Are you ready to make your first designer handbag purchase? Or are you a seasoned designer purse buyer? In any case, it is important to distinguish the difference between trend and classic pieces. With trendy luxury bags, it might look outdated after a few seasons. On the other hand, classic handbags stand the test of time and they are always fashion relevant. This hub lists the most classic designer bags that you can invest in.
Louis Vuitton Speedy
Upon Audrey Hepburn's request, Louis Vuitton created the Speedy. Ever since its introduction, it has been a part of this legendary fashion house. Few years ago, Louis Vuitton added the shoulder strap to modernize the Speedy. You also have a ton of options for this purse. Louis Vuitton offers the Speedy in the classic monogram, Ebene, Azur and different types of leather. Depending on your needs, you can go for the smaller Speedy or opt for the larger ones. Louis Vuitton also periodically releases limited editions of the Speedy in different prints. Louis Vuitton will never discontinue this purse because it is considered a classic handbag in their lineup. It will always looks amazing and relevant in the fashion world.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull
The Neverfull has been around for over a decade, women love this tote bag and it is now a classic tote in the fashion world. Many consider this bag an entry level purchase, it is very practical that fits the kitchen sink and more. When it was first introduced in 2007, its price point was not very high. Nowadays, the price is no longer easily assessible for most. On the brighter side, it's still one of the most affordable handbags from Louis Vuitton. The price of the Neverfull is similar to the Speedy. Go for the Neverfull if you want a tote that never goes out of style!
Hermès Birkin and Kelly
The Hermès Birkin and Kelly are true classic handbags made by the legendary fashion house. Birkin and Kelly purses were named after French actress Jane Birkin and princess Grace Kelly, respectively. Both bags are so popular that you cannot just walk into the Hermès boutique and buy them. Nevertheless, these two purses are holy grail purses for most fashion loving women. Not only will these two handbags never go out of style, their monetary values will not decrease either. Can't decide between the two? The Kelly is more formal while the Birkin is great for causal occasions.
Chanel Classic Flap Bag
The Chanel Classic Flap bag needs no introduction. If you are just a little bit into fashion, you know what it looks like. The quilted leather bag by Chanel is a true classic designed by Coco Chanel herself. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, the Chanel Class Flap is no longer accessible to most women. With a very hefty price tag, it is now only cheaper compared to Hermès bags. If you want to buy one, get one soon because the price for this bag will only increase with time. Go with the gold hardware for the quintessential Chanel look. Pick the silver hardware for a more causal modern look. What if you want the Chanel Classic Flap but really can't justify its high price tag? Go to the pre-loved market and score a used Classic Flap bag for a more reasonable price. Here is a hint, buy a Classic Flap made before 2008! Why? Chanel used to use real 24 karat gold plating for its logo on Chanel Classic Flaps made before 2008.
The Lady Dior bag is a symbol of timeless elegance. Adorned by the late princess Diana, this handbag is signature Dior. With versatility in mind, the new Lady Dior bag added a shoulder strap. In addition to being a handheld bag, this purse can now give you the hands free experience. With a wide variety of colors, you can pick a Lady Dior for business and play. The Lady Dior is more on the expensive side due to its rich history and association with princess Diana. Recently, Dior has been increasing the price of the this purse even more and elevating it into classic status.
The Givenchy Antigona is one of the most popular bags from the luxury fashion house of Givenchy. Minimalist design combined with shiny box leather, the Antigona is an understated workhorse in one's closest. Unlike supper mini bags, even the smallest Antigona can fit the daily essentials with ease. The black polished leather version is the best for powerful female executives. On the other hand, go for the beige for a more causal everyday look. Unlike most bags on this list, the Givenchy Antigona is "affordable" for a designer bag.
Prada Re-Edition Nylon Bag
Louis Vuitton is known for its canvas. Hermès is know for its leather. Prada is famous for its nylon bags. First released in the 2000s, Prada is now bring back the iconic re-edition nylon bags in different colors. The nylon material is very durable and perfect for everyday use. With the signature inverted triangle Prada logo, the re-edition bag is a true classic in the fashion house of Prada. This small purse is for a fashion loving woman that wants to go for the understated causal luxury look. Who says causal is not fashionable? With the Prada nylon bag, you will never have to worry about wear and tear. It can really stand up to the element and daily use.
Loewe is a Spanish luxury retailer that is known for supple leather and fine craftsmanship. Under the leadership of J.W. Anderson, Loewe's handbags are all very understated with no visible logo. The Puzzle bag is so popular that it is now the signature Loewe purse. Large Puzzle bags are good for everyday. The Puzzle bag in the nano size with metal shoulder strap is so cute for play. This leather purse truly combines high functionality and beautiful looks through various sizes. Best of all, the Loewe Puzzle bag is not very expensive in the pre-loved market. If you want to score this Loewe classic and save money, go look for one at a trusted luxury consignment store.
Marni is a relatively unknown handbag brand. However, it is popular in Europe and Asia. Established in Italy, the Marni brand was founded in 1994 (quite young in the luxury bag sector). The Trunk bag is the most popular model in the Italian fashion house. This purse comes in two sizes. The large fits your kitchen sink and more. The smaller Trunk bag is more compact and fits the daily essentials. Whichever you pick, you have the option of different colors and many compartments inside to keep yourself organized. This understated classic designer purse is so minimalistic that it will never go out of style.
Fendi revamped their Baguette bags! First popularized by the iconic show, Sex and the City, the Fendi Baguette is a small bag that can be carried by the top handle or with the crossbody strap. We often associate this bag with the famous TV character, Carrie Bradshaw. This classic purse made its comeback in 2019 with Fendi releasing it again in their boutiques.
britney1983 on November 08, 2012:
Funny, that every brand have their own classic collection that are timeless, I belief no bag can tip: Chanel jumbo flap - http://bragmybag.com/chanel-classic-jumbo-flap-bag...
This bag is just amazing, give me a Chanel jumbo black with silver chain please =D