I have a confession to make. Last December, I ordered this gorgeous Clare V. (very gently used) from eBay, wrapped it up in a pretty gift box, and addressed the card to myself from my husband. He said it was the best gift HE could have received: not having to lift a finger and gifting me exactly what I wanted.
I oohed and ahhed over it profusely (I had REALLY wanted that bag), and he got all the credit for giving me a truly special gift.
This holiday season, I didn’t even bother with the gift wrap. I bought this chainmail bag in early December, and have been wearing it on repeat. It’s just the pop of fun I’d been craving, and I’m amazed by how good it looks with even casual outfits. I obviously have quite the love affair with Clare V., but there are several other designers that I consider splurge-worthy as well.
8 Everyday Designers Bags That Are Worth Every Penny
So, if you’re itching to spend some holiday gift $$ on something fabulous…or if you’re just looking to gift yourself something special for the new year, there are eight handbag designers (including Clare V.) on my list that are definitely worth the splurge. Happily, many of those bags are on sale this time of the year (yay for post-holiday sales!).
Now, when I say ‘worth the splurge,’ I’m not talking about the fancy FANCY designer bags like cult-fave Saint Laurent, or the gorgeous Bottega Veneta. There are a lot of folks who love these bags (actually many of you told us this here), but for MY personal lifestyle, these bags are NOT worth the splurge.
The bags I’m talking about are really well-made bags that Shana has aptly described as “everyday designer.” Most have a little something special (details, texture), which means they work for both day-to-day casual as well as special occasions. These special bags are the kinds of pieces that instantly elevate pretty much anything you pull together from your closet.
Because of this incredibly fun job I have here at TME, I have the privilege of researching, trying out, and owning MANY good bags. The eight below are by my absolute favorite handbag designers for fabulous splurge-worthy special handbags.
MANY of these bags are also available second-hand for more budget-friendly prices and a more sustainable purchasing option. Make sure to check: eBay | The RealReal | ThredUP or your local second-hand stores.
1. For The Easy Win (Overall Fav): Clare V.
Clare V is easily the overall TOP pick (by both, Shana and me) for wildly good bags. A 100% easy win in our opinion if you’re looking for a very special, but really well-made bag. Slightly quirky, but still timeless — these are the bags both of us reach for the most in our closets and the ones that we keep wearing year after year.
More Clare V Bags
2. For The Playful: Loeffler Randall
The perfect bag for the playful. Loeffler Randall bags are SO much fun to wear and add instant life to any look. The animal print sling bag is under $100 right now, and the gold Loeffler Randall comes in other gorgeous colors as well.
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3. For the City-Chic: rag & bone
For those who fancy a chic, streetstyle look, rag & bone does not disappoint. Stylish details that keep the look simple, chic and clean.
More rag & bone Bags
4. For The Edgy: AllSaints
AllSaints adds cool, industrial details to all their bags to provide JUST the right amount of edge. Beautiful materials too.
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5. For All Bag-Lovers (The Crowd Pleaser): Rebecca Minkoff
A total crowd pleaser…there are a TON of Rebecca Minkoff fans out there. Simple, easy-to-wear, and versatile. The Julian is a TME reader and contributor fave and is available in nylon, leather and multiple sizes.
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6. For Those Who Wear Art: AAKS
I tend to wear my AAKS bags in the spring and summer, but they make for a VERY special gift any time of the year. I have two of them sitting in my living room doubling as art during the winter season. Absolutely beautiful statement bags handcrafted in Ghana. Black-owned and founded.
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7. For The Impossibly Cool: Staud
Shana and I get compliments on our Staud bags any time we wear them. Unique, fun and impossibly cool.
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8. For Workers On the Go: TUMI
Tumi Backpack (Similar)
TUMI is hands-down the favorite of TME folks who go to the office, carry a laptop, and/or travel on the regular. Practical, comfortable and stylish. Lex does an in-depth review here.
More TUMI Bags
Please tell me SOMEONE else has done my little “bag gifting system” (i.e. buying the fancy bag I really want for myself–before or even after holidays). Any other splurge-worthy bags you guys are loving these days? Any fabulous bags you received as a gift or bought for yourself?