A handbag is always an essential accessory with any outfit.
Whether you’re dressing up for a night out, getting ready for a day at work, or simply heading off to do a spot of shopping – a handbag is the stylish, yet practical, item you’ll rarely leave behind.
While our luxury designer handbags 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.
And if there’s one time where it’s worth splashing the cash, it would have to be on handbags. We’ve all been there – you’ve bought a cheaper bag, only for it to fray and snap just a few months 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 handbags can be. Sometimes, a designer handbag can last us for years to come, meaning it can be worth every penny you spend purchasing it. Plus, it feels like such a treat…
And it helps that luxury handbags also make for brilliant gifts. Giving the gift of a designer handbag for a birthday, Christmas, or any other celebratory occasion, to your mum, friend, or a girlfriend, is a luxurious but reliable purchase – because even though they’re practical, they’re also lovely to look at.
So if you’re looking for gorgeous luxury handbags to treat yourself to, or need a gift for a loved one, just take a look at our list of the best, from the more affordable to the super high-end.
The best designer handbags for every budget:
An updated version of their hugely popular best-seller, the relaxed, slouchy design of the Small 'A' Hobo bag is perfect for your every day needs. But style isn't sacrificed for practicality, as the hand-crafted bag is equally as luxe as any other designer bag, with a sleek outside complete with their signature logo.
The bag is available in four gorgeous different colours, including soft taupe, a purple bordeaux, a navy, and a startling topaz (above).
Embossing is also available on the bag for a very affordable £15, meaning you can really make this bag unique if you're picking one up for a present. Will you be buying one?
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 Meghan Markle.
But it's the updated, smaller version of its classic Bayswater designer that we love! It's a more affordable version of the bigger bag, but equally as chic
The smaller Bayswater Tote starts at £695, and at John Lewis, comes in five different colours. One for every day of the working week!
For a more affordable option, this classic Radley bag is a brilliant everyday option.
The bag offers multiple compartments for all your daily essentials, meaning it's helpful for both work life and personal life.
It comes in either red or black - both lovely signature colours.
If you're looking for something a bit different, look no further than this gorgeous Lulu Guinness bucket bag.
It's got a signature quirky Lulu Guinness addition in the form of the bagstraps, decorated with a wraparound silk scarf, as well as a chic neutral design on the actual bag.
Pictured above in dark green, but also available in grey, tan and black the Helena suede padlock cross body bag will be a luxurious addition to any outfit.
The chain shoulder strap adds texture and contrast, while the magnetic closure feature means you'll be able to get to your items with the minimum of fuss.
One of the Cambridge Satchel Company's newest bags, this deep red crocodile pattern design is our new must-have.
Utterly chic and sophisticated, it'll go with almost any outfit, and works perfectly for either a night out or a day spent in the office.
Embossed with the signature Kate Spade logo, this satchel bag is bang on trend, and utterly chic. It has a spacious interior (with handy, smaller pockets), and is made with smooth Italian leather, meaning you can feel the quality. It's also got a long strap, so you can wear it hands free as well.
We love a slouchy shoulder bag here at w&h, and this tan Michael Kors option is lovely. In a simple, chic camel colour, it'll go with every item in your wardrobe.
This elegant clutch bag is ideal for weddings, christenings, or any other formal occasion you might be headed to. The pretty, woodland pattern, in neutral tones, will go with any outfit, but would particularly flatter dusky pinks or whites. At only £129, it's a great way to treat yourself to a designer bag without spending a fortune, too.
If you're after a more affordable designer bag, this Fiorelli tote is for you. At just over £40 you won't be breaking the bank, but in return you'll get a beautifully classic handbag that's big enough for all your daily essentials. Slide your laptop, keys, phone, or water bottle in there - it's surprisingly spacious.