Buying your very first designer bag is a huge milestone and even a rite of passage, if you will. But with the plethora of bags out there, picking the right one isn’t exactly an easy process. So, before you click add to cart or come rushing to the mall to swipe your card, check out these eight designer bags that are perfect for your first big purchase.
1. APC Half Moon Bag
Half Moon Bag, €375 (approximately P21,193.63), APC, apc.fr
You might recognize this cool girl staple from scrolling through Instagram for its classic yet contemporary design. Chalk it up to its reasonable price tag and quality craftsmanship, the Half Moon is perhaps the most iconic piece that the French label is known for. APC also offers this crossbody in different colors and leather finishes. This designer bag adds just the right amount of understated elegance to any outfit, so you definitely can’t go wrong with this one!
2. Mansur Gavriel Protea Bag
Protea Bag, P42,200, MANSUR GAVRIEL, mansurgavriel.com
Mansur Gavriel’s debut last 2012 has given them a strong following ever since, all thanks to the breakout of their infamous bucket bag. With its luxurious Italian leather and streamlined design, why not consider their new release, the Protea, as your first investment piece? It’s the perfect mix of casual and dressy, plus you can carry it over your shoulder in the daytime or wear it as a clutch at night. With a versatile piece like this, justifying its cost per wear is a no-brainer.
3. Prada Nylon Tote Bag
Nylon Tote Bag, $990 (approximately P50,050.94), PRADA, prada.com
Sturdy, reliable, practical—but make it fashion. That’s basically what every working girl wants in an everyday bag. In this Prada tote, you can chuck in a 13-inch laptop along with all your other essentials without having to choose between style and practicality. And the best part? You can carry it every day to give your office look that extra oomph. After all, it’s not just a bag—it’s Prada!
4. Off-White Binder Clip Flap Bag
Binder Clip Flap Bag, price unavailable, OFF-WHITE, 8 Rockwell, Makati
If your style leans more towards luxe streetwear, definitely check out the Off-White Binder Clip Flap. Off-White’s interesting take on classic pieces definitely makes this designer bag a show-stopper. Cop this to elevate your streetwear looks or make your travel OOTDs even more swoon-worthy. Plus points for its eye-catching design since it doubles as a great conversation starter, too!
5. Celine Belt Bag
Belt Bag, $1850 (approximately P93,529.52), CELINE, celine.com
The Celine Belt Bag made its debut in Spring 2015 and we haven’t forgotten it ever since. Despite its simplistic design, the belt that strategically secures its flap makes it iconic—Celine style. It’s sturdy, lightweight, and roomy, making it the perfect day companion. This Celine purse also comes with an optional long-shoulder strap for easier use, so go ahead and take this with you to Sunday brunch!
6. YSL Kate Bag
Kate Bag, $1250 (approximately P63,195.62), YSL, ysl.com
If you’re lusting over a designer bag that you can use for special occasions, opt for the YSL Kate. This mini bag is one of the most distinct designs from the Saint Laurent lineup and it can take you through weddings, events, parties, and date nights in style. The Kate comes in smooth, pebbled, and croc-embossed leather and in monochromatic or metallic colors that’ll surely make any outfit extra classy.
7. Dior Saddle Bag
Saddle Bag, $3350 (approximately P169,364), DIOR, dior.com
Looking to get your hands on a classic handbag with a modern twist? The Dior Saddle Bag might just be your perfect match! The '90s hit is making a major comeback thanks to Dior Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri. Today, the designer bag has been resurrected in different colors, patterns, and designs. It might be an early call but this iconic piece is surely here to stay.
8. Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Classic Flap Bag, $5800 (approximately P293,227.70), CHANEL, chanel.com
If there’s one fashion item that’s being passed on from generation to generation, it has to be the Chanel Classic Flap bag. Coco Chanel revolutionized the definition of the handbag in 1955 through the Classic Flap with its quilted leather and iconic chain straps. Today, the designer bag is produced in different colors and materials, and remains one of the most coveted purses that has proven to stand the test of time. So for your first big-ticket purchase, why not get the ultimate fashion investment?