Women will never have enough handbags. The insatiable desire has probably
driven up its prices, thus making the bags really costly. But don’t say that to a
woman, as she will do anything just to get even one of the 10 most expensive
handbag brands in the world.
Prada is an Italian fashion house that specializes in luxury items for both men
and women. Mario Prada established the company in 1913. It produces a variety
of accessories, from clothing, cosmetics, fashion accessories and jewelries to
perfumes, watches and even wines and spirits. It also has a noted leather collection.
The company’s handbags are considered to be some of the most prestigious in the
world, with the price tag amounting to tens of thousands simply because it bears the
name of the prestigious fashion house.
9. Lana Marks
Lana Marks is a fashion designer that has an eponymously named brand. The brand
specializes in leather accessories, creating more than 150 styles in 100 different
colors. Celebrities who have been spotted carrying the brand’s bag include Jennifer
Aniston, Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton
and Drew Barrymore. It is best known for the Cleopatra Clutch, a bag that has 1,500
diamonds encrusted into it. The bag goes for around $100,000 and has been carried
by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Helen Mirren.
8. Hilde Palladino
Hilde Palladino is a designer from Norway known for the Gadino bag. Her first bags
came out in 2001. A limited edition version of the bag that features 40 diamonds
in the clasp has been regularly included in listings of the most expensive and
extravagant handbags in the world. Consistently great reviews and feedback
have allowed the brand to flourish and it is now getting the attention it deserves
from shops of all sizes, whether they be the small, independent stores or the big
department stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Harvey Nichols. Her bags are made
in Italy as Palladino has taken a stand against the exploitation of cheap labor in
some developing countries.
7. Judith Leiber
Judith Leiber is a handbag designer from Hungary. She started her own company
in 1963 and it was distributed in exclusive boutiques around the world. Some of her
clients include the First Ladies of different countries. The brand is famous for its bags
that are covered with crystals and jewels. The Precious Rose is a small bag that has
42 carats of a variety of jewels, from diamonds, sapphires and tourmalines. The bag
is a one-off and cost more than $90,000. The brand was rated the most prestigious
luxury handbag brand in 2007 and 2008.
6. Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs is a fashion designer from the United States. He has been the Creative
Director of Louis Vuitton since 1997. He also has his own fashion house that is
eponymously named, as well as a diffusion line called Marc by Marc Jacobs. Time
Magazine once considered him as one of the 100 most influential people in the
world. Out Magazine also named him as one of the 50 most powerful gay people in
the United States. He is famous for the Carolyn Crocodile handbag that was worth
$50,000 and the Delray, an impressive pink leather bag with gold hardware that sells
for more than $2,000.
Fendi is a fashion house from Italy known for its luxury merchandise. The Moet
Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.A. LVMH subsidiary is famous for its baguette-style
handbags. Edoardo and Adele Fendi established the company in 1925. Karl
Lagerfeld is the company’s current Creative Director. Fendi is most famous for its B.
Bag, a stylish handbag that comes in white lambskin, black crocodile and a variety
of other designs. It retails for almost $28,000. Another famous bag is the Selleria,
considered as one of the most sought-after bags in the world. The leather tote bag is
sewn by hand and is notable for its attention to detail.
Chanel is a fashion brand from France known for its high-end designs. Coco Chanel
established the company in 1909. Celebrities that have been spotted wearing
Chanel include Keira Knightley, Audrey Tautou, Nicole Kidman, Vanessa Paradis
and Catherine Deneuve. It once released a handbag called the Diamond Forever.
The bag features clasps and buckles made of white gold. It is also encrusted with
diamonds that weigh around 3.5 carats. The bag is being sold for $261,000.
Mouawad is a company that designs objects of art, timepieces and jewelries. David
Mouwad established the company in Beirut, Lebanon in 1891. It is now based in
Geneva, though it also has headquarters in Dubai in the Middle East. It is most
famous in the handbag world, however, for the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond
Purse. The bag is made of 18 karat gold and is encrusted with more than 4,500
diamonds. It costs $3.8 million, landing it a spot in the Guinness World Records in
2010 for the most valuable handbag in the world.
Hermes is a high-end fashion brand based in Paris. Established in 1837, the
company is known for the Matte Crocodile Birkin bag. Birkins already cost more
than $20,000, but the Matte Crocodile version features 10 carats of diamonds, thus
bloating its price to $120,000.
1. Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton is actually synonymous with the term luxury. The company was
established in 1854 and is based in Paris. It has been named the most valuable
luxury brand in the world for six straight years starting in 2006. In 2012, the brand
was valued at $25.9 billion. The company sells its products online, in high-end
department stores and malls, and in stand-alone boutiques. The company is known
for handbags like the Raindrop Besace, a waterproof bag that costs almost $2,000
and the New Age Traveler, a backpack with lots of phone cables that costs $55,000.
It even created a bag made from the materials of 15 different Louis Vuitton bags.
Appropriately named the Patchwork, it costs $42,000.