Today’s post is brought to you by the incredibly stylish Marc Jacobs Madison satchel, which I have been staring at since my trip to Boston. And which I will keep staring at until I either crack and buy it, or the bag bursts into flame thanks to the intensity of my stare. In addition to the taupe color above, it comes in basic black and an equally scrumptious oxblood.
Regardless, this bag got me thinking: Where have all the stylish satchels gone?
The store shelves are filled to bursting with backpacks, bucket bags, slouchy totes, and crossbody bags. But it seems that designers are stocking fewer and fewer satchels. Here are seven satchels in every price point from the totally luxe to the positively frugal.
Splurge Bags: $750 and Up
Speaking of my Boston trip, I finally got the chance to do a little shopping with my friend Jean from Extra Petite. We were talking about things you splurge on, because every woman has that one thing. I have always loved rings. I own so many I could use twice as many fingers. Jean loves designer bags. So she asks me which bag I would splurge on if I could have any bag on the market…
The Givenchy Antigona Satchel ($2,435) has long been my bag of choice. The clean lines and minimal details are perfection. I love the peaked corners and how the straps widen at the base. It’s the kind of elegant bag I could carry until I need my AARP card.
Slightly Spendy Bags: $300 to $750
Kate Spade is making some fantastic bags right now. I love the soft mushroom color on this Orchard Street satchel ($438). The tassel detail adds just the right amount of playfulness. And a crossbody strap is always a solid addition. She also makes a similar hobo style for $150 less that is equally stunning.
Mid-Price Bags: $150 to $300
Michael Kors makes a great bag; this Medium Harper Satchel ($179) is no exception. They’re sturdy, chic, and the perfect size for the office. They hold enough, but not too much. And if you’re willing to search around a bit, you can usually find them on sale at Macy’s or another retailer. This week, MK is offering 20% off $250+ in purchases, and 25% off $300+.
Frugal Bags: Up to $150
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice handbag. There are plenty of stylish pieces on the market in a fiscally responsible price point. I like this Steve Madden Braelyn satchel ($37) in this magenta shade, but it also comes in tan or black. Just avoid the inexpensive bags that are covered in cheap looking hardware, and the ones made of leather that feels like a plastic grocery sack.