Make like Carrie Bradshaw and always keep your money where you can see it, hanging in your closet. I’ve been asked several times what the most classic bags worth investing in are, and I’ve came up with my personal top five favorites. What’s great about these handbags, is that they won’t ever go out of style, and that’s really what you want to look for when you’re paying an arm and a leg.
1. Chanel 2.55 Quilted Flap Bag
The Chanel 2.55 quilted flap bag has become the most timeless bag in history. It has been replicated over and over because it’s just that gorgeous. Even the biggest designers in the world have tried to imitate “the flap,” so you’re much better off buying the original. No, it’s not too “traditional” and no it hasn’t “saturated” the market. If anything it might just be your greatest wardrobe investment; Chanel increases its MSRPs every six months to a year by up to $500.
2. Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Clutch
I personally think that this bag is very underrated. If you’re looking for the perfect evening clutch that will never go out of fashion, and will keep coming back season after season with bigger and bolder designs of the same style, this is the one. With its beautiful and intricate detailing, it’s a statement piece that’s sure to stand the test of time. And if you bought yours before the tragic passing of the great Alexander McQueen back in 2010, then you’ve probably got yourself a family heirloom right there. Go for a versatile colour, like black or cream.
3. Lady Dior Bag
Dubbed as the “IT” bag since 1995, the Lady Dior has become the most iconic leather good in the history of the Dior House. Each one of these babies requires a minimum of eight hours to construct and the work of seven craftsmen! Being the epitome of French design, this bag was made famous when it was given to Princess Diana as a gift by France’s First Lady, Bernadette Chirac, back in 1995. And the most amazing part of this bag? The cannage pattern featured on them is inspired by the Napolean chairs used during Christian Dior’s very first fashion show back in 1947. There you go: you’ve even got your self a good conversation starter too.
4. Hermes Kelly Bag (formerly known as the Sac à dépêches)
The Kelly bag requires 18 to 25 hours of handicraft made by a single artisan. Isn’t that enough to want to buy this beautiful work of art? The metal-wear is all made of solid gold too. Back in 1954, Alfred Hitchcock allowed his costume designer to purchase Hermes accessories for his film “To Catch a Thief,” starring Grace Kelly. Apparently, she fell in love with the bag and within months, a pregnant Kelly was shielding off paparazzi with it to hide her growing bump! This picture was featured in Life Magazine and immediately became the most popular handbag in the world. It wasn’t officially renamed until 1977 though. It’s practical too - oh wait, who cares?
5. Louis Vuitton Alma Bag
For those of you who aren’t big fans of monogrammed prints like me should know that the Alma bag comes in an array of colours and skins. It was created back in 1934, and has recently been given a facelift! It was designed by Gaston-Louis Vuitton and was originally named “The Squire.” It later became known as “Champs-Élysées” before finally settling on “Alma.” If you’re looking for a bag that’s practical and will complement your entire daywear wardrobe with a touch of elegance, then this beauty is sure to do the job.