The Rebecca Minkoff satchel that I received for graduation in 2008, is looking pretty rough. I want to replace it, but I’m on a Hill Staffer’s budget. Can you suggest a few satchels that cost under-$200? I really need black, but I’d also consider gray as an option.
Thank you! Aimee
Handbags are one area where quality and price are inexorably linked. It’s tough to find well-made bags that won’t cost a pretty penny. It can be done, but you have to be willing to kiss a lot of frogs, in order to eliminate the weak links.
Elliott Lucca is a good bag for the money. I owned two, and both held up well for daily use. This satchel has a unique shape and some tasteful embellishments. I also like this frame satchel. If you’re looking for more of a tote, try this Carryall.
Beyond that, if you’d like something under-$100, Steve Madden makes a decent bag. Not great, but good for the price. I like the look of this BKorina large satchel and this Btalia satchel, which comes in several colors.
Prefer nylon bags? LeSportsac is now making bags that are functional and stylish. I LOVE the shape on this Sig Small Satchel, and this Travel Satchel has an extremely sophisticated shape for a bag made out of nylon. Seriously, ladies, if you’re looking for an all-purpose travel bag, small gym bag or knock-around carryall, do not miss these LeSportsac bags.