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A GUIDE TO THE CLASSICS: BAGS

Take a closer look at some of the most iconic handbags in the world and the brands that created these elegant fashion statements.

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THE LUXURY HANDBAG

WHERE FUNCTIONALITY MEETS ELEGANCE

Truly classic handbags must possess the perfect balance of ageless design, elegance and craftsmanship while fulfilling a daily functional role. Hence, these handbags from the world’s leading fashion houses have made the cut to become revered classics.

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THE HERMÈS BIRKIN

Chance encounters sometimes lead to remarkable inventions. In 1981, Jane Birkin was seated on a plane next to Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas when her straw bag opened and its contents fell to the floor.

Dumas responded by developing the simple, yet elegant Birkin, now considered the most iconic in the world. The all leather Birkin is handmade in France by expert artisans who still employ the same 200-year-old craftsmanship that includes the Hermès signature saddle stitching and gold plated hardware.

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HERMÈS

Timeless and classic because of craftsmanship and attention to detail, Hermès makes some of the most coveted handbags in the world.

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THE CHANEL FLAP BAG

True to her design philosophy, Coco Chanel wanted to give women as much freedom as possible in their daily lives while still maintaining pure elegance. Tired of constantly carrying bags in her arms,

Chanel took a 1920’s military satchel as inspiration: with the simple addition of handles, a woman could now sling the bag over her shoulders, thus freeing her hands for other important tasks. The Chanel Maxi achieves an inspiring union of function, design and beauty. Coco Chanel updated the Maxi in February 1955, hence the “2.55” moniker.

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CHANEL

Brilliant, demanding and wildly inventive, Coco Chanel revolutionized women’s fashion and the thinking behind luxury goods.

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THE LOUIS VUITTON
MONOGRAM

Since opening his own workshop in 1854, Louis Vuitton’s family-owned trunk making company evolved into what is now one of the world’s most recognizable brands. After attracting the elite with his fashionable canvas trunks, a notable innovation from the conventional cowhide trunks, the Louis Vuitton brand introduced its LV monogram in 1896.

Prior, Louis Vuitton luggage was only available in various colors such as its popular Trianon grey and Damier collections. Once Louis Vuitton opened its store on the Champs-Elysées in 1914 showcasing its LV monogram and various travel accessories, Louis Vuitton solidified its esteemed role in the luxury market.

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LOUIS VUITTON

Stylish, iconic, and durable, Louis Vuitton's monogrammed "LV" and Damier collections remain some of the most revered handbags and luggage around the world.

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