One of my many duties as the resident fashion girl in the life of my friends is to advise my guy friends on gifts for their boo’s. This past Christmas my dear friend picked out an amazing pair of booties for his girlfriend that were pre-season (AKA hella expensive). He wanted to get her a bag as well, but since he spent so much on the shoes, he didn’t think he could find one worth having for under a stack (that’s $1,000 for the aunties out there). That’s where I come in. When you think of good handbags your mind automatically goes to the designers whose brands are synonymous with leather goods (or the ones you’ve heard a hundred times in various rap songs): Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Céline, Prada, Fendi etc. God knows you girls love your Neverfull’s but there’s so much more to handbags than the names you hear most often.
Don’t get me wrong, I think some of those bags are great aspirational pieces, but you don’t have to go out and spend your whole tax refund check to have a nice handbag. Let’s be real. My most sincere hope is that you guys will use those refunds wisely, but also treat yourself to a little something. Let’s review a few designers that have great options for under $1,000.