They say you should never judge a book by its cover. But when you dress up and step out, you are certainly judged by your outfit-and the accompanying accessories. Be it the humble hairband or sexy stilettoes, a true fashionista always punctuates her outfit with the right kind of accessories. It is the most crucial factor in determining the success of a look.
While most accessories just aid in enhancing our outfit, some have functionality too. And the first name that comes to mind when I say this, is a handbag. It’s not merely a fashion accessory, it’s a fashion essential. Any woman worth her salt knows better than to say “I have enough handbags. I don’t need anymore of ‘em.” Handbags are no longer used to carry just the essentials. We regard them as nothing short of a work of art, and often use them to make a fashion statement.
From tote to hobo to clutch bags, there are a multitude of designs, colors, sizes, and of course, brands-to choose from. It’s true that a designer handbag comes at a hefty price tag which’ll burn a hole in our pocket. Nevertheless, we don’t shy away from harboring the idea of owning one. And this post is an attempt to list down the most sought-after luxury handbags. Read on to find out more!
1. Chanel 2.55 bag
Quite possibly the first lady of handbags, the classic Chanel 2.55, commonly known as the Chanel flap bag is something that every fashion-obsessed woman aspires to own. Though essentially not a “hand”bag, it celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, and is even more popular now than it was at the time of its inception. It was the brainchild of fashion extraordinaire Coco Chanel, who designed it so that she could hang it around her shoulder and keep her hands free. It was first designed in the 1920s, but underwent some modifications and was finally sold in the market in February 1955. And that’s how it got its name-Chanel 2.55.
The bag’s versatility is what makes it so desirable- you can never go wrong with a Chanel flap bag. Whether it’s a brunch with your girl gang or a dinner date with your man, you can pair it with virtually any outfit you want. And it’s available in a riot of colours too- though black and beige are the permanent ones. The bag comes in three sizes-small, medium and large, and is made of quilted leather, which gives it the shape and volume. The classic double “CC” lock was added to it by Karl Lagerfeld.
2. Louis Vuitton Speedy bag
When it comes to handbags, you cannot miss Louis Vuitton. The bag, with the iconic monogram canvas, is a must-have for getting around in town while carrying all the essentials. And if you’re not too fond of the logo print, don’t lose heart. The Damier and Epi leather versions are just stylish as their monogram counterpart. The Speedy is yet another ubiquitous handbag which can perfectly blend with your casual jeans and a t-shirt, or a formal dress. The fact that it is lightweight yet extremely durable earns brownie points too!
The bag comes in four different sizes- Speedy 25, Speedy 30, Speedy 35, and Speedy 40. The numbers refer to the length of the bag in centimetres.
3. Hermès Birkin:
“It’s not a bag. It’s a Birkin”. Those were the exact words uttered by the sales rep at the Hermes store when Samantha Jones laid her eyes on the bag in the TV series Sex and the City. Though it has been more than a decade since the episode aired, you will surely recall that Samantha simply had to own one. Well, such is the allure of a Birkin.
The bag, which is singer-actress Jane Birkin’s namesake, was designed more than 30 years ago by Hermès executive Jean-Louis Dumas, but has remained iconic ever since. An impeccable craftsmanship and lady-like allure makes it the most-sought after bag. And since each bag is hand-sewn and crafted, no two Birkins are alike.
Just like the Speedy, a Birkin too comes in four different sizes- sizes are 25, 30, 35, and 40 centimetres. The colour palette includes brown, black, golden tan, red, olive green, orange, white and navy blue. Another interesting feature about the bag is that it comes with a set of lock and key, which are number-coded. The keys are enclosed in a leather pouch known as a clochette, which is looped through a handle. The bag is locked by closing the top flaps over buckle loops or closing the lock on the front hardware.
4. Fendi Baguette:
While Samantha Jones introduced us to the allure of a Birkin, Carrie Bradshaw swung through the streets of Manhattan with her Fendi Baguette in tow. And soon, it gained popularity as the bona fide “It Bag” among fashionistas. Designed in 1997 by Silvia Venturini, the idea behind the baguette was that it should fit under the arm, like a French Baguette loaf. It has been reincarnated in over 1000 different styles, and is available in materials ranging from denim, to pony skin and crocodile.
5. Lady Dior:
Popularly called the handbag with a “royal destiny”, the Lady Dior bag debuted in 1995. It was gifted to Princess Diana by the First Lady of France, Bernadette Chirac, and soon became her signature handbag. The bag graced the arms of Lady Di, wherever she went. This provoked heightened interest in it and at the same time made it a symbol of a refined taste.
The iconic cannage quilted square pattern seen on the bag is hand crafted and a gold or silver hardware is then attached to it, along with the dangling DIOR charm. It has been adapted into 10 different styles so far, and comes in smooth lambskin, patent leather, crocodile leather and python leather. And the best part? You can use it both as a shoulder and handle bag!
6. Prada Twin:
The devil may have worn Prada, but when it comes to a Miuccia approved bag, a true fashion-worshiper too will not shy away from it! Released as a part of Prada’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, the double handle tote bag is made of Saffiano Cuir leather. It is sufficiently spacious, and secures at top with a set of sleek turn-lock clasps. The bag is available in literally every possible shade you might want.