Top 10 Designer Must Have Bags For Your Closet

Is there an adjective that can truly describe the feeling of holding a new handbag, sinking into its sweet new smell and toting it with pride? The fashion industry has seen several iconic designers whose bags are much more than just accessories. Here we have a lineup of some of the most stunning women handbags which are not just bags but fine pieces of extraordinary design and craftsmanship worth treasuring.

1. Chanel Quilted Leather Classic Flap Bag

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Classy in Chanel

The Chanel Classic Flap is one of the largest and the most popular collections of bags known for perfectly blending contemporary and classic in its design. There isn’t a celebrity who doesn’t own a classic flap from Chanel. Quilted caviar leather might be the most common one, but there are equally beautiful ones in lambskin, calfskin and patent leather as well. If you are looking to stand out from the crowd, go for the limited-edition bags or the ones made in alligator and crocodile leather. If you have very little to carry the mini flap is a great option, and you can always upgrade to a larger one such as from the small, medium, jumbo and maxi bags from this collection.

2. Lady Dior Bag

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Dancing with Lady Dior

A feminine charm full of sophistication and class, this one is a closet staple, period! Carry it as a chic handheld or a fashionable crossbody. What came as a fresh trend in 1994 instantly gained global popularity among the fashion fanatics. The very first time it was introduced, it went by the name Chouchou which means favorite and it was renamed 2 years later after Princess Diana received it as a gift from France’s first lady and was widely photographed with this beauty. Bearing cannage pattern on lambskin and patent leather, these Dior bags come with a Dior alphabet charm. It is available in large, medium, mini and micro sizes. Available in colors to suit your every mood, you can also find some rare limited-edition bags in this collection here.

3. Fendi 2Jours Tote

Designed to impress, this bag from the house of Fendi is an example of exemplary designer perfection. It may look like a simple bag but then Fendi’s perfection lies in simplicity. The discreet and subtle metal bar at the top with FENDI in small print is another example of the brand’s refined design and simplicity. Very classy yet practical, this women’s tote’s thin sides make it flexible and easy to expand. With organized pockets, zipper closure and a handle that is just the perfect length, this bag boasts of functionality too. Find one for yourself here.

4. Prada Saffiano Lux Tote

Well known for a timeless range of women accessories, a closet cannot be complete without Prada Bags. Available in sizes like mini, small, medium and large, this Prada Saffiano Lux Tote is a must-have. Sleek styling, immaculate craftsmanship, and quality materials make this classy tote a big favorite. A definite must-have for a collector.

5. Balenciaga City Tote

Iconic, charming and full of distinguishing features, this bag can’t be missed in a list of must-have handbags. This women’s bag has a rocker chic vibe to it and it is one of the unstructured, soft and slouchy bags with a casual and edgy touch. Introduced in early 2000s, this bags available color palette has only expanded with every passing season and is now available in an array of shades.

6. Louis Vuitton Neverfull

For the women who cannot compromise on space, Louis Vuitton Neverfull is the answer. A convenient fuss-free tote, this one comes with a roomy compartment and comfortable carry handles. Ranging from the signature monogram canvas to the timeless Damier Ebene and Azur, as well as elegant Epi leather you can find PM, MM and GM variants of Neverfull here. You can also look for limited edition bags which are very rare to find.

7. Celine Luggage Tote

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Travel in style

With its distinguishable design, this is a bag that women of different tastes would unanimously vote for. This bag from Celine comes in calfskin leather which is the most common type, python, and crocodile which are the classiest in the lot, and linen, suede collection for the contemporary lovers looking for a lightweight variant. Whether you are looking for solids to go with formal attire or bi-color and tri-color for a lighter and casual touch, you have them all here.

8. Hermes Birkin

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J’adore le Birkin

When Jane Birkin complained about the shortage of pockets in women’s handbags to Jean-Louis Dumas during a flight journey, the inspiration for the Birkin bag was born. Sturdy, structured, stable, this Hermes Birkin bag is everything that a fashionable bag is plus the functional benefits it comes with. The Birkin bag price mainly varies based on the material and the size. Here is a collection of Birkin bags in material variants like that of the Kelly in sizes 25 to 45.  

9. Hermes Kelly Bag

A trapezoidal beauty depicting the zenith of Hermes’ craftsmanship, this bag is available in Togo, Epsom, Clemence, Ostrich and Porosus crocodile in a variety of colors. Originally designed as a saddle holder and then redesigned several times, Hermes finally achieved perfection and American actress and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly made this bag popular, and the bag was therefore named after her. Rich history, a piece of extraordinary craftsmanship, and durable to stay lifelong with you, this bag is simply one of the best handbags.

Whether you are looking for a tiny Hermes Kelly bag of size 15 or a carry-all of size 50, find all the varieties here.

10. Louis Vuitton Speedy

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Speedy Romance

For those who are always on the move, here is a trendy bag in which you can carry all you want. Louis Vuitton has created a utilitarian fashion piece which can be found in monogram canvas of various colors, classy Damier Azur and Ebene and Epi leather variants. The most popular among the LV Speedy of sizes 25-40, unique limited edition range, you have them all here.

Honorary Mentions

  • Saint Laurent Sac de Jour
  • Celine Trapeze Bag
  • Chanel Boy Bag
  • Fendi Peekaboo Bag
  • Chloe Drew Bag

So that is our list of top 10 handbags you must have. How many do you have?

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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