Just like most things in human history, we have given iconic status to some bags over the centuries. Notwithstanding the fact that these bags are exquisitely crafted and made with expensive materials, they have gained their cult following in part to the consumer behavior of exclusivity.
The bags on this list are not only worth investing in. But over the years, they have become the crème de la crème of the handbag world. In this post, we take a look at 5 of the most iconic luxury handbags in history.
- Hermès Kelly.
Conceived in 1930, the bag was not originally named Kelly. But when the newly engaged Princess Kelly of Monaco used the bag to hide her pregnant belly, it was renamed after the Princess.
Apart from its association with Hollywood and royalty, its iconic status begins from its birth. The Kelly bag is rumored to be made by one single person from start to finish. It is made of 36 pieces of leather and back sewn and later turned inside out.
No person on earth is said to have been gifted the Kelly bag so far. To get one, even the A-list celebrities have to get on the waiting list, which can be anywhere from a few months to years.
- Hermès Birkin.
Another classic from the house of Hermès. The bag was supposedly designed after Jane Birkin, who wanted a bag that could fit all her essentials along with the baby’s feeding bottles.
The bag is quite unlike anything that was designed during that time with deep interiors, expandable sides, and a structured body. The Birkin bag is so iconic that it is not advertised anywhere in the world. The value of the bag keeps increasing every year, and it is even more valuable than the Kelly bag.
- Cèline Luggage Tote.
This iconic bag is both practical and chic. This is the brand’s translation of luxury in tote bags, and it was quite successful at that. The design and silhouette are quite masculine and no-nonsense.
The bag is ideal for the working woman and those on the go. It can easily accommodate a laptop and all other knick-knacks in between. The bag is a big hit among celebrities, and its popularity will not wane in a long time.
- Dior Lady Dior.
This bag from the house of Dior was designed for Lady Diana, the Princess of Wales on her visit to Paris in 1995. It was also named after her, and she was photographed on numerous occasions with the bag before her untimely demise.
It is available in a variety of colors along with the originals. Every few years, the brand also comes up with limited edition pieces. These limited-edition bags are said to be even more valuable than the originals.
Every year the price of a new Lady Dior keeps increasing. Its value has increased by 14%, which is the same percent as the Hermès Birkin and is a testament to its iconic status.
- Louis Vuitton Speedy.
It is said that Audrey Hepburn asked for a smaller bag to carry her things. Earlier Luis Vuitton made larger bags, and it wasn’t very convenient unless it is a suitcase you were after.
The Speedy is made of canvas and has a waterproof property. It is monogrammed, just like all the LV bags. Initially, it had a checkered design, but the amount of duplication was so huge that the brand introduced the monogram design. Check this guide out on LV bags.
If you are lucky enough to have one of these bags in your possession, take good care of it.