They can be made with a variety of materials, but we prefer leather since it is durable and oftentimes looks better as the bag ages.
We’ve included crossbody and top handle satchels from a number of different designers across multiple price points so whether you’re seeking a satchel for work that is polished and professional or prefer one that is more stylish and casual, we hope you find something on this list that’s right for you.
Michael Kors Satchel Bag
This is a gorgeous satchel handbag from Michael Kors that is made from saffiano leather that gives the bag a stiff and polished structure, ensuring that it will retain its shape for many years to come.
The satchel has rolled leather handles and comes with an optional adjustable shoulder strap so it can be work crossbody.
It has a top zip with three interior pockets, comes with a duz bag, and has a spring-lock keychain.
Small enough for daily use but probably not big enough for work as you won’t be able to fit your laptop.
Tory Burch Leather Satchel
This beautifully structured satchel has three inside pockets that are perfect for keeping you organized. It also has rolled top handles and an adjustable strap for added flexilibilty.
This is a Tory Burch bag so it is the priciest one on our list as this is a well known designer of handbags, but it’s so beautiful we had to include it on our list.
Michael Kors Hamilton Satchel HandBag
This is another Michael Kors satchel that is more spacious than it looks and is filled with interior zippers and pockets, helping you stay classy and organized.
It has an adjustable strap and top handles as well, and the bag is accented with a logo lock. This is a good alternative for your work tote bag if you don’t need the additional roominess of a tote bag.
Our love for Kate Spade handbags and purses is no secret due to her sophisticated and daring style. This saffiano leather satchel bag is spacious and has a 6” handle drop so that it can be worn shoulder or crossbody style.
However, there aren’t too many interior compartments and the short 6” drop may not be suitable for taller women.
The Sak Kendra Satchel Handbag
This is a handcrafted leather handbag from Sak Kendra that has a longer 9” handle drop that makes an ideal crossbody satchel.
It’s also very affordable given its leather construction. That said, there have been some complaints of the bags’ zipper not fully closing and there aren’t too many interior pockets either.
Michael Kors Top Zip Black Leather Satchel
Can’t go wrong with a Michael Kors handbag. This satchel handbag comes in a wide variety of styles and colors from which to choose, but they are all made of the soft saffiano leather that give the bag its polished look and feel.
It has a top zip and the bag will remain upright since it has feet on the bottom. It’s a bit pricey but this is one of our favorite leather satchel handbags.
(available in other colors)
Coach Crossgrain Black Leather Satchel Handbag
This storied brand has been making some of our favorite handbags for years. You know you’re getting a quality bag from the Coach brand and this leather satchel is no exception.
We can’t get over how soft and luxurious this leather bag feels. Due to its crossgrain leather construction, the bag is equally soft, sturdy and lightweight.
The only downside is that it has a relatively short handle drop and doesn’t have too many interior compartments.
Kate Spade leather Satchel Handbag
This is a leather satchel with clean lines and a smooth rich exterior pebble texture. It has top handles and an adjustable shoulder strap
It has stiff sides that will hold up and has and a top zipper to help keep your things secure and metal feet.
This is a good everyday bag but its not big enough to be used as a work bag.
Brahmin Duxbury Top Handle Satchel Bag
This is a satchel from Brahmin, an established brand but still a relative newcomer compared to the likes of Coach and Kate Spade.
This is a large handmade leather satchel bag that is surprisingly light. It has a long 24” shoulder drop to that will have to be adjusted to be worn crossbody by all but the tallest women.
If you need a bag for work that offers enough size, durability and professional polish, this is it.
KPL Crossbody Satchel Handbag (Amazon favorite)
This is a satchel bag that is an Amazon favorite. It has a rustic vintage look and is made from genuine artisan-crafted leather with an olive green interior.
It has sturdy buckle closures to keep your stuff sage, and is big enough to hold a 13” laptop so it can be used as a work bag. Additionally, it has an adjustable shoulder strap and two front inner and outer pockets to keep you well-organized.
Synthetic Leather Satchel Handbag (inexpensive bag)
This is a synthetic leather bag that may be a good option for vegans or those who prefer an alternative to leather. The leather is a bit stiff so you’ll have to break it in but the upside is that it will certainly hold up over time.
It has a roomy main compartment that’s accessed by a central zipper, and has two interior slip pockets and one zip pocket
Fossil Rachel Satchel Handbag on Amazon
This is an updated version of the Sydney Satchel Handbag. It has dual zippers so it can be opened all the way up to reveal its roomy interior with two slip pockets.
It also has a beautiful leather finish that gives it a structured and polished feel. This is a bag that can be used for work that will only get better with time. Love the price too. Great Value.
Marc Jacobs Leather Satchel Bag
This is a lovely satchel from the famous Marc Jacobs collection that can be worn at a night out or in the boardroom.
It has a fold-over inspired silhouette, the signature ring, an interior zip pocket, and a large dose of elegance and classiness.
Kate Spade New York Satchel – Amazon favorite
This is another satchel handbag from Kate Spade via Amazon that comes in a wide variety of colors but we love the pink and brown versions the best.
It has a stiff high-quality leather exterior, a top zipper closure, two interior slide pockets, and two zipper pockets. Can never have too many Kate Spade bags but this one is on the smaller side so it’s more for weekend outings as you can only hold a select number of items.
Vince Camuto Leather Top Handle Satchel Bag
It has a wide top handle and a rich pebbled leather exterior and magnetic snap closure. We love the interior zip and smartphone pockets. This is a beautiful bag that will turn heads everywhere.
Kate Spade Colette leather satchel
This is a classic Kate Spade leather satchel with a top zip closure and top carry handle.
With the standard Kate Spade interior zip pockets, it will help keep everything separated, and it has an affordable price point that will leave you enough money leftover to buy a matching outfit.
Why We Love Leather Handbags
Leather comes in a variety of quality. There is handcrafted leather that tends to be stiff, while other types of leather satchels may have a soft and lightweight feel.
“Genuine Leather” is somewhat of a misnomer because typically individual pieces of leather are glued together so it’s typically not as durable as other types of leather.
Top grain leather is a step up and more durable and easier to manipulate than other thicker types of leather, but if you want the highest quality leather, you should opt for full grain leather.
Full grain leather bags use the entire skin so they can provide the ultimate in durability and actually provide waterproof protection as well.
It is the heaviest of leathers and therefore takes more time and effort to be treated and styled, but, with the exception of expensive exotic ostrich and reptile leathers, it’s the longest lasting leather by far.
In the end, there is no right or wrong handbag. Just keep in mind what size, style, color and price point work for you.
If you want a smaller designer leather satchel that won’t break the bank, we suggest the satchels from Michael Kors, but if you want one that is larger, more affordable and functional, then the satchel handbags on Amazon may be a better fit.