Whether you’re a fashion maverick or not, a bag collection is important to elevate your outfit. The importance of having a handbag to match your ensemble is undeniable. And sometimes, we really need a few classic ones that are versatile enough to be styled with almost everything. From the Chanel 2.55, the Hermes Birkin to the Lady Dior, some designer bags go down in history. While they may come at a hefty price, their durability and coveted glory justify the splurge. LuxeBook has put together a list of some of the best all-time classic handbags you won’t regret investing in!
When it comes to classic handbags, the leather quilted Chanel 2.55 is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and versatile handbag choices. A classic handbag that has stood the test of time, the Chanel 2.55 flap handbag was introduced in 1955 and has stayed not only in the brand’s inventory ever since but even in closets of its patrons. Its quilted design, chain strap, and front flap complete with the logo closure make it one of the most recognized styles for fashion lovers. It was originally designed as a secret place for Coco to stash her love letters, but today works as the perfect accent for a polished look.
The bag which first debuted as Chouchou is now known as the Lady Dior. This classic lady Dior was Princess Diana’s favourite and it will never lose its classic status. After being gifted the Lady bag in 1995, Princess Diana was rarely seen without it. It is often referred to as the Princess Bag. Christian Dior was initially inspired by the chairs he used to seat guests for his first fashion show in 1947 when creating the Lady’s cane work–stitched quilting. But the elegance of this bag is even today associated with sophistication and finesse. Fun fact: The DIOR charms are made in real gold.
Gucci is known for its monogram canvas handbags and can be immediately identified with the brand’s logo. The iconic Gucci Horsebit debuted in 1953. Top-stitching reminiscent of that on saddles adorned handbags; and green and red stripes seen on the girth straps became a signature Gucci element, as did the Gucci Horsebit. Till today, we see modern iterations of the bag that champion the instantly identifiable double D-rings.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull
When it comes to spacious totes to carry the whole world in your bag Louis Vuitton’sNeverfull MM tote is the ultimate. The Damier Print is the bag’s most iconic feature, making it one of a kind. It’s timeless design is roomy yet not bulky, with a sleek allure.
The Fendi Baguette was launched in 1997 and became the ‘IT’ bag of the 90s. The cute bag’s popularity has not fizzled out till today. Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi in 1997, it is now the protagonist of an astonishing range of colours, patterns and details. It’s the ideal bag for a casual day out.
Is your classic handbag collection truly complete without the ultimate luxury bag of all, the Hermes Birkin? We’d say not. The Birkin was born in 1984 when Jane Birkin was seated next to Hermès Chief Executive Jean-Louis Dumas on an airplane in the early 1980s, expressing her need for a chic carryall handbag. Spacious and luxurious, today this is a cult favourite. It is one of the most iconic classic handbags. A cult favourite, there is a long waitlist to get your hand on one. You may ask why? It’s because it takes at least two full days to craft a single bag.
Bottega Veneta Jodie
You must have definitely seen those leather woven bags in the form of a clutch, hobbo or tote; and if you’re a bag lover you know it’s a Bottega Veneta Jodie. One of the most standout features of it is the woven technique that makes it instantly recognizable. No matter how many years go by, this is one of the many classic handbags that will always be a keepsake.