Fall Splurge: The ‘Anonymous Luxury’ Bag

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This post is part of our ongoing series on the must-have fashion splurges for Fall 2016.

After the logo handbag mania of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, there was bound to be a backlash.

From Gucci’s embroidered-G mini bags, to Dior’s ubiquitous saddle bags, to Fendi’s baguettes, we subjected ourselves to a lot of really obvious branding back in the day. I’m a little embarrassed remembering my own transgressions. I think the labels are a little embarrassed too. How else can you explain the rise of the virtually logo-free anonymous luxury handbag?

The sleek lines of an adornment-free black leather handbag are the ideal accompaniment to fall’s cozy sweaters and rich jewel tones. These are the best anonymous luxury handbag splurges for fall…

The Row’s Top Handle bag has all of the refinement of Céline’s Belt Bag, but in a slightly less often copied silhouette.

The Row Top Handle 14 Satchel

→ Buy The Row Top Handle 14 Satchel, $2,950.00, at saks.com; shipping is free.

Mansur Gavriel’s bags have always struck me as a more affordable take on the Céline look. Their bucket bag is everywhere, but this Lady Bag is actually the better looking handbag, in my opinion.

Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag

→ Buy the Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag, $945.00, at barneys.com; shipping is free.

This very affordable take on the logo-free bag is available in four colors: black, brick red, mink grey, and sand.

ALLSAINTS Paradise North/South Leather Tote

→ Buy the ALLSAINTS Paradise North/South Leather Tote, $348.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.

No one does minimalist quite as well as Jil Sander.

Jil Sander Medium Hill Bag

→ Buy the Jil Sander Medium Hill Bag, $1,270.00, at ssense.com; shipping and returns are free.

New-ish label KARA, launched in 2012, is already making a name for itself by crafting sleek urban accessories. I’m head over heels for this cross-body, which is available in both black and nude.

KARA The Cross Body Bag

→ Buy the KARA The Cross Body Bag, $475.00, at shopbop.com; 3-day shipping and returns are free.