Bag trends come and go, but some designs have remained to be favorites among many. Because of their timeless and classic look, these creations never seem to go out of style and stayed a hit throughout seasons.
If you’re a bag aficionado or you simply want something iconic to haul your essentials with, here are 12 of the most well-loved designer handbags that deserve a space in your closet.
1. Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Chic and modern—that’s the Chanel Classic Flap Bag for you. Coco Chanel originally designed it in 1955, but Karl Lagerfeld introduced a slightly redesigned version later on—the Chanel Reissue 2.55. Distinctions between the two vary in features such as leather finish, CC monogram closure, and sizes, but both are equally loved.
2. Louis Vuitton Speedy
The Speedy was launched in 1932, and it catapulted Louis Vuitton from a luxury luggage brand into a fashion house. The Speedy was created as a smaller bag for short trips. Audrey Hepburn was one of the famous people who owned this iconic bag, and she loved it so much that she asked for a smaller version of the bag to be created.
Today, LV Speedy is still one of the most coveted bags in the market. It comes in different styles, colors and materials to suit different tastes.
3. Hermès Birkin
The first Birkin was made in 1984 for singer Jane Birkin, hence the name of one of the most legendary bags in the fashion industry.
The Birkin is not just a fashion statement, but also a status symbol that exudes wealth and a love for things excellently made. It is made with intricate hand-sewn craftsmanship and the finest materials in the world.
4. Celine Phantom Luggage Tote
Whether you’re running errands, going to several meetings, or shopping with your friends, the Phantom Luggage Tote from Celine allows you to stride in style. Women love this bag because it has enough room to fit all their essentials, yet it doesn’t compromise on style and elegance, thanks to its winged sides, braided tassels, and unique structure.
5. Givenchy Antigona
Just like the Phantom Luggage Tote from Celine, the Antigona bag from Givenchy has a structured silhouette that can elevate even the simplest outfits to fashion perfection. In fact, Beyoncé, Naomi Watts, and Miranda Kerr were photographed with this gem in tow.
6. Bottega Veneta Woven Hobo
Bottega Veneta’s Woven Hobo doesn’t have a logo or any hardware, but it’s an epitome of style, thanks to its iconic pattern. The crisscross design was made using Intrecciato, which is a technique curated by the brand in the 1960s.
7. YSL Monogram Shoulder Bag
Do you want a break from the usual clutch or purse that you carry around in your arms? If so, the YSL Monogram shoulder bag is for you.
This bag from YSL is a star because it allows you to carry your essentials minus the bulk. Plus the chain strap and the YSL logo on the front can give you a feminine flair, casual elegance, or an edgy vibe; depending on the look you’re going for.
8. Chloé Paraty
The Paraty from Chloé is another bag that’s loved for its structure. It appeals to most women because of its functionality and classic elegance. Since its launch in 2008, the Paraty bag was seen being carried by famous stars like Jessica Biel, Katie Holmes, Reese Witherspoon, and the Olsen twins.
9. Fendi Baguette
The Baguette is one of the creations that made Fendi a famous brand. It is structured to be carried under the arm, just like the French loaf it is named after. Its minimal and functional style made it popular in the late 90s. As a result, the Baguette was made in 700 styles and even made an appearance in Sex and the City.
10. Balenciaga Lariat
Balenciaga Lariat is a motorcycle inspired bag designed in 2001 that almost didn’t make it to the market. At the time, the Balenciaga bosses though that it wasn’t rigid enough.
In an interview, Nicolas Ghesquire, the creative director of Balenciaga, said, “Accessories [at the time] were rigid. Luxury leather, especially, was about rigidity. So they were not really happy, and they decided not to produce it. Then when it was in the studio and the models noticed it, I said, ‘I think we should just do 25. Let me just give them to the girls because at least some people will be happy.’ And that product started from a very, very fashion point of view [and extended] to a very, very large, global audience.”
11. Alexander McQueen Skull Clutch
Alexander McQueen’s Skull Clutch may be small, but it’s huge on statement and edginess. It exudes royalty and uniqueness that can be seen both on the red carpet and on more casual settings. Anna Paquin, Drew Barrymore, and Hillary Duff were some of the celebrities spotted holding the iconic clutch.
12. Christian Dior’s Lady Dior
On September 5, Lady Bernadette Chirac gave princess Diana a quilted bag with dangling letter charms from Christian Dior. The princess loved the bag so much, and it was seen around her arms on many trips and visits. This bag was later dubbed as Lady Dior in her honor.
Do you own any bag in this list? Which one is your favorite? Please share with us in the comments.
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