7 Iconic Designers and Their 12 Must Have Handbags

In the world of fashion and handbags, trends come and go yet some timeless brands have captured our imagination across centuries. Classic and iconic, nothing speaks finesse more than these 12 gorgeous it-bags, the absolute must have handbags in any wardrobe.

Go through the list and tell us, how many do you own?

1) Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton bags are not just classic statement pieces, they’re more. They are an investment. It all started with LV’s stackable, airtight, lightweight trunks made way back in 1858. Now we have these extremely trendy and popular LV women bags:

LV Neverfull Bag

If you are looking for a bag that is never full, the roomy Neverfull bag is what you need. You can pick a PM (Petite Modele) or MM (Medium Modele) or GM (Grand Modele) bag available in monogram canvas, Damier Ebene and Azur canvas, as well as graceful Epi leather.

Introduced in 2007, the Neverfull quickly became one of Louis Vuitton’s most popular and successful bags. It’s an iconic shape inspiring many in the world of accessories. Limited edition bags like the LV monogram Canvas Stephen Sprouse Roses MM, available at $1600 are treasures to grab before they are gone. Check our selection of Neverfull bags here.

Louis Vuitton Neverfull
The spacious and classy Louis Vuitton Neverfull. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

LV Speedy Bag

Created on request by Audrey Hepburn to scale down the enormous Keepall bag, the Speedy is spacious with a charming cylindrical silhouette. After the famous actress started carrying it, it caught the attention of all the fashionistas and rest as they say is history.  Speedys are known for exceptional quality and seamlessly transforming from everyday use to a formidable travel companion, and of course a must have timeless classic.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 25
The Louis Vuitton Speedy 25

The iconic bag is manufactured in four sizes: 25, 30, 35 and 40. The variations are Damier Ebene canvas, Datier Azur canvas, Monogram canvas, Epi leather and Mini lin. Sometimes you may find LV Speedy 40 up for grabs for as low as $934. Own this must have handbag, a piece of history from our selection of new and pre-loved Speedys.

LV Alma Bag

Designed by Gatson Louis Vuitton, the Alma was made as a custom order for Coco Chanel in 1925. The eye catching trapezoidal shape of the Alma stands out from the rest of the classic bags in the collection. The Alma is known for its capacity and has been manufactured in every size from BB to XXL. The limited edition glazed leather Graffiti PM Bag available at $532 is something you should order right away.  Alma is Louis Vuitton’s most revisited bag, shop our exclusive and authentic collection of pre-loved Alma’s here.

Louis Vuitton Alma
An asset for any fashionista, the Louis Vuitton Alma

2) Hermes

One of the most popular names in haute couture, this French designer brand has held an unmatchable position in the luxury fashion industry for nearly 180 years.

Hermes Birkin Bag

Named after the famous actress and singer Jane Birkin, every fashionista’s dream, this Hermes bag is all you need to make heads turn. The now legendary brand’s story that started in a flight in 1981 where Jane Birkin caught the attention of Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas while she was struggling with her handbag. Dumas sought her advice to make a better handbag and the Birkin bag was launched three years later.

The Hermes Birkin is available in Togo, Epsom, Clemence, and Porosus crocodile variants from sizes 25 to 45. The Birkin comes for the unrivaled quality of handcrafted leather like the Tangerine Ostrich leather Birkin 30 priced at $56400.

Add this bag of timeless luxury to your closet here.

Hermes Birkin
The most desired handbag in the world. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Hermes Kelly Bag

Proudly carrying Hermes’ craftsmanship, named after American actress and Monegasque princess Grace Kelly, the Hermes Kelly Bag is a clear winner when we talk space and style. The material of the bag offers options similar to the Birkin bag and is available from sizes 15 to 50. Shop from the widest range of Hermes here.

Hermes Kelly
Inspired by the iconic Grace Kelly of Monaco.

3) Chanel

Named after its daring founder Gabrielle Chanel, this brand has been setting new trends in the handbags segment. What started out as a tiny shop selling hats now has branched out to be one of the most legendary names in the fashion industry!

Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Anyone who loves Chanel would most likely own a classic quilted flap bag either in Caviar leather, lambskin, calfskin or patent leather. Lucky are those who get to grab the limited edition collection as well as those made of Alligator and Crocodile skin, there is a flap bag for everyone. For those who wish for some extra space there is also a Maxi.

Own this classic from Chanel here.

Chanel Flap Bag
Let glamour be your calling!

Chanel Boy Bag

If you are looking for a celebrity favorite bag, similar to the Classic flap but with a more defined contemporary styling, the Boy flap is for you. From a classy black patent leather Jumbo at $1700 to a pretty pink Medium at $3300

You can find a Boy flap to suit every look here

Chanel Grey Quilted Boy Flap Bag
This bag was part of the fall winter 2014 pre-collection.

Chanel Shopper Tote Bag

These totes are made of leather that can boldly withstand scratches. There is the Petite Shopper tote for the light shoppers and for those who are looking for a roomy carry-all, there is the Grand Shopper tote available.

Grab this for your next shopping outing here.

Chanel Shopper Tote
No one can have enough of this beauty!

4) Prada

How could we have the list of iconic designers without a mention of the Italian fashion house! Popular for the timeless range of ready-to-wear accessories, no girl’s wardrobe is complete without a Prada bag

Prada Saffiano Lux Double Zip tote

Be it a formal outfit or posh evening attire you can accentuate your looks toting this classy tote available in mini, small, medium and large size options. The navy small Saffiano lux double zip tote priced at $1609 on the Luxury Closet is a perfect example of the sleek styling of these bags.

You can go through a selection here.

Prada Saffiano
Perfect to carry your daily accompaniments and party it up at night!

5) Yves Saint Laurent

YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) is a brand that has established itself as a unique fashion house delivering finest fashion accessories.

Saint Laurent Paris Sac De Jour

Talk about finesse in styling, nothing beats the Sac De Jour which you can find in nano, baby, small and large size variants available in leather or croc embossed body. You can buy Saint Laurent Paris bags in many lively colors like the burgundy leather variant of the small Sac De Jour available at $ 1614. Fancy this in your closet? Shop from a huge collection here.

YSL Sac De Jour
Simplicity with style.

6) Dior

Lady Dior Bag

Designed intuitively for the Lady, this bag is a perfect embodiment of the unique style of the French luxury fashion brand, Christian Dior. This is a quintessential bag that carries the signature cannage pattern, glossy patent and lambskin leather being the popular variety ( size options: micro, mini, medium and large). Limited edition bags like the black alligator medium bags can be found priced at $8400.

Add this French beauty to your ensemble here.

Lady Dior Bag
The timeless and chic Lady Dior bag

7) Celine

Celine Luggage Tote

Launched in 1945, named after the founder Celine Vipiana, this brand has been popular for fine leather goods. The Celine luggage tote that first made its appearance in 2010 is a rare gem to collect and cherish. With a slow start in sale, this bag changed from available to sold-out overnight after the Olsen twins were spotted carrying it in New York.

You can pick a casual calfskin tote or exquisite python or crocodile skin bag. There are also linen suede totes in trendy solid color, bi color, and tri color variants ranging from nano, micro, mini to medium and large phantom sizes.

Tempted to make this your everyday tote? Shop it here.

Celine Luggage Tote must have handbags
The much coveted and instantly recognizable Celine Luggage Tote.

And that concludes our list of the 12 iconic, must have handbags. If you’re the lucky few who own any of these or aspire to make some of them part of your closet, be assured that the value will only go up from here. A good investment that is also defining your style statement? Don’t think twice!

Swati Talwar

Global Content and India Office Head

Seasoned lover of the written word. Travel junkie and Hogwarts alumni. Currently composing notes for the upcoming fashion week. You can also call me Licorne Magique (don't ask me why!).

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