Best Designer Bags For an Affordable Price Tag and Where to Buy Them Under $1500

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Designers know that every product is an extension of their brand and are often careful about the quality they put out. One bad batch of products can cause significant reputational damage to a brand. One thing all of these brands have in common is the high price tags. Prices can be anywhere between several hundred dollars to several thousand.

Classic designer handbags are classed as luxury items and, as such, can be quite expensive. Some designer bags even get treated as assets as they can be potentially sold for a higher price than the original, an evergreen style! The limited-edition Hermes Birkin is a good example of a designer bag that has now become an asset. Birkin bags are now a collector’s item, with many owners holding out to sell at higher prices.

What are the most affordable designer handbags?   

Affordability is a very relative term, especially when it comes to luxury products. The fact that they are luxury means that they come with a high price, but styles that last. There are still women’s and men’s bags that you can get for pocket-friendly prices, at a sale, or in a specific fashion store with the brands, you already know and love.

For this article, we will focus on bags with trendy styles you can get for under $1500.

Our Favorite 12 Bags ATM  

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 35 Bag $495

Available on Bagover for around $500, the Speedy 35 bag combines a favorite look and affordability, along with the designer name. Made from classic Monogram canvas, the Speedy 35 is a stylish, roomy bag designed for both travel and daily use. Check out this article on how to clean your Louis Vuitton Speedy.

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Prada Re-Edition 2000 Re-Nylon mini bag $795

A re-edition of any bag is always a good investment. Prada loved it so much they had to remake it! This stunning mini bag by Prada is the trendiest thing on the market now. If you buy it now, you can be sure you'll reach for it in the years to come. A classic shape, material, and brand.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Cosmetic Case $345

The Intrecciatto cosmetic case is a small, chic bag that can be paired with most outfits. It is a clutch purse that can house your essential make-up products and other items. It typically sells for $345 on Bagover. But can retail at the Bottega store for a minimum of $450.

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Prada Flip Lock Wallet on Chain Clutch Saffiano Leather Small Blue $625

Available on bagover and other resale websites. The saffiano leather makes this make next to indestructible! If you know, you know. The Prada bag is made of leather exterior and black material interior for an easy clean-up; it can serve various needs from fun outings to corporate dinner and events. Can easily switch up into a clutch.

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Givenchy Bond Camera Bag in Denim $990

Givenchy has been a household name for many years, and while it may have dropped in popularity in recent years, it seems to be making a huge comeback. Ariana Grande was recently the face of their Givenchy ID bag launch. Get your hands on this denim one as both the designer AND the denim material are on the come-up. You don't want to be late for the fashion party.

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Chanel Lambskin Brown Quilted Square Crossbody Bag $1300

Made from a cotton and fiber mix, this gem amongst crossbody bags is one of those cheap designer handbags that can immediately give your outfit a more posh feel. Typically, when they first made this bag, it retailed for thousands at stores. But as the Chanel name has gained popularity, they've turned into investment bags. Any chanel bag for under 2K is a steal at the moment.

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Fendi Brown Leather Mia Hobo Large Shoulder Bag $550

This Fendi shoulder bag masterpiece goes for just about $550. The bag skin is made from supple, pebbled lambskin leather with a pleated front. The shoulder strap is a unique mix of chain link and leather braiding. It is a multipurpose designer bag which can be useful when you need to pack a lot of stuff for the road.

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Louis Vuitton Alma PM Monogram Vintage Handbag $550

This vintage handbag is a signature Lous Vuitton accessory. The outer fabric is made from painted fabric with the LV insignia all over it. On the inside, it contains high-quality fabric. What makes it most appealing is the gold hardware it comes with. The bag can retail for as low as $550 when in good condition.

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LouLou Toy Bag in Y-Quilted Leather $1250

A classic look from YSL. This soft-structured crossbody bag gives you an elegant, casual, and dependable style. Comes in different sizes and colors such as black, a tan, and a wine color.

Off-White Jitney 2.8 Suede Satchel $1,460

A sophisticated suede satchel with a knotted handle, extended ends, a structured silhouette, and tonal arrow hardware. Named after the Hampton Jitney bus line, this 10" W x 8" H x 3 1/2" D gem is priced at $1,460.00 and is great for everyday use. Includes a magnetic-snap flap closure, a top carry handle, a removable/adjustable crossbody strap, and an Italian leather lining.

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Prada Duet Re-Nylon Shoulder Bag $1290

An iconic nylon material made famous by Prada. This Re-edition nylon mini backpack gives you variety in both style and durability. It can be held as a handbag and a crossbody. The drawstring closure is different and yet incredibly useful when in a rush to get into your bag in the checkout line.

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Chloe Mini Marcie Leather Bag $990

A simple classic. A beautifully crafted grained leather crossbody with a saddle-shaped flap. This chic purse is made in Spain, has a front flap closure, an adjustable chain, an exterior slip pocket beneath the flap. The perfect color for any summer dress you throw on this season.

Where can I buy affordable luxury bags I love?

Most classic designer bags will cost a small fortune to purchase, especially if you are buying them brand new. This is why the best option for affordable designer bags is a resale website, where you can still search for incredibly trendy styles. Not all bags appreciate over time, so you should be able to find cheap authentic designer handbags that fall within your budget and fit your style.

Bagover.com is a retail e-marketplace dedicated to buying and selling used bags that are still in good condition. Their collection is quite curated, and you should be able to find something worth your investment.

Other resale platforms where you can find bags include Mercari, Craigslist, and Poshmark.

What brands sell the best deigner bags for less?

If you don’t want to buy pre-owned bags, another option is to go for cheap name-brand handbags in a shop you already know and love. (psst totes are making a huge comeback this season) Certain designer brands are known to offer “affordable luxury” products. Some popular names are:

Marc Jacobs designer bags: Marc Jacobs used to be considered a mainstream luxury designer among all other higher-priced designers until about 2015. Although the classic designer, his store, and his site has fallen from grace with many style shoppers, it hasn’t stopped him from making some wonderful bags you’ll love. The real silver lining is that due to a drop in reputation, the average price of Marc Jacobs items has dropped, and you can search for new Marc Jacobs bags and other fashion designers from the women’s sales on the Nordstrom site, TJ Maxx site, and more.

Rebecca Minkoff designer bags: Rebecca Minkoff brand has been one of the go-to sites for fashion handbags and other shopping for relatively low prices since the last decade. With offline stores in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Korea, Hong Kong, and is distributed in over 900 stores worldwide and many online stores. This brand is typically in the range of ‘affordable luxuries,’ and you should consider this if you want a handbag or luxury products at low prices.

Alexander Mcqueen: Alexander Mcqueen is one of the most famous names in the luxury fashion industry. Since the 1990s, the Mcqueen brand has wowed customers with the highest stylish materials, setting trends along the way. In 2006, however, Alexander Mcqueen launched the McQ brand – a lower-priced diffusion brand among like prices brands. McQ produces the whole range of clothing outfits and accessories, albeit at a more affordable price. You can typically search for McQ handbags for under $500, a steal among other like designers!

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What to consider when buying a pre-owned handbag 

When you finally get to the point of purchase, here are some of the things you need to know to confirm that you are getting an original piece:

·  Look out for high-quality imagery: Sellers of brands and goods typically go to great lengths to show off their items during a resale or in their online shop. Watch out for shoddy pictures; they are usually indicators that someone isn’t putting in enough work. The pictures should be clear enough to show you all the visual properties of the bag.

·  Ask for proof of purchase: Luxury items usually come with documents to show proof of purchase. Documents like the receipt of payment for the bag(s) can help you identify if they are authentic or not. Some vintage bags do not have this; if that’s the case, ask for the brand’s authentication certificate or money-back guarantee.

·  Check out the returns policy: Most genuine resale platforms offer a returns policy for buyers. If you purchase the bag and it doesn’t meet up with the information on the website, you can return it to the seller.

·  Look for serial codes or authentication cards: For many reasons, the seller might not have access to the proof of purchase. In that case, you should ask for the serial code or authentication card of the product. Most luxury bags come with these codes that can be used to authenticate the products. Once you look up the serial code in the appropriate quarters, you should gather information like the production date, where it was made, the company name, the type of materials used, and other relevant information.

If you decide to go with a pre-owned bag, you should keep in mind a couple of things you should keep in mind. Since designer handbags are often a sizeable investment, you should be sure of what you’re going for. The worst thing to deal with after purchasing a luxury handbag is buyers’ regret.

Take some time to research the bag(s) you are interested in, and see how they can fit into your own personal style. Find out what kind of shoes your favorite bags go with, the best season to wear them, the second-hand handbag value, etc.

Takeaway

These specific designer handbags for cheap can help you find your favorite and even newest season totes and accessories in the sales you come across! You may even run into categories and sites that give you the best options of accessories you need to save in your cart!

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