I get a lot of questions about bags. One of those questions that pops up often is something around the theme of “wanting to upgrade and spend a bit more money on a handbag that’s worth the quality, without completely breaking the bank just for a designer name”. Fortunately, there are some absolutely gorgeous options out there right now, that are both classic and unique and definitely worth the price. Over the past year, I’ve realized I hardly ever use large bags and always end up grabbing a small-medium size. I love anything that’s a bit different in shape or looks like it could be vintage. Lines like Mansur Gavriel, Clare V and Cuyana keep them coming in classic ways that I’ll continue to use for years to come and that only get better with age. Other brands like Kayu, Simon Miller and Manu Atelier are re-vamping the typical styles we always see, making a handbag more of a statement accessory. These bags range in various shapes and sizes, textures and patterns, but are all under $500 (with many being under $200 and even $100).