The best new designer handbags to start AW23 right

Nail that back-to-school style with just one accessory.

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Nothing screams new season like a new designer handbag, though make no mistake: this is the kind of accessory that will seamlessly slot into your forever wardrobe. 

For Autumn/Winter 23, luxury brands have re-imagined some of their classic styles while introducing new designs guaranteed to get you that fashion fix. I'm currently coveting Prada' re-edition of its 2002 nylon baguette gag, J W Anderson's popcorn tote and Manu Atelier three-zipped baguette, all subtle ways to tick off AW23's top fashion trends.

Magpies will also love this season's love-in with colour (red is in, see Chloe's Marcie and Bottega Veneta's sardine bag in scarlet red) and embellishments, specifically chains, as seen on Loewe's Paseo bag and Givenchy's Moon Cut Out bag.

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There's no such thing as playing it safe with this season's designer handbag offering, however if you have a tendency towards the classic style of dressing, then two staples are having a renaissance: the clutch bag and the tote.

The Row's Bourse is the perfect slouchy clutch reminiscent of the 80s, while Amina Muaddi's Yigit bag is a fun take on a 90s handheld baguette.

There's no denying the appeal of a throw-it-all-in tote bag, but why not make it chic? That's certainly what Khaite and Chanel have done with theirs...

If your budget doesn't quite stretch to the latest designer wares, that's not an issue. There is a plethora of contemporary designer brands offering handbags for £500 or under, we even have a specific article dedicated to the topic. 

From the practical to the no-so-practical, the new to the re-imagined, here we breakdown the best new designer handbags to invest in this season.

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