While having the newest handbag straight off the runway can transform any female into an instant fashionista, the truth is that some things never go out of style. While handbags from designers like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Bottega Ventea and Balenciaga are always setting trends and pushing fashion forward, you can really find their best pieces, if you look back, even as far the 1800's. All of the luxury bags that never go out of style are not only timeless, all of these bags are redesigned every season to compliment the latest collections.
Every bag has a story. Many of these handbags are named or designed for renowned fashions icons, such as Hermès’ Kelly Bag for Princess Grace Kelly and Birkin Bag for actress Jane Birkin. Christian Dior’s Lady bag was originally called the Constance Bag, but was re-named for Princess Diana, when she was photographed wearing one. Fictional fashionista Carrie Bradshaw made Fendi’s Baguette the It bag and over fifteen years later, women still lust after them.
All of these brands are not only known for high fashion, but they are also known for their high prices. The luxury classics range from over $200,000 to just under $1,000. The prices of these bags often increase, sometimes even bi-annually. Designers raise the prices as often as they do, because they can. It's safe to say these bags are good fashion investments. Their luxury materials and fine craftsmanship mean they will be usable for years to come. Furthermore, they can go easily from day to night and workday to weekend. Louis Vuitton's Speedy, Prada's Saffiano Leather and the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag have optional shoulder straps which can take them from casual to sophisticated in a snap. The durability and versatility of all of these bags justifies the prices and will continue to do so for years to come.
10 Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
9 Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag
8 Bottega Veneta Intrecciato
7 Prada Saffiano Bag
6 Christian Dior Lady Bag
5 The Gucci Jackie Bag
4 The Fendi Baguette
3 Hermès Kelly Bag
The Hermès Kelly Bag is the ultimate stays symbol. No other accessory has subtly screamed expensive quite the way the Kelly does. First introduced in 1892 as a saddle bag, the iconic accessory evolved and was ultimately named for princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, when it was given to her in 1954. It has been making women feel like princesses ever since. Handmade, these bags take between 18-25 hours to create. It is Hermès' best selling bag of all time.
2 Hermès Birkin Bag
Named for actress Jane Birkin, it was first created for her in 1984 when she sat next to Hermès executive Jean-Louis Dumas on an airplane and told him she was having trouble finding a good leather weekend bag. Dumas had the bag created for her based on a design from 1892. These bags, which are lined with goat skin leather and then made with a variety of leathers including calf skin, ostrich, lizard and crocodile, take approximately 48 hours to make by hand.
1 The Chanel Flap Bag
The Chanel flap bag is the epitome of a classic handbag. It is simply designed and crafted. First introduced in 1955 by Coco Chanel herself, who was tired of carrying her purse in her hands and wanted something chic for her shoulders. It was slightly re-designed in 1983 by Karl Lagerfeld, who added the iconic CC clasp.
If you are considering purchasing one of these bags, do it sooner rather than later because the prices of these bags have been known to increase bi-annually. At any price, it is a worthwhile investment. The most expensive flap bag was sold for $261,000, but less expensive ones start at a more relatively affordable $2,200.
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