8 handbags and the women who loved them

14 March 2016

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1. The Hermès Birkin
The muse: Jane Birkin
Jane Birkin sat next to Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on an airplane, when all her things fell out of her bag. This strange case of serendipity resulted in the birth of the Birkin bag. However, the details on why she was carrying this unpractical bag are often left out. In 2012, Jane Birkin told the London Telegraph that her husband Jacques Doillon had run over the woven basket she usually carried, two days before the flight.

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2. The Dior Lady bag 
The muse: Diana, Princess of Wales
Initially known as "Chouchou" (Favourite). The now famous bag was given the name Lady Dior two years later, as a tribute to Princess Diana. Diana fell in love with this unique accessory on a visit to Paris and her patronage resulted in a grand succes for the house of Dior.

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3. The Jackie bag
The muse: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Gucci named a bag after Jackie Kennedy. The First Lady was a big fan of Gucci's classic shoulder bag 'Fifties Constance' and wore it everywhere in the seventies. Of course she was a huge fashion icon in her time and women rushed to the boutiques to copy her style. Gucci quickly renamed the bag the ‘Jackie' as an ode.

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4. The Louis Vuitton SC bag 
The muse: Sofia Coppola 
The daughter of Hollywood royalty (Francis Ford Coppola), Sofia Coppola partnered with the then-Creative Director of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, to design a bag that was both chic and discreet. The bag was called the SC bag. 

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5. The Gucci Bardot bag
The muse: Brigitte Bardot 
Brigitte Bardot was a well known film star and style icon in the 1960’s. Gucci wanted to design a bag that was sexy yet classic like Brigitte Bardot, and that could give the modern woman a taste of old Hollywood glamour. 

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6. The Hermès Kelly 
The muse: Grace Kelly 
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. After her marriage to the crown prince of Monaco, Grace Kelly used the bag to hide her growing baby-belly. Of course paparazzi never left her side and as a result the Sac à Dépêche was seen in every major magazine,  the bag was re-named the Kelly. 

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7. The Mulberry Del Rey bag
The muse: Lana Del Rey 
In 2012 Mulberry dedicated one of their bags to the singer Lana Del Rey. Mulberry was inspired by her signature retro look. "I love the design, it's a perfect mix between old school Hollywood and contemporary style," she said. "It's an honour that such a classic and prestigious brand would name a bag after me."

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8. The Marc Jacobs Stam bag 
The muse: Jessica Stam 
The Canadian supermodel Jessica Stam, has been a favorite of designer Marc Jacobs since they first worked together in 2002. Marc Jacobs was so impressed with the model’s style and star power that he paid her the ultimate compliment by naming a bag after her.