New “It Bags” appear on our radar every season, but none of them quite compare to a real classic that you’ll be able to sport years down the line. Some of these iconic bags have been around for decades, but they’re still universally loved, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll go out of fashion anytime soon. They still grace the arms of celebrities, street style stars, and royals alike. If you’re looking for a designer handbag that will stand the test of time, these bags are real investment pieces that you’ll be able to pass on to your daughters or granddaughters. Well, at least that’s what we’re telling ourselves!
Chanel “2.55” Flap Bag
Coco Chanel created this practical shoulder-strap style in the 1920s as she was tired of having to carry her bag in her hands all the time. The original design consisted of the so-called mademoiselle lock. It was not until the 1980s that Karl Lagerfeld introduced the interlocking Cs as a closure.
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Christian Dior “Lady Dior” Bag
While on a trip to Paris, Diana, Princess of Wales (aka Lady Di), fell in love with this bag. So much that it was named after her. The immediately recognisable design consists of four charms: the letters of the brand.
Louis Vuitton “Speedy” Bag
We hear your outcry, but think about it: the only reason why this iconic bag has been copied so much is because it is so popular. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Plus, if you’re tired of seeing the monogram pattern, you can also sport the style in other materials and colours. The original brown canvas feels vintage and is also featured on bags in the latest runway shows. Talk about an updated classic!
Hermès “Birkin” Bag
If you want to get your hands on a “Birkin” bag, you need to conquer the waiting list first. The list of celebrities carrying this bag is just as exclusive: Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, and Naomi Campbell to name just a few.
Balenciaga “City” Bag
Celebrities have been carrying this bag since 2000. Kate Moss in particular loves the design — probably because the studs make this style much more rock ‘n’ roll than many other bags.
Fendi “Baguette” Bag
Just like the French bread, you can easily carry this bag under your arm. This year, stars like Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker confessed their love for this iconic style by creating their own versions of the “Baguette.”
Bottega Veneta “Intrecciato” Bag
Bottega Veneta is known for its collections of understated luxury. So don’t expect to see any logos on this bag. But the interwoven leather still makes it immediately recognizable.
Goyard “Saint Louis” Tote
Goyard was founded in 1853, one year before Louis Vuitton. Instead of a monogram, Goyard uses a distinctive chevron pattern, which was also admired by Coco Chanel.
Gucci “Bamboo” Bag
The bamboo handles were developed by Gucci back in 1947. But what was initially supposed to be a material replacement in postwar times soon became a favourite among celebrities. While the original design of the bag has slightly been altered, its popularity remains unchanged.