Some argue that no designer bag is practical given the price. However, there are many who disagree and are willing to spend any amount on the designer bag of their choice. If you prefer a designer bag that makes sense for your busy life, consider those listed below. They are expensive, but are well made and will last you a lifetime.
Longchamp Le Pliage
The Longchamp Le Pliage handbag hides in plain sight because it is not a flashy bag. Despite its simplicity, it is the go-to bag for women who want the history of old-world craftsmanship and longevity. Made from nothing but nylon and leather, it is lightweight and comes in four sizes, with the starting price at $120. Le Pliage bags are waterproof and many stains are easily wiped off. For tougher stains, the bag can be cleaned in a washing machine for a short period of time.
The Longchamp company allows you to custom-make your Le Pliage at its website, picking handles, bag size, hardware and color. There is also an option to further personalize your bag with an embossed monogram on the leather or embroidered onto the nylon for an additional cost of $7 or $15, respectively. The Le Pliage bag is sold at Longchamp stores and is also available at Saks Fifth Avenue, and online at Bluefly and Magnums.
In the late 1990s, head designer for Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquiere, made a few bags to go down the runway during a fashion show. Then known simply as the motorcycle bag, they quickly became popular, with models like Kate Moss clamoring to get their hands on them. That motorcycle bag is now known as the City bag, and is the most popularly sold Balenciaga bag to date. It is a medium sized satchel, measuring 15”(W) x 10”(H) x 4”(D), the City has handles and an adjustable shoulder strap, which allow it to be carried in the hands, in the crook of the elbow, on a shoulder or cross-bodied. That functionality lends to its popularity.
Made from lambskin (agneau) or goatskin (chevre) leather, it comes in several colors and finishes, including suede. The City comes with a regular brass hardware combination, or with silver, gold and rose gold hardware. The price starts at $1,445, and varies depending on the hardware or leather finish. It is available at Balenciaga boutiques or Barneys New York department stores.
Coach Kristin Round Satchel
Established in 1941, Coach is now a top American leather goods producer. The company makes everything from shoes to watches, but is best known for its luxury handbags such as the Kristin Round Satchel. It is a stylish hobo bag that comes with a removable shoulder strap making it extremely versatile and perfect for a mom while shopping or for a businesswoman on the way to a meeting.
The approximate dimensions are 16”(W) x 13.5”(H) x 5”(D), and the Kristin Round Satchel comes in different colors and varieties including all leather, embossed leather, and coated linen. The price ranges from $698 to $798, and the bag is sold at Coach boutiques, outlet stores, and the company's e-shop. Additionally, it is sold at Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Nordstrom.
The house of Givenchy is known for its edgy designs that are contemporary yet timeless. Nowhere is that more evident than the Nightingale bag, which became a Hollywood favorite in the early 2000s. Stars like Heidi Klum, Ashley Tisdale, Christina Aguilera, and the Olson twins are regularly photographed with the bag on their arms. The Nightingale is carried either at the crook of the elbow, in the hands or over the shoulder with the shoulder strap.
The bag comes in three sizes, the small 12”(W) x 12”(H), the medium 15”(W) x 12”(L) and the large which measures approximately 20”(W) x 16”(L). The bag is available at the Givenchy website or at select department stores including Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus. It can also be found at certain online boutiques, including Bluefly.
The Louis Vuitton has been in existence since the 1800s. Its founder was the exclusive luggage maker to the wife of French King Napoleon III. Today, the company continues to make luggage pieces but its bags are highly coveted by women all over the world, so much so that Louis Vuitton bags are amongst the most highly imitated in the world. Yet the company introduces new bags that are practical for the modern woman. One example is the Evora, which went on sale in America in 2011 for the first time.
Measuring 20”(W) x 19”(H) x 5”(D), the Evora is large enough to carry many objects and has internal pockets. The bag is made from coated canvas material, making it low maintenance yet stylish. It comes in the company's three canvas prints; Damier Ebene, which features dark and light brown squares, Damier Azure, which has cream and blue squares, and the traditional monogram pattern. The bag features leather trim and costs between $2,360.