As an editor by day and avid shopper by night (and weekends and all other times), I can confidently say I know a lot about nearly any product category in the realm of fashion. However, as someone who loves an investment item and prides themself on decoding what’s worth buying and what will be outdated or played out too soon, I think my skills shine most brightly when it comes to handbags—a typically higher-priced purchase that one doesn’t want to make often. In other words, I’m an expert, but not just any expert—I’m yours! I do the work so you don’t have to, and today, I’m giving our readers a real treat.
In honor of the new season, I searched high and low to find the best under-$1000 bags on the market right now. From under-the-radar designers that are vying for your closet space to established brands at a lower-than-usual price point, below are 28 bags I would absolutely love to own, including some I already do. Simply keep scrolling to shop all my picks.