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Best Affordable Handbags

  • Marc by Marc Jacobs

    385 Bleecker St., 212-924-0026

    In the overheated world of handbags, where a basic leather satchel now costs at least $500 and the Big Luxury Brands’ seasonal marquee styles are well into the four figures, the Marc by Marc Jacobs accessories accomplish a lot at relatively low prices ($228 to $398). They gently echo, rather than slavishly copy, the season’s big themes, which means you won’t get tired of them quite so fast, and you still get the name-check of one of the world’s most influential designers. The best one this spring: the tooled distressed-leather satchel in yellow or green ($368).

From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine