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These are the designer handbags our Mumsnet users have on their wishlists

When an OP came to our forum in search of a luxury handbag around the £1,500 mark, the hive mind was quick to serve up recommendations.

By Rebecca Roberts | Last updated Apr 10, 2024

Designer handbags

What designer handbag you invest in entirely depends on your budget. Too low, and you’re looking at luxe card and phone holders that can’t carry much more, whereas for something bigger, you’d be looking at prices of two grand and over. Mumsnet user whitenoisemachine soon realised this, after taking to the boards in search of recommendations for a designer handbag around the £1,500 mark. 

However, as always, fellow users quickly came to the thread to share the designer handbags around that price that they either own or have on their own wishlists. And it wasn’t long before the likes of LOEWE, Ferragamo and Mulberry were being thrown in for consideration. So, read on to find our roundup of the designer handbags our Mumsnet users are lusting after right now. 

Let’s start with this LOEWE Mini Puzzle shoulder bag that’s cut from 100% smooth leather in a cuboid silhouette that transforms this bag from shoulder to clutch, cross-body to top handle, and it can even fold completely flat. 

LOEWE Mini Puzzle Shoulder Bag, £1,750 | Buy now from Liberty London

Mumsnet seal of approval: “I have nothing to go with it and it’s too small. But I love it.” weaselwords

“You want a company that specialises in leather work, such as Hermès, Loewe and Ferragamo, if you want top quality.” Molecule

This small hug leather bag from Ferragamo is named after the way its ‘Gancini’ buckled tabs gently hug the sides. Made in Italy from black-textured leather, there’s plenty of space for your keys, phone, cosmetics and cards.

Ferragamo Small Hug Leather Crossbody Bag, £1,640 | Buy now from FARFETCH

Mumsnet seal of approval: “The bag I’d been lusting over was sold out, and I ended up with a beautiful Ferragamo instead. Five years on and it still looks good.” Molecule

“The Ferragamo bag previously mentioned is v v nice and much classier imo than the bags littered with shrieking initials.” RosesandHellebores

Or what about a GUCCI Jackie leather shoulder bag? This iconic silhouette is named after Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who was rarely pictured without one. 

GUCCI Jackie Leather Shoulder Bag, £2,220 | Buy now from Harrods

Mumsnet seal of approval: “I'd go for the Gucci Jackie!” ChanelNo19EDT

For individuals seeking quiet luxury, the TOTEME Leather T-Lock Top-Handle Bag is a great choice.

TOTEME Leather T-Lock Top-Handle Bag, £1,070 | Buy now from Harrods

Mumsnet seal of approval: “Something from Toteme and a night in a very nice hotel.” Lookingoutside

“Toteme T lock. Just bought one and think I might get the other size too.” Nw22

SAINT LAURENT was a name that kept coming up, and this Monogram quilted-leather shoulder bag is certainly one to consider. Crafted from classic quilted leather with a grained finish, this clean and compact silhouette is timeless. 

SAINT LAURENT Monogram Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag, £1,255 | Buy now from Selfridges

Mumsnet seal of approval: “I would personally get this if I had the money”, Optimistic66

“I'd suggest Saint Laurent as a brand for a price point of £1.5k to £2k. I have a few bags and they're well constructed, have a classic look and wear well.” LondonTraveller

Quite a handful of users recommend Mulberry as their go-to choice, and one poster has the Mulberry Alexa leather tote bag on their wishlist… And we can understand why!

Mulberry Alexa Leather Tote Bag, £995 | Buy now from FARFETCH

Mumsnet seal of approval: “I’ve been saving for a Mulberry Alexa and finally got one two weeks ago so I’d say that.”


And finally, to roundup this rather expensive wishlist, the Musubi mini knotted leather shoulder bag by ACNE STUDIOS that has ‘amazingly soft’ leather and is under a grand in price. 

ACNE STUDIOS Masubi mini knotted leather shoulder bag, £1,050 | Buy now from FARFETCH

Mumsnet seal of approval: “I’m glad someone linked the Acne bag - I found myself in their Gothenburg store a few weeks ago and was seriously tempted by this one which is slightly bigger. The leather is amazingly soft but it also struck me that it was a tough long lasting bag.” Justfivemoreminutesplease

About the author

Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she commissions, writes, and edits to bring parents content designed to make life easier. After birthing and breastfeeding two babies in two years, Rebecca knows first-hand how hard it can be to prioritise self care. So, she’s on a quest to find the best beauty, skincare, and make-up products, with the help of Mumsnet user recommendations. 

Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog up and down country lanes.

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