If you’re looking for a luxurious yet affordable handbag, then my edit of the best designer handbags under £500 is for you. It includes contemporary styles that are more high end than your high street handbags under £100, but that are just that little bit more attainable that the top end designer handbags, sans compromising on style of course.
Make no mistake, just because you don’t have £1,000 to drop at Dior, Bottega Veneta or Chanel doesn’t mean the designer market is completely closed off to you. More and more labels are offering entry-market styles, meaning you can still proudly say you own designer (if you’re into logos and labels), without breaking the bank too much.
For example, Loewe’s basket bag is a bestseller year after year, and for good reason: it’s the perfect summer bag and never goes out of style. Jacquemus’ Le Bambino bag might be small in size, but mighty in style. And it’s so Instagram-worthy. Miu Miu’s clutch bags are perfect for going out out. You can even buy mid-range styles from the likes of J.W. Anderson, Mulberry and Prada, believe it or not.
Isabel Marant and Acne have impeccable tote bags that are roomy and stylish, and A.P.C is great for understated leather bags.
Then you have all your cool contemporary brands. Think Ganni for cool prints, STAUD for baguette bags, By Far for more fun, trend-led pieces and Kassl Editions for go-with-everything pouches.
Much like their more expensive counterparts, these affordable styles can suit all tastes, whether you want a colourful trend-led design for now, or something more classical that will stand the test of time – which, let’s face it, is the ultimate investment and cost-per-wear goal.
So, fancy a treat without waiting for several paydays? Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best designer handbags under £500.
Prada’s recycle-polyamide range is a great sustainable option in the luxury market. This cool pouch will fit a surprising amount of your belongings, perfect for a night out.
Jacquemus’ bestseller Le Bambino might be tiny, but it sure is stylish. You can buy it in any number of covetable colours from orange to pink, but I love this bright blue.
Made from a coated cotton blend, Kassl Editions’ apple-green Anchor shoulder bag is softly padded to impart texture to everyday looks.
Elleme's Vague bag is the kind of accessory you can rely on for every occasion. This crossbody design has gathered detailing – a brand signature – and is made from smooth leather.
Celine’s mini Baily bag is adorned with the house’s logo, pulled from the archives. A true classic.
This brown Wandler Penelope mini leather shoulder bag is crafted in Italy. It has a structured silhouette, enhanced by a tonal rectangular panel that runs from the rear to the front fold over flap.
This neutral Loewe Basket raffia tote bag is crafted from woven straw and features leather handles and a leather patch detailed with an embossed logo.
Coach’s pillow range caused quite the stir when it was launched by JLo last year, and for spring summer it comes in an array of gorgeous pastel colourways such as this cream version.
This brown Chloé Marcie mini basket tote bag has been woven with raffia. Featuring a fold over leather saddle front, this tote has a front buckle fastening and an adjustable shoulder strap.
This neutral Burberry Pheobe Icon stripe mini bucket bag is sustainably made using recycled materials. With all-over signature patterning, it features a drawstring fastening that can be used as a hand strap, printed black logo lettering to the front, internal logo patch and front zipped pocket.
A tote bag is a wardrobe essential, especially if you’re going into the office again, and this style is so much chicer than any laptop bag.
MM6 designs are perfect for the minimalists amongst you.This season the iconic Japanese bag gets re-imagined in mesh, giving it a utilitarian feel.
No one does affordable baguette bags quite like Staud.
If you’re looking for a true investment clutch, then you’ll be hard pressed to find one as iconic as Saint Laurent’s quilted bag, featuring the house’s iconic gold logo.
This cute bag features a detachable gold chain for various carrying options.