The It-bag, or an iconic, classic handbag has never gone out of style. Purchasing of one these beloved designs is a true investment and will stand the test of time. we've picked our favorite iconic designs from fashion history, from the life work of Gabrielle Chanel to the unexpected Saffiano tote.
1. Chanel 2.55
In February 1955 the iconic bag was born. Coco Chanel's clientele was initially quite skeptical about this new rebellious design, as bags during that time never came with straps. This revolutionary idea made sure the 2.55 was ready for the future. Nowadays the 2.55 or its reinterpretation, the Classic Flap, is more loved than ever. Its iconic features scream Chanel, from the quilted leather to the leather interwoven hardware. The classic Chanel bag is that piece that hold onto for generation after generation.
2. Hermès Birkin
The Birkin was ofcourse named after the icon of parisian effortlessness: Jane Birkin. The Birkin was especially made for her after she was seated to Hermès executive Jean-Louis Dumas on an airplane, and told him she was having trouble finding a good leather weekend bag. The Birkin was based on a previous Hermès design from 1892 and is nowadays available in broad range of materials and colors, including calf skin, ostrich, lizard and crocodile. It's silhouette is classic yet understated, as it comes with a good dose of nonchalance, especially if you compare it to its more rigid sister: the Kelly. While the Kelly is the epitome of ladylike in a bag, the Birkin has a more modern feel which will never look outdated.
3. Lady Dior
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 recognisable and had a strong identity. The Lady Dior design was inspired by couture and was first manufactured in 1994. It was an elegant design, unlike any other at the time. Easily carried in the or the arm and with a modern square shape. 22 years after its birth the Lady Dior is as loved as ever. The boxy shape and the Cannage stitching give this Dior icon a contemporary look, a truly everlasting piece that will always feels current.
4. Céline Classic Box bag
When we think of a Céline bag that is effortlessly chic and elegant, we automatically think of the Classic Box bag. The bag, whether it's new or vintage, makes for aserious style statement. After Phoebe Philo got assigned as the creative director of Céline she succesfully reintroduced many of Celine’s classical designs, one of the most popular being the Box bag. She got rid of the horse and carriage logo and made the bag plain and clean. By streamlining this classic Céline bag, the beloved 'Box' feels fresh again and will be your go-to piece whatever the trends.
5. Prada Saffiano
The Saffiano Lux tote has always been a Prada icon, and seem to be here to stay. Their Saffiano bag is named after the typical treated leather of the fashion house, patented by Mr. Prada himself. This signature material from Prada will make sure the bag will hold its shape for years to come. Top this with straight lines and clean edges and you have the perfect example of an ageless bag.