Buying a designer bag is both exciting and stressful. It’s an accessory that can be worn over and over again (hello, cost per wear!), But there’s no denying that it can be a punch in the stomach when credit card debit hits your account. If you would like to have a handbag fairy godmother to help you decide which styles are worth your time, you’re in luck. We brought in Victoria Slane, designer and luxury handbag buyer at Nordstrom to share a sneak peek. Who better to guide you than someone who literally buys bags for a living?
âWhen I pick an assortment, I like to ask myself: Who is the customer for that? Where do they wear it? Will they want to take it out every day or season after season?â Slane tells who’s wearing what. (Yes, a parcel decisions go into the merchandising of this wonderful handbag section.) But she says one thing is non-negotiable: “Spending money on any item should be what it means to you, âsays Slane. “Whether it’s a proven bag that’s been around for years or a brand new designer bag on the arm of every influencer, if that you’re happy and you’ll wear and enjoy it, it’s a good investment.”
If you still don’t know where to start, Slane shares 20 styles that hold a special place in his heart, from current it bags to all-time classics. âBags that balance iconic elements like silhouette, hardware or brand details with emotional elements like bold color or interesting craftsmanship are the perfect balance for me,â she says. Keep scrolling for some of his choices under $ 300. âAs what constitutes ‘the investment’ varies from person to person, the most important factors are that the bag works for your life and makes you happy when you wear it,â he explains. she. “It’s more important than whether a bag is popular or not.”