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I’m a fashion editor and my handbag collection is huge – these are the 10 best bag brands you need to know now

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There are so many beautiful bags out there, that narrowing it down is a tricky task. Do you opt for a roomy tote, a handy crossbody style or a practical backpack?  

You’ll be happy to hear that we’ve done the hard work for you and put together the ultimate list of hero handbags. You’re welcome! 

We’ve turned to celebrities and royalty such as Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Holly Willoughby for inspiration, so don’t just take our word for it. 

From names that might not be on your radar, such as Popski London and Tusting, to British brands you already know and love like Aspinal of London and ME+EM, you’re sure to find something that suits… 

Any bag that’s a go-to for the Princess of Wales is ok with us. 

This chic shiny black top handle design will go with anything and everything, plus we love the signature metal shield-shaped fastening. 

It’s the perfect size for all your essentials, and it’s now reduced. The Christmas shopping can wait… go on, treat yourself! 


Saint Laurent, Loewe and Stella McCartney have all got fuzzy teddy tote bags this season, but this Popski London bag will make you feel a million dollars for just £79. 

It will fit pretty much everything but the kitchen sink, and there are even matching mittens and bucket hats available. Christmas present alert! 

You’re no doubt familiar with Popski London’s toasty pom pom beanies and coats, but if you’re not familiar with the brand’s bags yet then click through to find out more…  


ME+EM just seems to go from strength to strength at the moment. 

No doubt you’ll have found yourself coveting the label’s side stripe trousers and printed midi dresses, but how beautiful is this suede crossbody bag? 

Olive green is a great alternative to black, plus it’s got plenty of pockets inside to keep all your precious cargo. 


We’ve been lusting after this classic black leather bag for a long time now. 

DeMellier has been popular with everyone from Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle to Irina Shayk and Emily Blunt. 

It’s super roomy (plenty big enough for a laptop!), plus we love the gold leather belt detail. 

The other colours are sold out so snap it up while you still can! 

Did we mention DeMellier offers free monogramming on all orders?  



Strathberry is a heavyweight in the world of handbags. 

Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Sarah Jessica Parker and Holly Willoughby is a seriously impressive fan club for the Edinburgh-based brand. 

Our personal favourite? The ‘Mosaic Nano’ bag is the ideal size for us, and this style showcases the sleek metal bar that the brand is known for. 

Red is one of the biggest trends around right now, and a bag is a great way to embrace a pop of colour if you’re normally a bit shy with bold shades. 


Amazon might be your go-to for everyday essentials but did you know it’s amazing for fashion too? 

The Drop is their line of limited edition influencer-designed collections, and we’re seriously swooning over this faux leather bargain. 

We love the ruched handle, plus it perfectly fits into the latte dressing trend we’re starting to see everywhere!  


Hermes who? 

Ted Baker’s padlock bag looks much more expensive than £200, and is 100% leather. 

The taupe hue is top of our list, which is lucky because the two other colours have already flown off the shelves! 


We love the gold metal fastening and soft grained leather on this luxe backpack. Being practical doesn’t have to mean compromising on style! 

It’s part of a whole ‘Heirloom’ collection, which is full of pieces incorporating this logo detail.  


Allow us to introduce the only clutch bag you’ll ever need. 

Hailing from LK Bennett, the blush pink ‘Kendall’ bag will work with everything from your Christmas party LBD to a summer wedding ensemble. 

We love a classic envelope clutch, and this one has a detachable gold chain strap for ease. There are even matching court heels available too! 


Tusting might be a new name on your radar, but the brand’s biggest fan is none other than Kate Middleton. 

The bags are designed and manufactured from start to finish in their UK factory, and the family business has got a lot of experience when it comes to making high quality pieces that will last you a lifetime. It was established in 1875! 

The mini ‘Holly’ is a versatile style that can be personalised with embossed initials or messages.