Affordable designer handbags are a rare breed, with big name labels often commanding huge sums for their leather accessories. Enter kate spade new york, the US export whose stylish cross bodies, totes and bowling designs come in under the illusive £500 mark. A favourite amongst fashion girls across the pond (Hollywood types like Camilla Belle and Leighton Meester are fans), it’s the well-priced label to have on your radar.
This season, smart monochrome offerings appeal to corporates – invest in structured boxy shapes and top handle pieces for a practical contemporary look. Pinks and aubergines put a girly spin on long strap pouches, plus oversize bow designs add a pretty twist to classic structures. The Cameron Street Lucie is a team SL favourite – its large size and smart gold hardware make it a work-to-play must-have. After all the luxe tropes of a designer bag for a little bit less? You can’t go wrong.