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    Budget-Friendly Brands for Every Occasion

    With the end of the year quickly approaching, it's the perfect time to find a new bag for upcoming events. Whether you're attending school formal, uni balls, Christmas parties, or ringing in the New Year, we've got you covered. However, purchasing a new bag for your next party or special occasion doesn’t need to break the bank – and it shouldn’t!

    In this article, we’re sharing our favourite budget-friendly brands that are absolutely worth the hype and that offer a huge selection of classic, trendy and iconic styles to add to your event outfit.

    Types of Events that Require a New Bag


    As we head into the final months of 2023, the time for exciting parties, formal events and once-a-year occasions occurs. When shopping for a new bag for the party/Christmas season, it’s important to consider what type of events you’ll be attending:


    • School Formals: Whether you’re moving up a grade or graduating high school, school formals always require a glamorous accessory to match your formal dress.


    • Uni Balls: End-of-year balls are a fun way to sign off the university year. Opt for a trendy and versatile bag that can be dressed up or down for a night of celebration.


    • Christmas Parties: Nothing speaks of fun quite like a Christmas party. Whether you’re heading to a work event or a family function, find a bag that adds a touch of glamour to your festive outfits.

    NYE: Whether you make it to 11:59 pm or you’re in bed by 9pm, welcome in the New Year with a chic and functional bag that can hold all your essentials.

    Our Favorite Brands for the Budget-Conscious


    While designer bags are always a classic, discover a new favourite from our range of budget-friendly brands that take on the trends and colours of the season to bring flair and elegance to every occasion.



    1. AYA

    If you're a fashionista looking for trendy styles without the high price tag, AYA is the brand for you. As one of the newest brands in our lineup, AYA (as you are) is a youth-focused fashion brand that celebrates showing up as your true self. Championing individuality, embracing change and encouraging experimentation with self-expression, we offer a range of bags designed to suit unique moods, occasions and atmospheres. Find iconic mini bags, crossbody bags and purses in vibrant colours, perfect for your next formal event or even as a gift.



    2. Marakai
    Embrace the end of the year with stunning Y2K colours, trends, and styles with Marakai. The brand takes ahold of nostalgic styles and reimagines them with bold, iconic colours that are perfect for making a fashion statement. From block-coloured mini bags to trendy weaved shoulder bags and much more, Marikai is a must for those final moments at the end of the year when you just want to celebrate.



    3. Laura Jones
    For sophisticated professionals looking to enhance their style smartly, Laura Jones offers a range of elegant and timeless bags for every formal event, adding a touch of class to any outfit. From simplistic weaved crossbody bags in stunning neutrals to structured shoppers and tote bags and floral top handle bags, Laura Jones is the perfect choice for those wanting a little extra sophistication in their choice of accessory.



    4. Cabrelli
    Functional and simplistic, Cabrelli is a brand that offers budget-friendly bags without compromising on style. If you're seeking a classic accessory for your next formal event, like a shoulder bag or crossbody bag, Cabrelli offers stylish, canvas, leather and faux leather options that won’t break the bank but instead, will have your next outfit feeling extra fashionable.



    5. Nere

    For those planning to travel over the Christmas break, nere offers trendy travel companions and luggage that combine both style and functionality. With a selection of hard and soft suitcases, carry-on bags and travel accessories in iconic seasonal colours, nere takes the guesswork out of travelling, so you can focus on getting to your destination and enjoy the festive season with friends and family.



    6. Flylite

    If you're looking for a budget-friendly alternative to big luggage brands, Flylite is the brand for you. Their collection offers a wide range of luggage options that are both affordable and durable. From classic soft suitcases to hard shell suitcases crafted with durable materials, carry-on duffles and everything in between, Flylite makes it easy to travel during the holiday season in a simplistic style.



    Finding the perfect bag for upcoming events doesn't have to be a daunting task. Our curated selection of exclusive brands offers trendy styles, high quality, and affordability. Explore the range of budget-friendly brands from STRAND to find your perfect companion for end-of-year parties, events and everything fun.