I was poking through the under $100 handbag selection on Nordstrom, looking for well-reviewed items for something else (see below), when I spied this gorgeous satchel — it looks like a great casual, fun briefcase for $65. I’d probably remove the crossbody strap (I almost always do!), but that’s me. The bag is 16″W x 11″H x 5″D, and comes in four colors of tough 1050-denier nylon; it fits up to a 13″ laptop. YUMC Haight Satchel
But here’s the Q that prompted my search (before I got distracted by the pretty red affordable briefcase): I was thinking this morning about how we’ve found numerous budget heels that are kind of classics — the $20 Karmen pump at Payless, the $25ish Merona wedge at Target — but I don’t think we’ve ever found a low cost handbag that I would call a classic. By “classic” I mean: a bag that’s been around for several years from the same retailer, probably in several colors, and continuously gets great reviews from Corporette readers. While I can think of a NUMBER of bags like that in the $300-$600 range, it’s hard to think of any in the $100 range or under. So let’s hear it, ladies — which are your favorite classic budget handbags for work? Do such things exist, or are they all lucky finds?