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What Makes A Classic A Classic: Coveted Handbags

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

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.

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.

The Hermès Kelly — Originally known as the Sac à Dépêches, this leather handbag was first used as a boot and saddle holder for European equestrian riders. The bag achieved worldwide fame in 1954 when Alfred Hitchcock convinced renowned costume designer Edith Head to purchase the bags for Grace Kelly to wear in his classic film To Catch a Thief. After Kelly wed Prince Rainier in 1956 and became Princess of Monaco, the bag’s legendary status was sealed. The coveted bag was officially renamed in 1977.

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.



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




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


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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