Five iconic designer bags that are here to stay

by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino
Apr 4, 2017
These designer bags have became timeless stylish staples.

Like the people who carry them, these special bags have a repeat audience.

Here's a mix of iconic styles that have made cameos in new collections and recent favorites that are predicted to become mainstays.

Chanel 2.55

Three things give Chanel visual recall: the overlapping C's, tweed, and the quilted surface of Chanel 2.55.

This bag has influenced a lot of copies, but has never wavered in the price department.

A rare edition is an auction piece that fetches more than what the owner got it for.

Famous details: Coco Chanel fashioned 2.55 to be a more functional clutch.

She added a strap that is whispered to be linked to her childhood, which had horses in harnesses and nuns in belts.

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Hermes Birkin

This classic Hermes had a serendipitous start.

Actress Jane Birkin and Jean-Louis Dumas of Hermes were seatmates on a plane. During the flight, Birkin talked about how some bags don't have enough pockets.

Dumas suggested the design of a new one—what would become the spacious Birkin.

Famous details: The bag has a front flap similar to a letter envelope and a tiny padlock that ties two leather strips together.

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Balenciaga Motorcycle

This Balenciaga model is like a reincarnation of the motorcycle jacket. The appeal is lived-in luxury in the form of wrinkled leather and exposed hardware.

Famous details: The front is marked by a tassel zipper, a short horizontal pocket, and dots in either gold and silver.

Louis Vuitton Speedy

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The Speedy has had many makeovers over the years, from translucent to phyton versions.

The original one was designed in 1930 to be a smaller Keepall, Louis Vuitton's weekend bag.

Famous details: The Speedy has the cubic shape of a doctor's bag. Its surface has the Louis Vuitton monogram.

Lady Dior

The Lady Dior bag first came out as "Chouchou" (which means favorite), and was renamed after Princess Diana, who carried the bag everywhere.

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Naturally, the bag had a big moment, having been photographed on the arm of the most idolized woman of the '90s.

Famous details: Embossed leather and geometric striations are standout features. Today's versions may be personalized with various charms.

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This story originally appeared on TOWNANDCOUNTRY.PH.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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