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10 bags every woman should own before 40

As a true designer bag aficionado, your very first bag will always remain a special piece. But dreaming, pondering and debating about a new purchase is certainly half of the fun when it comes to bags. Which is why made up a list of the 10 designer bags we think every woman deserves. Whether you are thinking about your second designer bag, or are well on your way with your collection, browsing through this list will be fun, fun, fun!

1. Chanel 2.55

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The Classic Flap bag is without a doubt the most loved designer bag in the world. The quilted leather, exceptional quality and timeless allure, are all elements that have made the Classic Flap the object of all our desires. If you ask any fashion-loving girl what her biggest dream is in terms of future purchases, there's a big chance she'll reply with the following words: a Chanel bag.

2. Louis Vuitton Speedy

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The Speedy was designed in 1930 as a smaller interpretation of the hugely popular Keepall bag. The bag marks a turning point in the history of Louis Vuitton, as the Speedy was in fact the very first handag from the fashion house. While the Keepall was intended for the globetrotting elite, the Speedy was designed for everyday use. 

3. Céline Classic Box Bag

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Only real fashion lovers will know Phoebe Philo was not the creator of the Box bag. This popular piece was actually a re-design an old Céline bag. The Box bag has been worn on the shoulders of women since the 1970’s and we especially love the sleek design of the modern version. 

4. Balenciaga Motorcycle City

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Nicolas Ghesquière designed his  bag for the house in 2000, a first version of the Balenciaga Motorcycle City, but it was dismissed by the company as it lacked structure and was too soft. Thw bag was the opposite of all the popular bags of that time. Little did they know that those were the qualities that would make the bag so popular. 

5. Chanel Boy Bag

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It was Karl Lagerfeld who paid a tribute to the men in Coco Chanel's life, with the birth of the Chanel Boy bag. In 2011 he spoke about Coco's love for menswear: "Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy."

6. Hermès Birkin

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The Birkin is a large bag with a square shape and a sporty yet elegant appearance. Back in 1984, the design of the Birkin was a modern statement from the (until then very traditional) fashion house. Before the Birkin, the conservative and ladylike Kelly bag was one of the figureheads of the company.

7. Céline Trapeze

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The success of Céline started with the never-ending hype of the Céline Luggage bag. But the Luggage bag has been thrown of its pedestal by an even more loved bag: the Trapeze. The bag has extra wide rectangular side-wings, which gives it an iconic shape.

8. Lady Dior

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The Lady Dior is a true classic and was given its iconic status by Princess Diana. The French fashion house of Dior wanted to create a bag that was instantly recognizable and had a strong identity. The Lady Dior design was inspired by couture and was first manufactured in 1994. 

9. Louis Vuitton Neverfull

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Though it was only introduced in 2007, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull has become one of the brand's all time best-selling, most-coveted bags. Fans credit the Neverfull for its wearability, craftsmanship, sturdyness and beauty.

10. Hermès Kelly

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One of the main showpieces of Hermès is named after none other than Grace Kelly. The former Hollywood star was a huge fan of the bag, back when it was still named the Sac à Dépêche.

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