Top 10 Designer Ladies Handbags

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The importance of good ladies handbags cannot be overestimated. Beside their utilitarian value as a practical means to carry one’s essential items, handbags are a symbol of status and an expression of individual taste and personality. Though there is always a plethora of handbag options, presented here are ten handbags so well-designed that they have withstood the test of time and retained their popularity.

The Classic Chanel 2.55 Handbag

Chanel 2.55 Bag

The Classic Chanel 2.55 Handbag takes its name from its February 1955 release. The bag was re-released in 2005 by Carl Lagerfeld and comes in several sizes. Crafted of leather quilted in a diamond pattern, with front flap closure and double-chain strap, the original 2.55 and 2.55 Reissue handbags feature a front twist lock, called a “mademoiselle.”

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The Hermes Birkin Handbag

Hermes Crocodile Birkin Bag

The Hermes Birkin Handbag was originally designed in the 1980’s for the British actress and singer, Jane Birkin. The Hermes Birkin Handbag is still a very in-demand bag, with customers often waiting months or years to receive their custom-made handbags. No need to rush out to buy one as the waiting list has currently closed because it is so long.

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The Louis Vuitton Speedy Handbag











A staple of ladies handbag fashion since its debut in the 1930’s, the Louis Vuitton Speedy Handbag is probably the bag most people think of when Louis Vuitton handbags are mentioned. Its has been a go-to bag for over 50 years. The darling of American cinema, Audrey Hepburn, was photographed carrying one of these leather signature LV bags. These bags range in size, from the Speedy 25 to the Speedy 40, and price depending on which size you choose.

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The Tods D-Bag







Tods has long been known for their leather goods and this is at the top of their best sellers list. The late Princess Diana was fond of her Tods D-Bag, regularly appearing with the clean-lined leather tote in hand. After her death, the company renamed this elegant bag in her honour. Newer versions of the Tods D-Bag have a more relaxed profile.

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The Lady Dior Bag









This black, quilted patent leather bag is the definition of elegance. Together, Madam Chirac of France and Princess Diana made the Lady Dior Bag famous. The design was launched in the mid- 1990’s, and subsequently purchased by the wife of the French president. Madam Chirac then gifted Princess Diana with the bag, which was renamed Lady Dior. Constructed of quilted lambskin with a “Cannage” stitch pattern, the Lady Dior Bag is a fashion icon. It also comes in white patent leather for warmer weather.

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The Fendi Baguette Handbag








Launched in 1997, the Fendi Baguette Handbag has been credited with sparking the “it bag” trend. Dubbed “Le Baguette,” more for its all-around versatility than for any resemblance to a French loaf, this purse has become a modern classic. It has long-since been a favourite among women since its inception when Silvia Venturini Fendi imagined a bag that could be carried under the arm. Designed to function as a shoulder bag or clutch, the Baguette comes in many colours and patterns. Thanks to the likes of “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw it’s become an international sensation.

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The Gucci Indy Bag










The Gucci Indy Bag has been offered in several iterations since its 2007 debut. Recognizable for its long leather tassels, curvaceous shape, and the plates that adorn the bag’s corners, this bag is well-regarded amongst the Hollywood A-list crowd. Its top handle, inspired by the steering wheel of a luxury sports-car, is another key feature of the bag. When it was launched, it was termed the “must-have season accessory”.

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The Chloé Paddington Handbag










The Chloé Paddington Handbag was an instant success, selling out completely before ever reaching boutique shelves. With its slouchy leather build and charming padlock, complete with a diary-style key, it is not difficult to see why it garnered so much attention. Several years after its introduction, this bag continues to be a sought-after accessory. This bag has been duplicated so many times that a count cannot be kept. It is one of the best selling bags in the world. Some say it is because of its lower price tag while others say it is because of the bags practical design.

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The Alexander McQueen Novak Handbag











When this bag was released in the Autumn of 2005, it was released in such limited supply that it made this bag the must-have for the season. It has remained popular since. Reportedly inspired by the American actress Kim Novak, whose most notable role was in the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo, the Alexander McQueen Novak Handbag is a truly interesting style. At launch it was available in leather, crocodile, or canvas/crocodile. Soon, complex woven or appliquéd patterns joined the initial design, making for a very unique collection of handbags.

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The YSL Muse Handbag











This bag must make its way into the glamorous woman’s wardrobe. The YSL Muse Handbag is a structured and oversized tote, featuring clean lines and understated embossed leather. Sparse gold accents and a small, cylindrical front lock add to the sophisticated charm of the bag. Yves Saint Laurent created a classic look with this bag that remains a “must-have”. With it’s unique classic design, as well as its large colour selection, it means you cannot go wrong with this bag.

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2 Responses to “Top 10 Designer Ladies Handbags”

  1. John Kim
    22. Aug, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    I bet these bags are really pricey

  2. Hannah from Maxwell Scott Bags
    13. Sep, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    Nice list of classic bags! You’ve definetely included the big names. Notice how these are all classics as they are relatively simple designs in block colours! When investing in a bag classic is always best! Remember quality is also of paramount importance.

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