A woman’s shoes define her status and her bags define her taste. While the latest arm candies from a designer’s collection can add seasonal charm to your attire, timeless bags provide that ethereal chicness that is symbolic of fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, Jane Birkin, and Kate Moss.
Classic bags will burn a hole in your pocket, but they are worth their price as they will stay by your side as years pass by. Famous women have played a significant role in establishing the cult status of iconic bags — Sarah Jessica Parker made the Fendi Baguette famous while filming for Sex and the City. Likewise, Audrey Hepburn made Louis Vuitton popular by carrying the monogrammed bag on the streets of Paris.
Women love handbags and irrespective of how many they already have, there is always some place for one more. Here are some timeless handbags that you can invest in.
1. Lady Dior Bag:
Price range: $3,000 – $8,000
The Lady Dior Bag gained popularity when it was seen on Diana, Princes of Wales. The bag was gifted to her by the first lady of France, Bernadette Chirac. Diana loved her gift so much that she carried it everywhere she went. Her bag caught the attention of fashion editors and fashion lovers across the world and that’s how the Lady Dior Bag achieved its cult status. From Marion Cotillard to Blake Lively, this bag has been spotted on many of the reigning queens of Hollywood.
2. Louis Vuitton Speedy
Price range: $900 – $1200
If you are fashionista, this monogrammed classic is a must buy. More importantly, compared to other classic bags, this bag offers value for money — it is the most affordable of all classic bags. Not many people know that the Louis Vuitton speedy is both fireproof and waterproof. The bag became famous after it was seen on Audrey Hepburn. This was about half a century ago, but the LV speedy is as famous as ever.
3. Chanel 2.55 Bag:
Price Range: $2,800 – $8,000
Coco Chanel is one of the most influential names in the world of fashion. From perfumes to skirt suits, she is the brain behind some of biggest fashion innovations of the century. However, not many people know that Coco Chanel is also the woman who gave the world strap handbags. Chanel’s original 2.55 Bag was redesigned and relaunched by Karl Lagerfield in 1954 when he was the Creative Director of Chanel. Ever since then, this bag has had many loyal admirers.
4. Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag:
Price Range: $1,235 – $1,675
The Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag is for women with an edgy style. Its design is unlike that of any other classic bag. Its patented tassels and mirror can be spotted from a distance. The Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag is a favorite of many models — Kate Moss, Adriana Lima, and Giselle Bundchen have been spotted using it often.
5. Hermes Birkin Bag:
Price Range: $12,000 – $223,000
It will be a pity if we missed Jane Birkin’s namesake bag — after all, it is one of the most costliest bags in the world. The Birkin is made from a wide variety of leather — ostrich, crocodile, lizard, etc. To be able to get this bag into your wardrobe, you will have to wait for over a year because there is always a wait list for the Birkin.