We've long been fans of Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs bags for obvious reasons: They're good-looking and fairly easy on the wallet when you compare them to the likes of Chanel and Gucci and Marni, and so on. But recently, our bag crush has grown immensely as we've noticed a major kick in style via chic belt details, sparkly sequins, faux ostrich leather, cool chain handles, and adorable twist locks. Any of these 10 beauties would be perfect holiday companions, or gifts for yourself or your loved one! Click through to pick one for you.
Jeremy Scott is quickly becoming the king of collaborations –– we're still talking about those teddy bear sneakers he did for Adidas. His latest offering for Longchamp is a lot less fuzzy but very cool nonetheless. The sophisticated canvas and leather tote bag ($211) is emblazoned with the logo for Love magazine and combines fashion and function flawlessly. It's perfect for the gym or grocery store and is available now at Colette.
The only thing better than buying a new bag is buying a new bag on sale. Lucky for you, the BCBGMAXAZRIA Tejus Leather Satchel ($99, originally $198) is unbelievably stylish, totally easy to wear, and – best of all – 50 percent off. The cross-body design is perfect for both work and weekend, and the python paneling adds that extra bit of luxury. Get it while it's hot!
Much like our wardrobes, which have gone from Summer-ready to Fall-perfect, it's time to shed those lightweight totes and take on more sturdy, more prominent bags. Fall is the ideal time to dabble with moodier hues, rugged details, texture, plaid, and suede. We've narrowed it down to the final 15; all you have to do is fall in love with one that will go perfectly with your fabulous Fall coats and chic trousers. Speaking of bags, don't forget, we're giving away a brand new Balenciaga!
Roberto Cavalli's Diva bag just walked the runway, then it caught our attention on the arms of styled celebs like Natalia Vodianova and Rachel Bilson, who has it in black. Now it's making its world debut, first of its kind — a Cavalli accessory with a higher-end tilt that defines a new "haut de gamme" range of accessories. In rich colors and supple leather, python, and calfskin, it's luxurious, timeless, and available from $1,205 to $3,060 starting in November. We're adding the leopard print to our wish list, but really, it would suit in any color.
All throughout New York Fashion Week, and even in London, Olivia Palermo hit us with back-to-back killer outfits. They're all so glam, we can't choose a favorite! But clothing aside, her accessories have been amazing, too. Take for example the main bag she carried around in New York: this CC Skye Onie Messenger ($595), which also comes in gray. Stunning, right? Everything from the size to the shape to the snake-embossed detail is pure perfection. The price isn't flawless, but for a statement bag that hot, it works. Love it? Preorder one for yourself now!
Mulberry is one busy house. It has a chic collection for Apple, a line called Hayden, another one named Neely, and now it has released a new bevy of Alexas for Winter 2010. As you may recall, the Alexa is named after none other than Alexa Chung. The latest styles are sparkling, literally — they're made of sparkle tweed! Get this powder beige one for $1,250 for a look that's sophisticated-slash-fun.
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Sofia Coppola and Louis Vuitton are at it again. After a very successful first guest designer run, the director has released yet another modern-cum-classic handbag line for the French house. Here she is carrying the black style at the Venice Film Festival. You won't be able to get your hands on them until they hit LV boutiques in October, but here is a sneak peek to get you excited.
The easiest and chicest way to wear the season's leopard trend might just be toting it at your side — the range of ways to rock a feline-print bag are endless. Whether you're craving a ladylike handbag, like this Banana Republic Haircalf Mini Chain Bag ($70), or a city cool messenger style, like this Deena & Ozzy Pony Purse ($48) for your everyday street wear, we've handpicked the best styles on the market, all under $200! Click any of the picks above to shop.