A handbag is always an essential accessory with any outfit. Whether you’re dressing up for a night out, or simply heading off to do a spot of shopping – a handbag is the stylish yet practical item you’ll likely never leave behind.
While our luxury handbags, from our favourite handbag brands, are usually a handy place for us to store everything we need for an ordinary day – phone, keys, purse – they’re also a way to make a bit of a style statement. Often, a smart, quality bag will complete an outfit, adding an accessorised edge.
And if there’s one time where it’s worth splashing the cash, it would have to be on handbags – right ladies? We’ve all been there – you’ve bought a cheaper version of a more expensive bag, only for it to fray and snap a few weeks down the line.
Which is why we’re often dedicated to investing in quality when it comes to what we hold on our arms. In fact, the average insurance on a designer bag – such as a Mulberry – is a whopping £1,418 – proving how precious our handy, popular handbags can be.
And it helps that luxury handbags also make for brilliant gifts – particularly for Christmas. Giving the gift of a womens designer handbag in the festive season is a luxurious but reliable purchase – because even though they’re practical, they’re also gorgeous!
So if you’re looking for gorgeous luxury handbags from the best handbag brands to treat yourself to for the festive period, or need a gift for a loved one, just take a look at our list of the best to help you out…
Best luxury handbags from your favourite handbag brands…
Longchamp Le Pliage Bag
While the brand have not confirmed, Le Pliage is likely to one of Longchamp’s most popular bestsellers. The ever-stylish tote bag has become somewhat of a cult product over the years, and for good reason. It is also a bag loved by the Duchess of Cambridge, and several other celebrities including Mary Berry and Katie Holmes.
In fact, Catherine loves the brand and design so much, that it’s rumoured that she has numerous iterations of the bag in different colours and sizes. She’s said to be such a fan that she often takes them travelling with her. And she even took one to Prince William’s graduation in 2005!
But the Le Pliage is as convenient as it is stylish. Longchamp’s popular bag can fold away when you need it to, and even wipe clean – meaning care for the bag is easier than ever.
It’s estimated that 31 million of the bag have been sold globally since it came out. Prices for the exquisite luxury handbag start from £50 for a small – so how can you really say no? The iconic design also comes in 12 colours, meaning you can find one for every member of the family.
Mulberry Lightweight Bayswater
An utterly timeless design and a handbag classic, Mulberry’s ‘Bayswater’ has consistently been a best-seller since it launched. It’s been seen on the arm of everyone from Andy Murray’s wife Kim Sears, to Prince Harry’s new fiancée, Meghan Markle.
But it was the updated, lightweight version of its classic Bayswater designer than became an instant bestseller when it launched in 2003. In fact, it boosted sales by 8 per cent to £168.1 million.
The Bayswater Tote starts at £725, and comes in 8 different colours. One for every day of the week! (plus a spare…)
Louis Vuitton Neverfull Handbag
Louis Vuitton’s Neverfull handbag has been a smash-hit since it launched in 2007. Featuring the instantly recognisable Vuitton pattern, the bag is slouchy but stylish, meaning it’s the perfect transitional bag to take you from city smart to casual country.
You can also change the shape of this bag yourself, by pulling in the tassels on the side to give it more structure, or loosening them to create a slouchier tote bag.
This design won over shoppers across the globe for it’s roomy design, and we can certainly see why! With plenty of inside pockets, there’s also lots of space to hide your valuables. Prices for the Neverfull handbag start at £880, and the bag comes in four different materials, each with their own colour.
Tod’s Sella handbag
Italian brand Tod’s produce some of the most luxe handbags around, but one of their most popular designs is the gorgeous Sella bag. The smooth leather bag is as functional as it is luxurious, with a handle that makes it easy to carry on your arm or your shoulder.
The handbag was first released for the SS17 Collections in tan and white only, but is now available in a range of colours, and a range of sizes, from mini to medium, with a small version too.
Prices for the coveted item start from £1,270 and go all the way to £1370. But they are a regular sell-out, so if you want one for yourself or a loved one, you’ll have to be quick.
For the brand’s SS18 Collection, they’ve just released the Sella bag in a studded version and canvas/leather mix version – perfect for those last minute presents!
Michael Kors Mercer tote
The Mercer Tote, the streamline leather item from one of the biggest handbag brands in the world, is one of the most popular bags from Michael Kors.
A sophisticated new take on the tote, the Mercer is punctuated by a lock charm – which is a key, iconic feature of many of the brand’s designs.
According to spokesperson for the brand, “Michael designed the lock with a custom ridged texture, drawing inspiration from a piece of vintage 1930s jewelry. The clean, architectural lines are crafted from pebbled leather bonded to our signature Saffiano.”
The easy shape of this luxury bag, which comes in a whopping 12 colours, means it can easily be your new go-to – and for £220-£315, why not?
Lulu Guinness Red Perspex Lips Clutch
This iconic clutch from Lulu hit the shops all the way back in 2004. It was firstly a snakeskin clutch, taking its inspiration from the surrealist arts movement. But in 2008, the stand-out, deep red bag was re-imagined and re-launched in perspex, to become the iconic brand symbol that it is now.
The popular handbag will see you through any and all nights out, and will certainly make a statement whenever you wear it out. It’s available for just £260, so is one of the more affordable luxury handbags on offer – meaning you can still fit in all your essentials for a steal! The bag is also sold in dusty pink, shocking pink and silver.
Amanda Wakeley Costello bag
The Costello bag from gorgeous luxury brand Amanda Wakeley is consistently their best-seller, with the style carrying over throughout the seasons.
The timeless colours of the bag are likely it’s biggest selling point, as is the handy, over the shoulder shape, perfect for when you’re busy running around town.
Stripes of suede and embossed leather also add layers of luxury and detail to the popular handbag, while two inside compartments make it a brilliantly practical choice too.
The brand says of the bag, “Attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship are core to Amanda’s handbag collection, and The Costello encapsulates this ethos perfectly.” We couldn’t agree more!
Knomo Audley Women’s Slim Leather laptop bag
Knomo’s classic handbag is the perfect mixture of stylish elegance and functionality. This gorgeous luxury handbag is one of their bestsellers. With outside zip, the bag is compact and practical, but will also ensure you look the height of sophistication.
And for the modern working woman, this Knomo Audley bag also has a handy laptop compartment, so you can carry around everything you need for work and for play. With a detachable strap, you can also transform your look from practical with a cross-body option, to chic and fun with a handheld option.
The bag also has RFID blocking, which can block your cards, phone and passport from identity fraud. Need we say more?
So, which will you be treating your loved ones to? Or yourself?