10 Most Desired Handbags

Luxury handbags have long been a classic sign of sophistication and wealth. They’re elevated over ordinary handbags by their combination of top quality materials and superior craftsmanship, which is why those who have the means and the taste to enjoy them choose them.

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Even among luxury handbags, however, there are those that have become favorites, with a must-have status that has fueled their popularity over the years. Ten of the most desired are:

  • Louis Vuitton Neverfull: Introduced in 2007, the Neverfull has become one of Louis Vuitton’s most successful bags. This larger tote-style bag is meant to carry all of your essentials, and it comes in three sizes: PM (small), MM (medium), and GM (large).
Legendary Neverfull from Louisvuitton.com
  • Hermés Birkin: This bag was invented from the chance meeting of singer/actress Jane Birkin and Hermés CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on an Air France flight in 1983. When she complained that she couldn’t find a bag with enough pockets, he took notes, and thus the Birkin was born. These bags are known for being both popular with celebrities and very difficult to obtain.
Birkin from Hermes.com
  • Hermés Kelly: Designed in the 1930s, this bag became popular from its association with Grace Kelly, the actress and princess of Monaco. Famously, she used the bag to conceal her growing pregnancy from the paparazzi in 1956. In 1977, the bag was officially rechristened in her name.
Kelly Bag from Hermes.com
  • Chanel 2.55: This luxury leather flap bag is the updated version of Coco Chanel’s original handbag introduced in 1929. It is called the 2.55 because of the date it was created—February 1955. The 2.55 includes many features of iconic Chanel style, such as the chain straps and quilted diamond pattern in the leather.
2.55 Handbag from Chanel.com
  • Fendi Baguette: This compact handbag, which fits neatly under the arm like a loaf of French bread, is often credited with being the first “it” bag. Sarah Jessica Parker’s character on Sex and the City carried one, bringing it wider exposure and popularity.
Baguette from Fendi.com
  • Lady Dior: Created in 1995, this classic Dior bag can be found in a variety of sizes (micro, mini/small, medium, and large) and colors. It was originally conceived as a gift to Princess Diana on her visit to Paris.
Lady Bag from Dior.com
  • Chloe Paddington: In 2005, all 8,000 of the Paddington bags produced for Chloe’s spring collection sold out before they even hit stores, turning the soft bag with its giant signature padlock into the bag to have.
Paddington Leather Bag from Nordstrom.com
  • Gucci Jackie: Originally called the Fifties Constance, this hobo-style shoulder bag was renamed after Jackie Kennedy, who made it a hit when she was seen carrying it. A new, updated version was introduced in 2009.
Gucci Jackie Bag from Vestiairecollective.com
  • Yves Saint Laurent Sac de Jour: Created in 2013, this modern carryall-type bag became instantly popular with celebrities. It comes in a variety of sizes, from nano to large, and a wealth of colors and textures to fit any style.
Sac De Jour Duffle from Ysl.com
  • Prada Saffiano: This tote gets its name from the type of leather used in its construction. The textured diagonal pattern, which is extremely resistant to scratching, is made with a machine and has a wax finish that enhances its durability.
Saffiano Bag from Neimanmarcus.com

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How to Celebrate National Handbag Day on a Budget

October 10th is National Handbag Day, and it’s no wonder that in the four short years since it was first introduced it has captured the imagination of handbag-loving women all over the country. After all, a purse is an accessory like no other—it’s an item of daily wear that serves an essential practical function as well as being a fashion statement. Even if you can’t just run out and spring for a brand-new Birkin or Baguette, though, you can still celebrate.

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However, for those of us without iron willpower, there are ways to get beautiful designer bags for less. You can check to see if there’s a sale on at your local department store or boutique, and there are a plethora of sites online that focus on designer handbags. Before you take it for granted that the advertised price is really a good deal, though, you should do a little research—it’s rare that you’re going to find a truly great deal at a retail outlet, and certain high-end brands will never be marked down in a store. If you know the value of the bag you’re considering buying ahead of time, you may be disappointed to find that a sale price isn’t much of a deal, but you won’t be taken in.

If you want to score a high-end handbag for significantly less than full price, you have to think beyond retail. The best designer handbags combine enduring style with superior construction. With good care, they can last forever. That means that previously owned and vintage handbags offer you a beautiful option for owning luxury brands without paying outrageous prices. In fact, it isn’t hard to find consignment shops and websites offering well-known designer brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and more. You may also be able to find handbags in estate sales as well. However, although both of these options are better than shopping retail, neither offer the very best deals.

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