By Ray LoweThe bucket bag has a universally appealing shape: It’s structured, but not too structured; fashionable, but not too trendy, and it’s the happy medium between a too-large tote and a too-small clutch. It’s also one silhouette that both luxury designers and mass retailers have gotten behind (with fervor) in recent seasons, churning out different size, color, and material variations left and right. And while the original cult favorite belongs to Mansur Gavriel (and retails for $495), it’s hard to walk into any store without seeing some type of bucket bag these days.
While it’s nice to dream, there is no way that am I parting with $5,200 for a so-called “It” bag (hello Louis Vuitton Petite Malle). Fortunately there is no need to fork over three months rent to find the perfect purse. Here are 13 beauties for under $500 that are worth every penny and will last a lifetime. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day
In what might be the most niche fashion controversy to hit New York Fashion Week in, well, ever, downtown designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh is accusing fashion darlings and recent CFDA winners Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel of copying her signature shoes. The shoes are very similar, and unfortunately there was this whole conflict.” Maryam Nassir Zadeh has been making her shoes since 2012.