Let’s create some handbag drama
On a recent trip to L.A. to visit my very good friend Nancy, she told me she needed a new bag and asked if I would put a post together. Now, who could resist a little fantasy shopping for a friend? She expressed interest in new, up-and-coming brands that are not too expensive. We agreed I wouldn’t write about anything over $1,000.
And what a great time to write about new brands! Most Instagram feeds right now are packed with fresh designers that most people probably haven’t heard of. Here @TheKoolestWomen we have done all the research and checked out all the bags so you don’t have to!
Clare V: Hands down Clare V is a new favorite, she has hit all the right spots with this striped tote and cute crossbody. As we have seen, the fanny pack is not going anywhere and this one with embossed leather definitely has staying power. Prices range from $250-$535
Mansur Gavriel: This French brand exploded onto the scene about four years ago and has been riding the minimalist wave ever since. They single-handedly brought back the bucket bag originally made famous by Coach in the 1970’s. Mansur bags have contrasting color interiors which add an extra punch to the sleek look - I wish I owned this bag. I love this classic crossbody and the Saffiano Lady Bag is gorgeous in pink. Prices range from $495-$795.
Strathberry and DeMellier: I think it’s pretty obvious that I am obsessed with anything that the Duchess of Sussex gives her stamp of approval to and these two labels don’t disappoint. They are both new to the US and merit a good look. The Strathberry Mini Croc-Embossed Crescent Clutch would be great for a spring/summer wedding and this crossbody with a gold chain shoulder strap goes great with denim. This tote can be a great addition to the work uniform.
Cult Gaia: If there is one brand that epitomizes the power of Instagram it is without a doubt Cult Gaia. Launched in 2012 with just handbags, it has now grown into a full lifestyle brand otherwise known as “The World of Gaia”. They are known for their beautiful basket bags that make you want to book a vacay just so you can wear them. Three of my favorites are the tassel bag with a brass round handle, this architectural brass clutch and this carryall full beaded tote that you can wear with both long or short straps. Prices range from $270-$598.
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