For an era that has declared itself free from the shackles of the “it bag” craze, we seem to be amassing more and more handbags on our must-have lists, as dictated by street style stars, fashion editors, and all other manner of fashion and accessories cognoscenti. However, unlike the “it bag” era of the late 90s through the late 2000s, these days, some of the most covetable bags are also the simplest.
Mansur Gavriel is currently one of the most covetable names in the handbag industry. Founded in 2012 by Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, the line boasts clean, simple lines crafted from some of the richest Italian leather available. Using age-old craftsmanship techniques, they have managed to create one of the most quietly luxurious handbag lines on the market. The best part? Many of their styles are priced at under $1000 — that is, if you are able to actually get your hands on one of them.
The demand for these elegantly pared-down handbags is such that they literally sell out in hours once a line is launched. With the introduction of their e-commerce site in 2014, availability is better than it used to be, but a quick trip to said e-commerce site will soon tell you that if you don't move quickly, your Mansur Gavriel bag will end up remaining the things handbag lovers' dreams are made of, and not a reality in your wardrobe.
The good news is that this demand for these elegant mid-priced bags is the kind of success that has pushed the design house into retail e-commerce sites such as Moda Operandi, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter. It is just a matter of time before even those of us who may have been a little slow off of the starting blocks will have an opportunity to own one of these timelessly elegant handbags.