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Feature: Neo Luxury


The luxury handbag market has been dominated in the past, by the likes of Gucci, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton. Newcomers are breaking barriers with slightly lower price points, equally luxurious products and a serious cult following.

Botkier leads the way. Introduced in 2003, Monica Botkier created a now infamous tote – the Trigger bag. Lined with tons of pockets and unique, equestrian–inspired styling, the former fashion photographer’s bags were an instant hit. Now they have reached the level of luxury, with high – quality leathers, Italian hardware, and timeless style.

Trigger, $610, Botkier.com
Bombay, Tall Hobo, $635, Botkier.com
Essex, Small Shoulder, $735, Botkier.com

Kooba bags are always on the “It” list. Rugged leather, antiqued brass, and braid details are typical components of a Kooba bag. Iconic bags range from the Sienna, the Chiara, and the Ginger, all available in rich earth tones. These everyday cool collections are designed by a mother and daughter, indicating that fashion and style don’t fall far too from the proverbial tree.

Sienna, $595, Koobabags.com
Chiara, $525, Koobabags.com
Ginger, $715, Koobabags.com

Bulga is the new kid on the designer’s block, but has quickly reached cult status. Toted by celebrities like the Simpson sisters, Bulga bags have young, fresh details, and are roomy enough to carry all the essentials. Designer Natalia Kolovanova’s signature piece is the Large Butterfly Tote, which has a signature smattering of studs in a ‘butterfly winged’ pattern, drawstring top, and two tassels. New styles recently added to the collection display the designer’s signature detailing, and lend beauty to any look.

-Ehmonie Hainey

Large Butterfly Tote, $475, Revolve Clothing
Stud Handle Tote, $700, Revolve Clothing
Soft Crescent Tote, $595, Revolve Clothing





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