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Designer Handbags - Styles and Prices for summer 2011

Updated on April 6, 2011
Quilting Metallic Stam Bag by Marc Jacobs- $1,395 at
Quilting Metallic Stam Bag by Marc Jacobs- $1,395 at

Women generally like to look chic and stylish for the summer. Some of us try to keep up with the Jones’s, some of us have more than enough to splurge on expensive luxuries, and many of us accept that we do not have the money to afford the most exquisite brands, but enjoy the styles offered by the reasonably priced brands.There are so many styles, colors,sizes and prices of designer handbags today- if you are into designer handbags, there is definitely one out there for you!

This article will achieve two purposes:

  1. It will identify and define the different styles of handbags that exist today
  2. List most trendy brands of designer handbags according to price and where they can be purchased.

Cervo Hobo by Prada- $2,050 at
Cervo Hobo by Prada- $2,050 at

Part 1- styles of handbags

The Hobo

The hobo handbag got its name because it resembles the shape of the bindle on the stick that hobos were known to carry over their shoulders in drawings and cartoons.

The hobo handbag is usually large and slouchy with a crescent shape. The materials used to make the hobo bag are usually soft flexible materials that cater to the general slumping effect of the bag. There is usually a fairly short non- adjustable strap on the hobo handbag. It is made to wear over the shoulder and usually rests on the body, just below elbow- length.


Bamboo Shoulder Bag by Gucci- $1830 at
Bamboo Shoulder Bag by Gucci- $1830 at

The Shoulder Bag

The Shoulder Bag is exactly as the name says- a bag that was meant to be worn over the shoulder. The main difference between the shoulder bag and the hobo is the shape of the bag. The crescent shape is reserved for the hobo handbags.

Some shoulder bags also have two straps- one that allows the bag to fit under the arm, and another that allows the bag to hang close to the hip region.

Sneaky Snake Franny Tote by Marc Jacobs-$358 at
Sneaky Snake Franny Tote by Marc Jacobs-$358 at

Tote Handbags

The word tote, means "to carry”. Hence, the Tote Handbag is made with the notion of producing a bag that is able to carry diverse objects like umbrellas, books, spare clothes, finger foods etc.

The tote handbag is usually large in size and opens with two handles centered atop each side.

Brentwood Santa Monica Satchel by Juicy Couture-$348 at
Brentwood Santa Monica Satchel by Juicy Couture-$348 at

Satchel Handbags

Satchel handbags are the perfect combination of all handbag styles. They are stylishly functional, with top closure and double handles. Some Satchels also have long adjustable straps, which give women a choice of how they wish the carry their handbag.They are the perfect bags to take a woman from day directly into evening.


 Sutton Signature Cross- body bag by Coach-$128 at
Sutton Signature Cross- body bag by Coach-$128 at

Cross- body bags

The very name of the Cross- body bag speaks for itself- it is a bag designed to be worn across the body.  Cross body bags are convenient and stylish. They are often worn by juniors and may vary in size according to the needs of the customer. Many brands carry mini, medium and large cross body bags.

 Marrakech medium messenger bag by Gucci-$1990 at
Marrakech medium messenger bag by Gucci-$1990 at

Messenger Bags

Messenger bags have recently become fashionable. The actual design of the bag was used in the transportation of mail and goods by different types of messengers such as postal workers and bicycle couriers.

Although usually made of some type of cloth, genuine leather messenger bags are becoming a trend.


Part 2- Brands of Designer Handbags according to price

$600- $7000

These designer bags can be purchased at the actual brand-name stores, or at stores like Neiman Marcus, Bluefly and Saks Fifth Avenue.

  • Alexander McQueen
  • Dolce&Gabbana
  • Allegra
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Versace
  • Prada
  • Gucci
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Prada Fendi
  • Mia mia
  • Fendi
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Valentino
  • Christian Dior
  • Bottega Veneta

$200- $1500

These designer brands can be purchased at the actual brand name stores, or in stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue.

  • Michael by Michael Kors
  • Tory Burch
  • L.A.M.B.
  • Nanette Lepore
  • Rebecca Minkoff
  • Lauren by Ralph Lauren
  • Badgley Mischka
  • Longchamp
  • Isabella Fiore
  • Coach
  • Cole Haan
  • Oryany
  • Elle Tahari
  • DNKY
  • Betsey Johnson
  • Be&D Rowan
  • MCM
  • Olivia Harris
  • See by Chloe
  • Burberry
  • Salvatore Ferragamo

$80- $300

These designer brands can be purchased at the actual brand name stores, in stores like Macy’s, Dillards and Nordstrom; and many online stores like Ebags, Zappos and 6pm.

  • Kenneth Cole Reaction
  • Fossil
  • Lucky Brand
  • BCB Generation
  • Guess
  • Ed Hardy
  • The Sak
  • Nine West
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Red by Marc Ecko
  • Hype
  • Big Buddha
  • Marc Fisher
  • Ivanka Trump

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    • gis_r07 profile image

      gis_r07 6 years ago from Boston, MA

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment mysisters. I think many people hear about handbag brands, but are not aware of the price ranges. I thought I would shed some light on that.

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      mysisters 6 years ago

      Great Hub. All of these purses are very beautiful. I really like how you broke the brand names down into price ranges.