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All The Stylish Cult Designer Bags Under $1,000 You Can't Pass Up On

With a budget of $1,000, your options are endless

You’ve seen them all over Instagram, serving as arm candy for fashion influencers and It girls alike. So now we’ve hunted them down and curated the best (and affordable) best bags to own now. They’re functional, stylish and designed for the modern trendsetter. We expect these bags to be around (and as stylish as ever) for a long, long time.

BOYY Romeo colour-block leather clutch, S$898, www.net-a-porter.com
Are you a huge fan of colours? What about buckles? Marrying both details in one — the latter, BOYY’s design bedrock — the Romeo leather clutch lends itself perfectly to that tricky day-to-night transition. Elizabeth and James French Fry patent leather bucket bag, S$375, www.net-a-porter.com
Elizabeth and James’s French Fry bucket bag is everything you want in a bag. It’s functional, stylish and not to mention named after a subtle, cheeky nod to everyone’s favourite fast food. Trademark Cooper cage tote bag, S$698, www.farfetch.com
God is truly in the details when it comes to Trademark bags — be it spotlighting textures or unusual designs. For this one, it’s a little of both; the interwoven “cage” body of the bag lends dimension to the all-black piece. Danse Lente mini Johnny leather bucket bag, S$519, www.mytheresa.com
Danse Lente’s bags always are unique in their own special way. Their Johnny leather bucket bag is no exception — its petite size makes it perfect for any occasion and the thick leather strap accentuates the reason why this bag has “mini” in its name in the cutest way possible. Chloe Faye mini suede-panel leather crossbody bag, £547 (S$980), www.matchesfashion.com
The timelessness of Chloe’s bags have undoubtedly been regarded as one of the best. This leather crossbody bag has classic appeal written all over it, and the suede panelling adds some understated texture. MM6 Maison Margiela Mesh triangle bag, US$195 (S$266), www.matchesfashion.com
The shape of Maison Margiela’s triangle bags is unmistakable. This is no exception, and its striking pink colour is one to bag. Mansur Gavriel, about $851, mini bucket bag
Mansur Gavriel’s bucket bags have been a hit since 2013, and even seen on celebrities such as Karlie Kloss, Reese Witherspoon and Emma Stone. Made in Italy, all these bucket bags are unlined so they don’t weigh you down. Paravel canvas and leather suitcase, about $641, www.netaporter.com
An exclusive to Net-A-Porter, this fun and functional collapsible suitcase allows you plenty of space when you need more baggage allowance at the end of your holiday. Hereu cut-out bag, $854
Made in Barcelona by local artisans using local materials, this cut-out leather bag is based on the plastic shopping baskets used in the Mediterranean. Gaia’s Ark, $171, Cult Gaia
Join the cult-obsessed with the Ark bag. Available in four sizes, you can get the extra small for a cute clutch, or go with the large as a carryall. Tara Zadeh suede clutch, $465, www.netaporter.com
Have fun with shapes with the Azar — named after the ninth month of the Iranian calendar. The circular bag is handcrafted in Spain from suede and features bold geometric hardware at the wrist strap. Hunting Season velvet bag, about $646, www.modaoperandi.com
Velvet will forever and always be favourite material of designers, and the drawstring bag is a huge trend for FW18. Available in a range of colours, from silver, to hunter green and black. Wandler leather shoulder bag, $1,088, www.netaporter.com
The Hortensia has two compartments that helps you keep all your essentials organised. Remove the shoulder strap and it becomes a fabulous top handle bag. Find it in exclusive pale blue and pink color blocks here. Simon Miller nubuck tote, $598, www.mytheresa.com
A bucket bag that’s dressed up with a chic circular handle, this is a statement piece that will complement any minimalist ensemble. Fernweh convertible bag, $696, Manu Atelier
Launched in February 2014, Manu Atelier was co-founded by Beste and Merve Manastır, the daughters of one of the oldest handcraftsmen and leather goods manufacturers in Istanbul. Designed for daily use, the Fernweh’s two adjustable straps let you carry it over the shoulder or as a backpack. Yuzefi leather tote, $802, www.netaporter.com
Colourblocking never gets old, and the gold screws on the Pablo are the perfect finishing touch. Made in London, this roomy structured bag is great for work and the weekend. Bolsa Pahla Mikinos bag, $159, Nannacay
Made in Brazil, each handcrafted woven raffia bag takes eight to ten hours to make and the delightful Mikonos bag is a must-have for a beach getaway. Carolina Santo Domingo leather tote, $1,011, www.netaporter.com
Clean, roomy and elegant, the Amphora leather tote ticks all the boxes for what every woman wants for her everyday bag.