For the modern woman, a bag is not just a functional accessory. A handbag is a personal statement, a mode of self-expression, and status symbol all rolled into one. Every handbag is an expression of its owner. It conveys a signal of personal style.
That’s why a handbag, particularly a classic one, is an investment piece. Designer bags are masterpieces in creativity and craftsmanship. They can elevate any outfit, no matter the season. A timeless designer bag can last a lifetime, even becoming a valuable heirloom.
Ready to discover the most desirable designer handbags to you need in your closet? Here are 10 statement pieces you won’t regret buying, ever.
1. Fendi Baguette Bag
Originally launched in the late ‘90s, the Fendi Baguette bag defined a generation.
Considered as one of the first “It” bags, the Fendi Baguette has re-emerged in 2019, re-imagined and re-worked. Despite being produced in new colorways and styles, the Fendi Baguette bag is still one of the most recognized silhouettes in the world.
Its unique name comes from the fact that the bag is meant to be worn under the arm, just like the French food staple.
2. Prada Sidonie Bag
Continuing the ‘90s nostalgia trend is Prada’s Sidonie bag. With its gentle curves, harmonious lines, and structured design, the Sidonie is a classic in the making. In a few years’ time, there is no doubt that Prada’s Sidonie silhouette will join the likes of the Galleria, Cahier, and the Bowler.
3. Dior Saddle Bag
The most popular handbag of the 2018 season, the Dior Saddle bag has continued to be one of the most talked about accessories for 2019. Since its debut in 2000, the Saddle bag has become a defining piece for the French fashion house.
In its first iteration, Dior’s Saddle bag defined the term “ugly-chic.” While iconic, the demand for this funky, kidney-shaped bag started to dwindle a year after its original release. Interest began to pique again in 2018 when the ever-growing vintage trend propelled the Saddle bag back into the spotlight.
Since its revival, Dior has released numerous different styles, from ‘70s-inspired patchwork and beaded styles to the signature Dior logo print.
4. Celine C Bag
Hedi Slimane’s Celine C bag was first unveiled in Spring 2019. The release of the C bag solidified the appointment of Slimane as Celine’s new Artistic, Creative, and Image Director.
Its design, a boxy silhouette, is adapted from the luxury fashion house’s ‘70s archive. The C Bag gets its name from the brass “C” monogram adorning its clasp. Made with polished, quilted leather calfskin, its accordion compartment is lined with lambskin.
While Slimane’s appointment is a departure from Celine’s Philo-era designs, his creative direction for the brand is still emblematically Celine.
5. Chloe C Bag
Celine is not the only fashion house to proudly display its logo in 2019. The clash of the “C” bags pits not only strikingly similar (yet drastically different) C logo bags against each other, but also newly appointed creative directors.
Helmed by new creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi, the Chloe C bag is a new direction for the French fashion house, infusing new elements, yet still keeping true to Chloe’s heritage of luxe.
Similar to Celine’s logo bag, the Chloe bag is embossed with distinct logo hardware on the clasp. Ramsay-Levi’s elegant crossbody design comes in numerous swoon-worthy colorways and a variety of exotic skins.
There’s also a mini structured croc clutch for days requiring fewer essentials.
6. Gucci Arli Bag
Named after the French city of Arles in which it debuted, Gucci’s new Arli bag is inspired by Arles’ rich Roman history. Considered as Gucci’s next cult staple, the Arli bag comes from a ‘70s silhouette found in the house’s archives.
The bag’s retro vibe is flaunted through its blocky form and curved lines. The interlocking double-G logo and gold hardware give the bag a contemporary look. Despite its sophisticated design, the Arli bag is extremely functional.
The bag is available in two different styles and a variety of skins, making it ideal for any occasion.
7. Mulberry Millie Bag
Beautiful yet functional, Mulberry’s Millie bag is a contemporary take on the classic bucket style tote.
The latest creation for the iconic British brand, the Millie Tote features clean unlined construction with ultra-smart design. The softly structured bag offers relaxed and effortless style to any wardrobe, while the large silhouette is perfect for all of your workday essentials.
8. Chanel Side Pack Bag
Much like Apple in the early 2000s, Chanel has always been on the cutting edge of innovation. Not only did Chanel reinvent the vanity case and make the backpack cool again, the master of the 2.55 has launched a new handbag revolution with its 2-in-1 concept.
Released as part of Chanel’s spring-summer 2019 show, the Chanel Side Pack is a brand new icon, showing the world that two Chanel bags are always better than one. This elegant duet is made of quilted lambskin and kept together by two straps in chains interlaced with leather.
The Side Pack is meant to be worn in duo, like a harness across the body. Ultra modern and casually chic, these twin quilted leather flap bags has introduced a new attitude and freedom of tone to the classic wardrobe staple.
9. Givenchy GV3 Bag
Named after the fashion brand’s landmark address in Paris, the GV3 bag is Clare Waight Keller’s first aesthetic foray as Givenchy’s new artistic director. Barely a year into her appointment, Waight Keller debuted the GV3 in spring-summer 2018, and it became an immediate blockbuster hit.
A boxy shaped flap shoulder bag, the GV3 is modern and practical, coming in four different sizes, allowing it to be worn in four unique ways. The GV3 features an accordion silhouette (with the exception of the Nano size) and comes with Givenchy’s signature hardware.
As for colors, the GV3 comes in a rainbow of solids, leather-suede combinations, as well as an irreverent patchwork of bold finishes.
10. Hermès Birkin Bag
Finally, as far as investment pieces go, few are as timeless and coveted as the Hermès Birkin. Originally made for style muse Jane Birkin by Hermes chairman Jean-Louis Dumas, the Birkin bag is one of the most iconic fashion designs thanks to its exquisite craftsmanship and exclusive status.
The holy grail of handbags, the Birkin is the accessory du jour, offering timeless appeal no matter the season. Today’s extensive collection features Birkins in numerous styles, sizes, colors, and hardware.