There has been a lot of buzz over the past few months about the fact that there seems to be a resurgence in the popularity of "it bags." It seems these logo-festooned, hardware-heavy concoctions that were so popular in the late 90s to mid 2000s appear to be making a bit of a comeback on the Spring runways and Cruise collections. However, we know that for many people, a flashy bag is just not their thing, so for those of you who prefer their bags to whisper instead of shout, we've provided this short peek at two designers who are very successfully designing the antidote to the "it bag" in the form of bags that are simple, well-designed, and made of luxurious materials.


Founded in Los Angeles by designer Sarah Staudinger, these sleek, minimalistic bags are not lacking in the cool department, likely on account of the fact that Staudinger cut her teeth as the head of design at the California-cool brand Reformation. Their smooth, elegant bucket bag is especially covetable, and even better? The price is right - a mere $350 in a sea of spring handbags that start in the quadruple digits!


Moynat is to the luxury set what Staud is to the more affordable, mid-priced handbag world; a fresh face on the scene. While Moynat is by no means a new or emerging brand (having been around since 1849), they do not have the instant brand recognition as say, your Hermes Birkin or a classic Chanel Flap Bag. Sleek and elegant in design, many Moynat bags are exactly the kind of thing those interested in quiet, no-holds-barred luxury is looking for. That is, if they can stomach the money is no object price tag. Their stunningly austere Ballerine top handle bag starts at $4,500!