As a fashion editor, I naturally tend to rack up a pretty lengthy list of things I want to buy at any given moment. Most of the time, that list consists of basics and a few trendy thrills, but it also includes a few key luxury buys—specifically, designer bags. Let’s just say that if money were no object, I’d have a closet full of serene and minimalistic pieces from brands such as The Row, Khaite, and Totême. But since I do, in fact, have a cap on my shopping budget, I’m looking to emulate this goal aesthetic on a slightly more affordable budget.
Enter what I’m calling the best midrange designer bags. Before I can genuinely afford to purchase a bag from the designers mentioned above, I’m eyeing a number of bags from contemporary labels such as Manu Atelier, Staud, and BY FAR that are more comfortably within my budget. Ahead, discover the 10 bags I’m seriously considering investing in becuase they look ultra elevated and happen to be within my budget (nothing tops $900 here, which is honestly pretty good as far as designer bags go). With that, continue on to see the carryalls I’m eyeing.