Every season, we dig around for the best values available to designer bag shoppers looking to keep their expenditures solidly in the three-figure range, and every season, it gets a little tricker. Prices are forever heading northward, and even when a brand decides to resist those market forces, it can risk compromising the quality of the materials it's able to use. Thankfully, we've found 20 bags that provide both luxe looks and not-totally-mind-bending price tags.
Below, check out new fall bags from our long-time contemporary favorites like Tory Burch and Coach, as well as solid picks from newer, smaller brands that may not yet be on your radar.
Jump on it, girl! Feeling a bit Super Mario-ish these days? The Blaze a Trail Mushroom Clutch Bag is such an adorable piece which screams geek couture, just because it gives fun take at bag design. We know that you love everything Kate Spade, that’s why we’re giving it to you…served fresh! Please don’t be tempted to chomp on this bright shroom, though – it looks good, but it’s not tasty as it seems.
The bag is made of soft smooth cowhide with matching trim, with 14-karat gold plated hardware accents which make the piece look better in every way. This clutch has a magnetic closure and an optional snake chain, allowing you to carry it with your hands or have it hang beautifully as a crossbody or on your shoulders. Inside, it has a center dividing zipper pocket which makes it fully functional.
Measuring 7.3” x 6.6” inches (H x W), you can get your very own Blaze a Trail Mushroom Clutch Bag for $348 USD via Kate Spade New York online boutique.
I am pretty sure you were all wondering what are the world’s most expensive bags? How much do these cost and why are they priced so high?
Well, Hermes is by far the most expensive brand ever and its limited edition pieces are truly priceless.
Chaîne d’ancre: This bag is just an item from the Hermes Haute Bijouterie Collection, a very expensive bag designed by the designer Pierre Hardy. It is made from random white gold studs and 1,160 diamonds of 33.94 carat . This very complicated and expensive purse took Pierre almost two years to manufacture it. Only three pieces will of this model will be made. This outrageous bag costs $1.9 million!
Kelly: This bag is made of meshes of rose gold and it is applied with white gold studs and 11,303 diamonds of 86.24 carat. This very expensive bag was also created by the talented Pierre Hardy and it is part of the Hermes Haute Bijouterie Collection. The model costs $1.9 million as well!
Hermes Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile Birkin: This superb handbag is made from 18k white gold and has diamond hardware. It was bidded for over 2 million USD back in 2011!
Hermes Birkin by Ginza Tanaka: This bag was designed by the Japanese designer Ginza Tanak. It is made from platinum and embelished with over 2000 diamonds. The fascinating part is that its diamond strap turns into a necklace and a bracelet. It also has a 8 carat pear shaped diamond that cane be used as a jewellery. In 2008 this was sold for $1.9 million.
At the moment, Fendi is one of the most popular bags manufacturer and naturally also one of the most replicated brands on the market. Let’s face it! Nowadays there are so many fakes out there and so well made that it has become incredibly difficult to distinguish a real Fendi bag from a good replica. The differences between an imitation and the genuine product are very subtle. Still, there are some few basic things you should pay attention to when trying to evaluate the authenticity of a purse. Things like the quality of the leather, the style and craftsmanship of the hardware, the logos, tags and other authenticity markings; these are the important details that you should study very closely. So if you have bought a bag and want to determine if it is fake or genuine, or even if you are thinking of buying a replica and want to choose an authentic looking one then you should keep in mind the following tips.
As expected, the first sign of a fake bag is the inferior quality leather. A Fendi Tote leather is manufactured from high end quality leather. This top quality leather is so firm that the bag stands up on its own without bending, not even a little bit. Another important aspect is the smell of the materials used for the bag. Superior quality leather such as the one of authentic Fendi bags have that clean and specific leather smell. While on the other hand, on replica Fendi bags even if these are made from real leather, the quality and the smell will surely not be the same. Imitation purses smell like chemicals. The smell is very persistent and hard to stand. The manufacturers use many chemicals trying to imitate the shine and appearance of good quality leather, and this is what causes that awful smell.
Another very visible detail is the quality of the hardware. Real Fendi bags use only the finest metals and the craftsmanship is flawless. Take a look at the whole hardware of a bag and see if every single piece is made exactly in the same shine and color. Also, all luxury handbags manufacturers apply a very thin layer of protective plastic over the hardware to preserve its shinny surface. This plastic is meant to be removed only after the product is purchased by a customer. If you have bought a bag and it does not have the protective plastic over the hardware then this probably means it is just a Fendi replica.
A very subtle and very hard to spot difference is the stitching of the purse. This should match the main coloring of the product. Also, the stitches should be perfectly even and symmetric. Fendi bags do not have any stitching imperfections such as loose threads or small crooked threads.
All the logos, Fendi name and any other text applied on a Fendi bag should be engraved on the hardware or heat embossed on the leather. On most replica purses the authenticity markings will be simply printed on the surfaces, but this is not acceptable when you are looking for an authentic looking bag. It is a clear sign that the product is a fake.
The inside does matter, particularly when we are talking about a luxury bag so do not forget to look inside of the purse. Original Fendi models use linings made out of very good quality satin. This type of very good quality satin has a beautiful perfect shine. Also, the lining is supposed to be stitched on. If you look inside a replica Fendi bag you will see that the lining isn’t stitched on. It is glued into the bag.
At the inside of a Fendi bag you will also find the very well-known authenticity tags. There are a couple of particularities of these tags. Firstly, the Fendi hologram sticker should not be glued on and should never fall off. If you find a purse with such a low quality applied sticker then this purse is a fake. Secondly, the serial numbers from the tags are sewn and not printed.
Another important thing is the price of the purse. The price should be a clear warning regarding the questionable origins of the bag. Original Fendi purses cost about $500 to $3000 depending on the model and materials used. You cannot expect to buy such a luxury product for a couple hundred dollars or less. It is not remotely possible. If someone offers you a bag at this price then it is surely a fake Fendi.
Essential when you are looking to buy a bag and you do not want to end up with a very fake looking Fendi in your closet is to do a little research. Compare the pictures and information from the original Fendi website with the ones of the product you intend to purchase. Also, all Fendi purses are being sold with an authenticity card and this must match the serial number located at the inside of the bag. Simply follow these easy directions and I am confident that it will help you make an informed purchasing decision when planning to buy your next fabulous Fendi purse or even your first designer handbag.
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Chanel lovers in the house, represent! Today, we’re featuring another bag that’s really TDF (to die for) in terms of design and quality. The Metal CC Signature Clutch Bag with Chain is really “bringing it” – not to alarm other coveted pieces in the biz, however, we must say that we are quite impressed by this piece.
This black lambskin stunner is beautifully embellished with metal CC signatures that seem to swarm the bag like beautiful stars. I mean, how can you not love this fine piece of leather? Of course, let’s not forget about the silver eyelet detailing which surrounds the edges of the bag. It’s fascinating how Chanel manages to give us so much in single piece. You can never have too much metal with this label.
The neutral color of this piece makes it a suitable companion for many events, since you can easily mix and match it with most of your wardrobe staples. We’re dying to get our hands on this!
You can get your very own Metal CC Signature Clutch Bag with Chain via Chanel boutique.
Chanel Metal CC Signature Clutch Bag with Chain
Style code: A94404
Size: 5.3” x 8.1” x 2.4” inches
Price: $6700 USD; €5450 EUR; £3925 GBP; S$9500 SGD; A$9230 AUD