The brands that make the best, luxury handbags for women

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…

DeMellier Mini Venice Bag

This gorgeous mini tote bag first came to our attention back in January, when a newly-engaged Meghan Markle carried it for an engagement in Cardiff alongside her fiance, Prince Harry.

And of course, just like any began the newly minted Duchess of Sussex carries, the stunning but practical ‘Mini Venice’ almost immediately sold out in the forest green colour loved by Meghan.

But luckily, it’s now finally back in stock – and it’s one of the first to make it onto our best luxury handbags list. Not only is Meghan’s favourite bag super chic and sophisticated, it’s also practical too. Customers can choose to carry it, as Meghan did, or go-hands free, with the strap that allows you to wear the bag across your body.

You can also opt for the bag in a multitude of colours, if the green don’t take your fancy. Whether you prefer a bold, vibrant ‘berry grain’ or a more understated navy, there are 17 colours to choose from, so you’re pretty spoilt for choice!

The DeMellier Mini Venice is on sale for £295, and complimentary monogramming is even an option too, if you really want to personalise it as a gift for Christmas.

And you can finally great about your purchase if you choose to buy a DeMellier classic, as for every bag purchased, the luxury handbag brand fund a set of vaccines for a child in need.

Buy DeMellier Mini Venice handbag here, £295

Aspinal of London’s The Small ‘A’ Hobo bag

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 Christmas present. Will you  be buying one?

Buy Aspinal of London Small ‘A’ Hobo bag here, £295

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.

Buy Longchamp Le Pliage handbag here, prices from £80

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 £895, and comes in 8 different colours. One for every day of the week! (plus a spare…)

Buy Mulberry Bayswater here from £895

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 from £1,420, and the bag comes in four different materials, each with their own colour.

Buy Louis Vuitton Neverfull handbag here, prices from £1,420

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 £1,350. But they are a regular sell-out, so if you want one for yourself or a loved one, you’ll have to be quick.

Buy Tods Sella handbag here, prices from £1,350

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?

Buy Michael Kors Mercer Tote here, £315

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.

Buy Lulu Guiness Perspex Lips Clutch here, £260

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!

Buy Amanda Wakeley Costella bag here, £179.98

Hermes Garden Party 36 bag

This sleek and sophisticated handbag in trench/noir will go with any outfit combination and has a handy interior pocket for all those day-to-day essentials. The bag also comes in seven other colourways ranging from rouse pourpre (hot pink) to bleu saphir (a lighter navy blue).

Celebrity fans of Hermès handbags include Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Buy Hermes Garden Party 36 bag here, £2940

Donna Karan New York (DKNY) Bryant Cross Body bag

This small but perfectly formed cross body bag – which is also available in black – features a chain and leather strap, a gold-tone logo plaque, a top zip closure and an internal slip pocket. Coming in at under £200 this will suit a range of budgets and its sleek finishes will see you seamlessly through from day until night.

So whether you’re hitting the high street for a spot of shopping or meeting the girls for after work drinks this will fast become your go-to handbag.

Buy Donna Karan New York DKNY Bryant Cross Body bag here, £165

Ted Baker Helena Cross Body 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.

Buy Ted Baker Helena Cross Body Bag here, £159

Pop and Suki box bag with luggage tag

Up and coming accessories house Pop and Suki are famous for their customisable designs, and were thrust into the limelight when Princess Beatrice wore one of their designs at a charity event.

The box bag with luggage tag is available in mauve croc (pictured), pebbled cotton candy (light pink), pebbled lily (cream), emerald croc and noir.

Inspired by vintage travel trunks this pretty handbag combines both style and substance and can fit an iPhone / iPhone Plus while leaving room for other items.

Pop and Suki box bag with luggage tag, £284.19

So, which will you be treating your loved ones to? Or yourself?