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Considered the “It” bag of the century, the Chanel Flap combines innovative design with luxury, history and sophistication.
The Flap is an evergreen piece with the ability to dress up any outfit. Available in a range of colors and sizes, the bag has often been credited with inspiring a string of other purses by competing designers.
The classic piece was conceptualized by Coco Chanel in the 1920s after discovering that she needed a bag that would allow her to keep her arms free.
The Flap’s thin straps were supposedly inspired by the straps found on soldiers knapsacks at the time.
While the original Chanel Flap had been introduced to the market in 1929, Coco Chanel reissued a new and improved design during her comeback period in the 1950s.
Dubbed the “2.55,” the new Flap was named after the date it was reborn: February, 1955.
A key feature of the bag is the zippered pocket on the inside of the flap where Chanel supposedly stowed her secret love letters.
The quilted leather exterior, which is meticulously stitched, gives the bag its plump shape and volume.
Since the 1980s, the Flap has become available with the iconic double C lock as well as the Mademoiselle Lock which was present on the original.
With the Chanel Flap starting at $2,000, it remains a coveted designer piece and one that holds a special place in the history of high-end women’s fashion.
Simple, elegant and a quintessential symbol of luxury travel; the Speedy remains a fashion favorite more than eighty years after its debut.
After moving to Paris in 1834, Louis Vuitton began creating travelling trunks for wealthy residents of the city. The success of this endeavour led to the foundation of the Louis Vuitton fashion house in 1854.
The Speedy joined the ranks of Vuitton’s prestigious creations in the early 1930s, shortly after the release of the Keepall and Noé designs.
Known for its versatility, the Speedy glides across demographics and has as much appeal for the young as it does for those with a more mature fashion style.
Lady Gaga, Jessica Simpson and Angelina Jolie have all been spotted with a Speedy in hand.
Audrey Hepburn was often seen as the unofficial face of the Speedy in the 1960s, with photographs of her clutching the legendary bag helping to make the brand popular.
Speedy sizes range from petite all the way through to large. Starting at around $650, the Speedy is one of the more affordable designs on the luxury market.
It is also considered to be especially durable, with its tough canvas exterior and Vachetta leather handles made for long-lasting use.
While the Monogram and Damier Canvas patterns are most often associated with the Speedy bag, Louis Vuitton is always coming up with new styles for those not particularly fond of logo prints.
Interestingly enough, Louis Vuitton introduced the Damier Canvas pattern to combat the imitation of his designs in the late nineteenth-century.
The Speedy is a testament to the practical roots of Louis Vuitton design, while also managing to embody an eternal elegance. It’s no wonder the bag has been around for so long.
Perhaps one of the most sought after bags of all time, up until recently getting your hands on a Birkin could take almost five years.
The bag was named after English actress Jane Birkin and designed in 1984 by Jean-Louis Dumas, the late Chief Executive of Hermès.
As the story goes, Birkin was seated next to Dumas on a flight to London when the contents of the straw bag she was carrying spilled out. After helping Birkin collect her things, Dumas decided to make her a sturdy weekend bag that would better fit her needs.
Originally crafted with black leather and modeled off a late nineteenth-century Haut à Courroies style that Hermès had initially designed to carry a saddle; the bag has gone on to be fashioned in an array of different colors and fabrics, including crocodile, lizard and ostrich skin.
The Birkin is extremely customizable which is reflected in its price range. While prices typically start at around $6,000, a made to order Birkin can easily reach figures of $100,000 or $140,000.
The bag was notorious for its long waiting lists, which Hermès attributed to the time it took to for each piece to be handmade by talented French craftsmen.
Not surprisingly, the Birkin quickly became an exclusive status symbol for those lucky enough to get a hold of one.
Celebrities from Katie Holmes to Lindsey Lohan have all been proud owners of the Birkin. Victoria Beckham is rumored to have a collection of over 100 Birkin bags valued at over 1.5 million pounds.
In 2010, Hermès abolished the waiting list for the Birkin bag and now offers it simply on a first come, first served basis for those that want to purchase it.
Despite this newfound availability, luxury lovers continue to vie for the opportunity to own one of these elite Hermès classics.
Considered a truly timeless piece, the Kelly bag’s smartly tailored design has been a fashion icon for decades.
The Kelly bag takes its name from Hollywood glamour girl Grace Kelly, who later abandoned her acting career to marry Prince Rainer III and become the Princess of Monaco.
Designed in the 1930s by Robert Dumas-Hermès, it was originally known as the Sac à dépêches.
The bag wasn’t actually a hit until Grace Kelly made it popular in the 1950s after being constantly photographed with one in hand.
Rumor has it that Kelly used the bag to hide her baby bump from paparazzi while pregnant with her first child in 1956.
After that, the bag became a consistent favorite among celebrities and luxury connoisseurs who were willing to join long waiting lists to get a hold of one of these pieces.
Leather, crocodile and ostrich skin are typically used for the exterior of the Kelly bag, with each bag created from a single uncut hide.
Due to the amount of skill and work involved, it usually takes a talented craftsman around 18 hours to complete one bag.
The Kelly, along with the classic Hermès Birkin, are often seen as two of the most distinguished designer bags of all time.
Named after the Place de l'Alma, an elegant square at the end of Avenue Montaigne in Paris, the Alma’s alluring shape has ensured it a lasting place in fashion history.
The Alma bag was designed by Gaston-Louis Vuitton in the 1930s and originally launched as the “Squire Bag.” It soon became the “Champs-Elysées” before Vuitton finally settled on the Alma.
The bag’s gallant structural lines were inspired by the Art Deco movement of the time. Almost a century on and the Alma’s chic curves are still in high demand.
The Alma is second only to the Speedy when it comes to Louis Vuitton’s most recognisable designs. And like the Speedy, the Alma is constantly being reinvented.
Currently, the classic bag can be found in a variety of styles ranging from candy pink vinyl to the more muted black Epi leather.
Instead of the traditional canvas prints, many of these new styles feature the LV initials stamped discreetly into the bag’s exterior.
Of course, the brand’s Damier and Monogram Canvas prints continue to remain a stock favourite among the Alma range.
In true Louis Vuitton fashion, this capacious bag was designed with functionality in mind.
Made of supple leather or canvas, the Alma opens wide with a full double zipper and two interior slip pockets. The bag’s classic look is enhanced by golden brass pieces and honey microfiber lining.
While its spacious design allows the Alma to function perfectly as a work bag, its stylish shape makes it a natural evening bag as well.