Best Bag Brands A-Z | Luxury handbags and affordable purses on a budget and in style

From a Target tote to a quilted Chanel handbag these are the best bag brands A-Z. Every outfit needs a handbag. The right bag can become a high-low styling staple. A luxury handbag brand allows you to mix different price points and still look effortlessly pulled together. I’ve been a professional shopper for over twenty years. This summary is packed with shopping tips and my professional stylist suggestions that will help you curate the perfect purse collection. Before you buy a bag consider the 4 L’s.


Skip to this NEW April ’23 blog post to get a recent round-up of Best Name Brand Bags at Nordstrom under $500, and my Top 10 Best Designer Brand Bags.

A | Alexander McQueen

Every clutch collector needs an Alexander McQueen bag with a signature skull four-ring. This cool closure makes this handbag a conversation piece and the ultimate cool girl accessory. Find some deep discounts on one HERE.

B | Bottega Veneta

red bottega pouch 
white blouse
street style
Chanel chain necklace
Multicolor skirt
white button up
Chanel Chain belt
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bottega Veneta Bag
Famous Bottega “Pouch” | Amazon Skirt | Vintage Chanel Accessories

These luxury handbags have been on trend for a while and will continue to be a popular purse pick in 2022. There are so many fabulous color choices. Pick one in your favorite style to add some pop to your wardrobe.

light wash mother crop insider denim 
red Ganni belt
green Bottega cassette
short sleeve white blouse
white top and jeans
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Bottega Bag
Bottega “Cassette” | Mother Denim | Ganni Belt | White Blouse

C | Chloe Crossbody

jimmy choo cage sandals
brown leather jacket
brown chole mini tess leather crossbody leopard print shorts
street style
Chole Crossbody bag
Chloe “Mini Tess Leather Crossbody” | Shorts (Similar) | Jacket Similar

I recommend these bags most for clients looking for a shoulder bag or crossbody option that looks urban but works with a relaxed look too. Compare some of the best Chloe styles and sizes HERE.

Get the look of Chloe for less. See by Chloe.

D | Dior

navy and white argyle vest
vest over a white blouse
pussy bow blouse
Dior crossbody drum bag with guitar strap
dark denim jeans
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Dior Roller
black oblique jacquard 
street style dior bag
Dior bag
Dior Roller Messenger Bag | Amazon Vest 

Monogram and embroidery designer bags are making a big comeback in 2022. I adore my black Dior oblique jacquard messenger bag. It goes with black or blue outfits.

Veronica Beard Miller Jacket 
black double breasted blazer with silver buttons
stipe t-shirt
dark denim jeans
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Scarf belt
Dior scarf as a belt
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Blazer | T-Shirt | Scarf

E | Etienne Aigner

Etienne Aigner genuine leather handbags made in brazil give you a lot of bag for your buck. Their woven purses and totes have a luxury bag feel without the luxury brand price tag.

F | Frame

navy and white argyle vest
vest over a white blouse
pussy bow blouse
Dior crossbody drum bag with guitar strap
dark denim jeans
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Dior Roller
black oblique jacquard 
street style dior bag
frame le crop dark denim
travel in style
black pumps with red soles
85 mm black 
Christian Louboutin
Dior bag
FRAME baby boot crop flare jeans

My FRAME baby boot crop flare jeans are one of the most popular things in my closet right now. At these prices, these FRAME Mini Les Second leather crossbody bags and totes will be too.


girls on the street 
street style
gold and black gucci cardigan
Gucci tote 
black gucci platform shoes
White steve madden mules
Vintage quilted Chanel handbag 
black quilted chanel handbag with gold hardware
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Gucci bag
Gucci Cardigan | Gucci Tote

Gucci designer bags have been a go-to for my clients and me forever. Their styles and fabrications are so diverse, yet stand the test of time. These are some of my favorite medium size crossbody and small everyday bags. See all the house of Gucci has to offer HERE.

Gucci Cap
camel cable knit sweater
Gucci monogram bucket bag
Gucci hat
leopard print mules
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Gucci Bag
Cindy Jeans | Mules (similar) | Sweater | Purse | Hat (similar) | Earrings

You can get Gucci on sale. Check these out. They won’t show up when you search the retailer site, but I’ve linked some here.

H | Herrschel Supply Company

These durable canvas bags and backpacks transcend age and gender. See the full Herschel Supply Company collection at Nordstrom HERE.

I | Isabel Marant

Iconic fashion label Isabel Marant has a cult following head to toe.

J | Jimmy Choo

As a stylist, I’m not sure what I love more Jimmy Choo shoes or Jimmy Choo Bags! Even their neutral bags are sexy.

K | Kurt Geiger London

Outfit idea
White frame t-shirt
baby boot
dark denim flare
kurt geiger nude pumps
kurt geiger flats
pointed toe flats
sequin handbag
chandelier earrings 
black veronica beard blazer with silver hardware
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Blazer | T-Shirt | Jeans | Bag | Earrings | Flats | Heels

Kurt Geiger London Sale 50% off

Kurt Geiger bag
metallic bag
pink sweater dress
Burberry trench
white marc fisher boots
david yurman hoops
David Yurman long necklace
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Trench | Dress | Boots | Bag | Hoops| Necklace

L | Loewe

Loewe puzzle bags are the epitome of understated designer chic. With various colors and sizes to choose from you’ll love Loewe.

M | Marc Jacobs

Red Marc Jacobs Shutter crossbody
Slides red woven Vince Camuto slides
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Marc Jacobs Shutter | Levis | Slides | Button-up

Marc Jacobs is an all-time favorite affordable designer brand bag. The Shutter leather crossbody is a great size. Change up your cross body’s look by swapping the leather strap for a cool nylon guitar style.

Looking for a little more room? Try the Soft Box 23 style. You can swap out the strap on these too.

N | Nike

the Nike Heritage Hip bags are totally trending! Wear one crossbody or on the hip with your favorite cozy capsules.

O | Off White

Off White is urban chic at its best. Crafted in Italy from textured leather, this camera bag with a graphic punch comes fitted with two interchangeable straps to accommodate suit your style.

P | Prada Purse

Prada purses are timeless and durable. If you can get your hands on one, you’ll never regret investing in these pretty purses. The saffiano Italian leather is so durable.

Q | Quited Chanel Handbag

red dress
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Street style 
bracelet stacks
nude pumps
pointed toe nude heels
Chanel beige medium double flap 
Nude bag
Nude Medium Double Flap

A quilted Chanel handbag may be the most coveted item in any woman’s closet. The bag transcends all styles. A classic Chanel bag will make any ensemble look legit.

New bags recently had another price increase. Here are some authentic quality vintage styles available online now. If you’re hard on your handbags I’d recommend caviar leather.

Chanel Medium Double Flap

This is my favorite size for most women, but if you’re taller look at a jumbo.

Chanel jumbo red quilted double flap
Red Chanel bag
Black and white Check Blazer
Rolling Stones T-shirt
Red Chanel Bag street style
Chanel ballet flats street style
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Chanel Quilted Boy Bag

Vince leather leggings
Chanel black and silver boy bag
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R | Rage & Bone

Rage & Bone is another one of my favorite contemporary brands sold at Nordstrom. Their crew neck t-shirt takes the cake. Their bags are just as cool as their clothes.

S| See by Chloe

See by Chloe is my first choice for a bridge designer handbag. The design detail and quality craftsmanship parallel Chole.

T| Target

white dress large hoop peal earrings
circle raffia tote straw beach bag
Target tote
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Straw visor
Under $50
2021 Rafia Tote from Target. Sold out.

Target offers stylish bags at affordable prices. Styles with minimal hardware that are made of fabric or straw instead of leather will look the most expensive.

U | Ulla Johnson

The pretty boheiman brand’s popularity is on the rise while her handbags price points stay under $1000.

V | Valentino Garavani

Valentino Garavani, not to be confused with Valentino by Mario Valentino, will be a designer accessory favorite for fashionistas forever. Their rock stud shoes and luxury reversible designer belts are all great investments.

W | Who What Wear

Bucket bags on are trend. Check out these styles from Who What Wear under $100 from Nordstrom.

X | Xerox

Don’t buy designer dupes. It’s hard to find a convincing designer-inspired handbag. The quality details will always be missing. A bad fake can ruin an outfit. Instead, try smaller knock-offs like earrings.

Y | Yves Saint Laurent

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Burberry pumps All Saints 
Balfern Leather Biker Jacket
YSL Camera Bag 
Black camera bag with silver hardware
leather jacket street style
YSl crossbody street style
silver chain necklace
paige cindy light wash jeans
Camera bag
YSL Camera Bag | Jeans | T-shirt | Shoes | Leather Jacket | Necklace

Curate your designer handbag collection with a YSL handbag. Saint Laurent was one of the premier brands I featured in my Designer Handbag Directory.

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Missoni Dress
Tan hat 
Loulou small
YSL small 
shoulder bag
crossbody bag
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LOULOU small in matelassé “Y”

The LOULOU small in matelassé “Y” makes is a great midsize choice. You can wear this purse as a shoulder bag or crossbody purse.

More Yves Saint Laurent Styles You’ll Love

Z | Zipper Bags

Balenciaga Small Neo Classic

Balenciaga’s Small Neo Classic with zipper detail is a great mid-size satchel. The Mini Neo is a fun small size version.

Balenciaga’s bags are so cool, but if you are on a budget you can get the look for less with a Rebecca Minkoff handbag.

Now I know my A-B-Cs next time won’t you shop with me!

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