FASHION

8 Cool, Affordable Handbag Brands Fashion Girls Love

For when you're stuck between Chanel and a hard place.

In the world of handbags, it can sometimes feel like there are only two options: A stunning, high-end designer piece, or that oversized tote bag you swore would only be for work but happens to be the perfect size for all your stuff. There is no in-between.

If you’re on the hunt for an affordable, everyday handbag that has doesn’t sacrifice on the style front, your options aren’t as limited as you may think.

In fact, there are a number of designers offering stunning, luxury-level bags crafted from quality materials for a decent price tag. And, when you factor in just how much wear a great affordable handbag can get you, the cost can feel more than worthy the money (that’s #girlmath). 

The Best Affordable Handbag Brands 

Here, we round up the best designers making chic handbags that don’t cost a fortune (and head here if you’re after affordable shoe brands too).

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STAUD

This LA-based brand is all about accessible pieces with serious fashion cred, and their retro-fabulous handbags are a highlight. Toggle between croc-embossed, sequin-adorned and quirky shapes, all of which are surprisingly well-priced.

Prices: $270 AUD-$700 AUD

Shop via STAUD, The Iconic, Net-A-Porter 

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Vestirsi

Speaking of her desire to launch bag brand, Vestirsi, founder Monica Upton says: “I wanted real Italian leather…I didn’t want in-your-face logos. I just wanted something simple, but well-made.”

And, that’s exactly what you’ll find here; beautiful, timeless bags crafted from luxurious Italian leather.

Prices: $259 AUD-$499 AUD

Shop via Vestirsi 

Carolina Santo Domingo
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Designed in New York City and brought to life in a village of artisan weavers in Bali, Bembien creates the kind of basket bags that will have you instantly dreaming of a holiday on the French Riviera. With the label recently expanding to offer silk scarves and must-have jewellery too, it’s your one-stop shop for the kind of accessories perfect for pretending you’re on a permanent European vacation.

Prices: $130 AUD-$370 AUD

Shop via Bembien

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Aupen

Spotted on the arms of Kylie Jenner and Hailey Bieber, this Singaporean label creates stunning pieces that ooze quiet luxury with sleek asymmetrical designs.

Prices: $180 AUD-$490 AUD

Shop via Aupen

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PB 0110

Sticking to a strictly minimalist design aesthetic, designer Philipp Bree’s handbags have become the cornerstone of cool-girls’ oufits in every corner of the globe, from his native Belgium to Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

Prices: $250 AUD-$1000 AUD

Shop via SSENSE

Dylan Kain

Dylan Kain

The brainchild of genetically #blessed sister trio Bonnie, Whitney and Stephanie Gilmore (yes, the six-time world champion surfer)—Dylan Kain is a range of simple leather handbags, elevated with metal hardware detailing and a chic crocodile effect finish. It-bloggers Rumi Neely, Alexandra Spencer and Elle Ferguson are all fans.

Prices: $340 AUD-$840 AUD

Shop via David Jones, The Iconic 

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