerence, and Selena Gomez, also count themselves fans of this ethical handbag brand. And no shade to Swift or these other superstars, but even without these celebrity style sightings, we’re confident the brand would continue to experience its dramatic skyrocket to fame.

At merely a year old, the brand’s sudden popularity is undoubtedly thanks to Singapore designer Skye Tan’s detailed eye and his skillfulness at taking a tired silhouette and giving it a new life with sharp, asymmetrical silhouettes and dripping embellishments. Frankly, the handbags are unquestionably sexy, as evidenced by the Swift-worn Nirvana bag’s curvaceous silhouette and how Selena Gomez offered endless appeal carrying the sultry Purpose Ice in hand.

Despite the most expensive option still costing less than a Dior wallet, its premium materials are designed in Brooklyn and Singapore, feel and look stunningly luxurious, and boast impeccable craftsmanship. And, to appease the eco-conscious consumer, its manufacturing practices are certified by the well-credited environmental organizations Amfori, Control Union, and Global Recycled Standard.

Aupen Nirvana Bag

Materials: Vegan leather
Closure: Zipper
Features: Braided strap

What experts say: “I love the simplicity of this purse, but it’s more fashion-forward than a traditional bag with the asymmetrical body and braided strap, which is durable and trendy. The removable Aupen metal keychain showcases the brand in a subtle, not logo-mania way which I love because it can be worn over and over again and you don’t feel like you’re a walking billboard,” says López.

Aupen Purpose Ice Bag

Materials: Vegan Leather
Closure: Zipper
Features: Adjustable strap

Kate Spade

  • Year established: 1993
  • Popular bag styles: Katy Shoulder Bag, Sam Icon Medium Tote Bag
  • Made in: USA, China, and Italy
  • Price range: $125 to $550

Far from mundane, (have you seen the 3D Showdog Fringed Bag?) Kate Spade’s tomato-shaped purses and taxi cab yellow micro clutches are the ray of sunshine breaking up our collection of neutral-toned work totes and practical crossbody bags. While its arsenal of eccentric designs never falls short, we’d be remiss not to pay respect to its line of classic purses, too. The now re-imagined Sam Shoulder Bag, for example, was the first silhouette ever released by the brand, earning it a loyal client base of ‘90s career women who wanted a high-quality, sharp-looking bag on an entry-level salary. 

Similar tote bag styles earned Kate Spade a couple of cameos in the original run of the “Sex and the City” series and iterations are still present on the shoulders of working women everywhere. Its celebrity fan base remains consistent today, now popular among younger stars like Millie Bobby Brown. Not to mention, the stunningly sweet Love Shack Heart Shape Crossbody garnered a waitlist and 7.2 million views on TikTok from Gen Z shoppers. 

Kate Spade Hudson Medium Convertible Crossbody Bag

Materials: Pebbled leather
Closure: Zip-top
Features: Interior and back slip pockets, removable and adjustable crossbody strap

What experts say: “I love the dual purpose of this bag because it can be a shoulder bag or crossbody. It’s good for going out or everyday wear,” says López.

Kate Spade Slice 3D Pizza Crossbody

Materials: Satin, Italian Leather
Closure: Zip-top
Features: Removable chain strap, interior card slots

By Far

  • Year established: 2016
  • Popular bag styles: The Rachel, Billy Bag
  • Made in: Spain, Bulgaria
  • Price range: $300–$700

You can feel like you’re part of the family every time you sport a handbag from this twin sister-run brand. By Far manufactures all of its bags in family-owned factories in Bulgaria and Spain, where craftsmen pay sharp attention to detail, as evidenced by the fine, nearly imperceptible stitching and elevated materials featured in every design.

And if you don’t immediately recognize the By Far name, you’ll most definitely recognize its bags. Kendall Jenner has slung the ‘90s-inspired Rachel affordable shoulder bag over her shoulder a time or two. And the Amber bag keeps good company with Hollywood elite like Kaia Gerber, Selena Gomez, and Bella Hadid. While many of its carryalls have minimalistic designs, anyone seeking an option with more pizzazz can still find vibrant shocks of pink and chain link hardware intermixed throughout its collection.

By Far Rachel Bag

Materials: Patent leather
Closure: Zipper
Features: Cotton twill lining

By Far Rubik Fuchsia Patent Leather Bag

Materials: Italian Cowhide leather
Closure: Zipper
Features: Inside zip pocket

What to Look for in an Affordable Bag

Material: “Leather or faux leather is still your best friend when it comes to choosing a high-quality material for your bag,” says Newberger, who adds that nylon is another great option because it’s easy to clean and durable. López agrees and suggests opting for more unconventional materials like tweed, wicker, and straw bags to add additional personality to your carryall.

In addition to steering clear of cheap-looking materials such as polyester and polyurethane, López tells us to avoid plastic or overly shiny hardware. Instead, she suggests looking for minimal hardware and invisible stitching, adding that we should skip contrast and colorful stitching, because “this can make the bag feel juvenile, cheap, and not timeless,” she says. That doesn’t mean the fun is forbidden. As Newberger points out, design details like beading, unique handles, ruching, ties, and zippers can punch up the appearance of an affordable purse, regardless of material. “Each of these things offers the consumer something additional and helps justify the cost,” she adds.

Silhouette: In general, our experts agree that avoiding super trendy silhouettes and purchasing minimalist handbags is the best way to make an affordable handbag look more expensive than it is. Still, Lòpez says you can lean into the trends and have a multi-use, versatile piece by choosing a bag in a classic neutral color, and one made with high-quality materials, like Italian leather.

Additionally, you can’t go wrong with classic crossbody bags, or even belt bags as these are ideal for everyday wear since they allow you to go hands-free and keep the purse close by your side while you navigate through busy shopping centers and streets. 

Size: “I believe that you need at least three bags in your closet,” says López. She recommends a small clutch for special occasions, a large leather or canvas tote bag to function as your catch-all bag for work and travel, and a go-to everyday purse such as a medium-sized crossbody bag. Most importantly, your bag should be large enough to fit whatever items you need that day. Purchasing structured bags with compartments and pockets can keep the bag looking sleek and polished, even if the inside is bulging with your life’s essentials. 

Purpose: Before Newberger chooses the type of bag she’ll be carrying for the day, she considers how far she’s traveling, who she’s seeing, and even the weather.  “If I see rain in the forecast whatsoever, I’m choosing an affordable bag over a statement one,” she says. 

Above all, functionality is key, says López, who adds that you wouldn’t bring your work tote to a wedding or grab a micro-clutch before heading out for a long day with multiple pit stops. She asks herself, “Can it fit my phone, cards, keys, lipstick, and whatever I’ll need for the day? Does the work tote fit my laptop, chargers, water bottle, etc.? Does the bag have a zipper or snap closure for security and safety?” 

How We Selected the Best Affordable Bag Brands 

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When it came time to find the best affordable handbag brands, we set out to give our readers an in-depth point of view on the best styles and designers in the market. First, we researched hundreds of the most popular handbag brands, styles, and silhouettes to discover the best affordable handbag brands for 2024. Then, we narrowed it down even further to divulge our top favorites. To ensure all bags were thoroughly researched properly, we read thousands of online reviews and talked to industry experts, including López and Newberger. For other styles, we enlisted additional research help from the WWD Shop editorial team and sought inspiration from our own closets. While we all have personal favorites, our list includes the best handbag brands that are durable, on-trend, and don’t sacrifice style or quality for price. Learn more about us here.

Meet the Experts

Audree Kate López is a fashion stylist, blogger, and editor who’s worked on projects with brands like Marc Jacobs, Alice + Olivia, J. Crew, and Club Monaco. After styling clients and various celebrities in the past six years, she’s well versed in which accessories elevate an outfit, and the right handbag is chief among them. Although Lopez is partial to her Prada Saffiano Leather bag, she’s a firm believer that many affordable bag brands offer products with the same luxurious look and feel, and she often chooses ones from this very list for her everyday bags.

Heather Newberger is a wardrobe stylist, writer, and author of How to Date Your Wardrobe. She’s offered advice to publications such as NYLON, Marie Claire, InStyle, and the Wall Street Journal, including on the subject of handbags. Not only can she share which bag will look best with your outfit, but she also has an eye for understanding what types of handbags you’ll reuse over and over again.  

Meet the Author

Irene Richardson is a Brooklyn-based writer who covers fashion and beauty for brands such as InStyle, Byrdie, Brides, Travel + Leisure, and Footwear News. Her very first designer handbag was a Chloé Small Saddle Bag, which she has barely touched since moving to New York City since she finds it too fragile for long subway commutes and crowded sidewalks. She saves it for special occasions and opts for several bags from brands on this list instead. They allow her to blend in with the most fashionable residents in the city without worrying they’ll get destroyed or lose their luxe looks, and she frequently consults her coworkers, roommates, and friends about what are the best types of bags that fit their city lifestyle.

Olivia Cigliano is a Commerce Writer & Producer at Footwear News and WWD where she writes shopping content across fashion, beauty, footwear, TikTok style trends, and more. Cigliano received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Emerson College, and her byline can be found in publications including Elite Daily and CR Fashion Book. She is currently based in New York City. As a self-proclaimed handbag addict, Cigliano rides the pulse of emerging handbag trends and regularly reports on and recommends popular new releases at WWD. She updated this story in March, 2024, with new editor-recommended picks for spring 2024.

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