There are certain handbags that are immediately recognizable, and coveted by many. Handbags that express status and signify good taste; but what makes these handbags so iconic? PORTERO’s Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, explains.
How does a handbag become iconic?
An iconic handbag is a bag that anyone can recognize, even if they don’t know a lot about handbags in general. A handbag becomes iconic by being classic, chic, highly functional, of great quality, and timeless. It is a bag that speaks volumes. Created by one of the top luxury brands, an iconic bag has a classic, recognizable style, and can be worn any year, any season, and any occasion. It takes this special combination of attributes and a top tier luxury brand for a bag to be considered at an iconic level. Bags that are difficult to carry, open, close, etc. generally never become iconic because they are too impractical to be carried regularly. I would say over 15 years of stability would be the shortest duration before you can call a handbag iconic.
What are some of the most iconic handbags?
Some of the most iconic handbags today include the Chanel Classic Flap, the Hermès Birkin Bag, and the Hermès Kelly Bag. These are bags that have been wardrobe staples and recognized as iconic for more than 20 years.