I have always been more of a handbag girl than anything else. I don’t get dressed up a ton as I work from home and pretty much live in athleisure and pajamas. But I LOVE a good handbag. I have quite the collection but so many of my bags are not designer labels you may be thinking of. I tend to prefer affordable leather handbag brands. I love a good everyday tote or crossbody and I want to share some of my favorites with you all!
Best Affordable Leather Handbag Brands
Cuyana is one of my favorite brands. I got my first bag about 3 years ago and quickly got another. They have a ton of great items (not just bags) but I am drawn to their sophisticated simple leather bags. I got the Classic Leather Tote in camel and the Medium Carryall Tote in black. The Classic Tote is great for an everyday bag or work bag. The Medium Carryall is actually the one I prefer for travel since it zips and has a crossbody option. They do have a Classic Leather tote with a zipper and I wish I had gotten that one instead just because I love the zipper feature. You can also have the Cuyana bags monogrammed.
Madewell handbags are some of the best quality handbags out there. I have had my Madewell Transport Tote for 6 years and it’s in perfect condition. I have used this bag for work, travel, out and about errands, etc. I have also thrown a bag in there with diapers and wipes when on the go with the kids. It’s truly one of the most versatile bags I own. I also recently got the Madewell Sydney bag. It is SO GOOD! I love that it’s a crossbody and the size is perfect for everyday items. I have this one in burnished caramel. I ended up having both bags monogrammed which you can do on their website (not in stores). I love the way they look with the simple monogram.
I am such a huge fan of Leatherology. I have two of their bags. This smaller crossbody and this tote. The tote is GREAT for every day but especially great for travel. It can hold a laptop, all the essentials, and more and it has a zip closure. The customer service of this company is also phenomenal!
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One of my favorite places to buy leather goods! I have a few of their small pouches which I use every day in my bag. But when it comes to handbags I have one. I have the Brooklyn Carryall which I have had for years and is a great bag if you are carrying your laptop and other items with it. I really LOVE the Elisabetta Slouch bag and if I had a reason to buy it I would!
The bottom line
I love that with these affordable leather handbag brands you know the quality is not something you are sacrificing. Their reputations speak for themselves. You can find beautifully made, great handbags for a fraction of the price of “designer” bags but still amazing quality.
Do you have any of these handbags?
Do you have any other affordable leather handbag brands you love?
This post was written in 2021 and has been updated for 2023.
These are cute! I love the minimalist look of them! ❤️✨
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All of those bags are so pretty. I love the simple styling. They go with everytyhing.
The sad fact is, I have only heard of one of these brands! I bet they all have great things to offer, all for an affordable price
These bags are fantastic! I love how stylish they are without being too fancy to make them unsuitable for most occasions. Fantastic.
I don’t own any handbags from these brands, but they look great. I do have a vegan handbag from Matt & Nat that I like!
I have been looking for a beg bag, especially one that’sbig enough to fit my camera… do you think a camera of a bigger size would fit in the brown bag (nr3)?
You had me at beautiful but fraction of the price. A good handbag that is affordable is not easy to find.
I’ve considered getting one from Madewell because I really like their classic totes. However, I just can’t justify spending this amount on really any handbag because I’m not very gentle with them haha!
thanks so much for this list , i am a firm believer that a good leather bag if properly cared for will last a lifetime
They’re all so pretty!
what perfect timing! I was complaining to my daughter yesterday when we went to an appointment that I need a bigger purse. I have this little thing my husband bought me, and it is simply too small. I do not have a favorite brand, just something that works well, looks nice, and is affordable. I am going shopping today, lol – blessings!
I’m a huge bag collector. I have hundreds of bags. Now you really tempting me to get another one. This is a really great selection.
I love Madewell bags! They’re affordable but good quality. I like the bottom two bags the most!
wow thanks for the recommendation .I love leather bag but so expensive. Thanks for sharing more options.
Love your blog about affordable handbags. I like all of your handbags and really like the prices. It is irritating when you find a handbag you like and you can’t afford it. Thank you for your blog.
Perhaps I missed something. None of these are “affordable.”
Great post – I love a good handbag and consider them an investment piece but try not to break the bank. These are some great options – definitely looking into these pieces to add to my collection! Thanks!
LOVE this girl! Thank you for sharing!!
LOVE the Madewell Transport Tote! Such a classic bag.
Thanks so much for providing these affordable leather handbag options. That Brooklyn Carryall is so cute! So spacious too. Love them all!