Thursday, June 03, 2010

Legendary designer bags

There are many bags which are like I call them : Legendary! They too expensive but sophisticated and every fashionista has one.
It bags are a big temtpation for any collector and  bag lover. I like all of them but the ones here are my favourite. (Not that I would not accept the ones I left out as a gift :p )

The "Birkin" bag is a hand-built purse from Hermès. It is named after actress Jane Birkin. Products are typically more than $10,000, particularly when using exotic skin. A bag may take 48 manhours to make. They are distributed to Hermès boutiques on unpredictable schedules and limited quantities, creating scarcity and exclusivity.
The outside bag is of various leathers. One of the most expensive is saltwater crocodile skin. Bags with smaller scales cost more than those with larger scales. Typically, a bag lining is goat skin. The color matches the exterior. Hermès discontinues products without notice.
The metallic hardware (the lock, keys, buckle hardware and feet studs) is plated with gold or other non-tarnishing precious metals, such as palladium. The metal lock may be covered with leather as a custom option. Diamonds are another custom addition.
Lock keys are enclosed in a leather lanyard known as a "clochette", carried by looping through a handle. The bag is locked by closing the top flaps over buckle loops, wrapping the buckle straps, or closing the lock on the front hardware. Locks and keys are number-coded.
  • Hermès bags can be sent for a "spa treatment". For several hundred dollars the condition is restored.
  • "Shooting Star" Birkins have a stamp in the shape of a shooting star adjacent to the "Hermès, Paris Made in France" stamp; this is in gold or silver to match the hardware and embossing. Rarely, the stamp is blind or colorless, if the bag is made out of one or two of the leathers on which Hermes does not use metallic stamping. Birkins or other Hermes bags can sometimes be made by independent craftsmen for "personal use" once a year.

After her successful comeback to the fashion industry in 1954, Chanel decided to update her handbag, for the modern women. The resulting design was called 2.55 after the date of creation, February 1955.In the 1920s, Coco Chanel became tired of having to carry her handbags in her arms and decided to design a handbag that freed up her hands. Inspired by the straps found on soldiers’ bags she added thin straps and introduced the resulting design to the market in 1929.


One of the most sought-after purses of recent decades has to be the Hermès Kelly bag, a timeless handbag design, right up there with it’s sister, the Hermès Birkin. The Kelly bag, however, has enjoyed a longer life than its sibling, when it was thrust into the limelight in 1956.The Kelly bag is so named after the actress Grace Kelly, when in 1956, the then Princess of Monaco used one of her two favorite Hermès bags to shield her pregnant stomach from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. Photographs of her covering her stomach bulge with her hallowed Hermès were splashed all over the world and made it onto the cover of Life magazine!


Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag with it’s notorious monogram canvas and classic silhoette has been in style for years and years now, so once you get it, you can be sure it will look fashionable and stylish as long as you have it (which is not always the case with “it” bags of the season).

You want a big bag? You want an instantly recognisable bag? Squishy and so soft it could double as a pillow. Plus you want the option of a shoulder strap and hand straps, a few pockets, clasps, all the usual guff? Marc Jacobs has a woman's eye when it comes to knowing what girls want. Fans of his Stam bag see it as the best thing since sliced bread. Critics dismiss it as a garish, Frankenstein-esque hotch potch of just about every it-bag design detail to date, from quilted leather to dolly bag fastening. Who cares? This sexy, funky, much-copied style has enjoyed sell-out success since 2006 and boasts a huge celebrity following including Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss, Dita Von Teese and Scarlett Johansson. This is the style most women want to hire on all those handbag hire sites. Oh, and for those handbag anorak types, this was named after successful but lesser known Canadian supermodel, Jessica Stam, who needed a big bag for her portfolio.
Arguably the first real ‘it bag', the hype and furore surrounding this was it's price tag - upwards of £1,000 - and the fact it came in the handbag equivalent of a size ‘0'. Created in 1998 the idea behind the Baguette, according to it's creator, Silvia Venturini Fendi, was that each one was a mini piece of art that would jazz up any outfit. Ideal for the busy, modern, RICH, woman who couldn't rush home to change in the evenings. It proved irresistible arm candy, coming in any colour leather and fabric, including exotic skins (lizard, crocodile and mink), sometimes patchworked together and woven with gold thread and festooned with diamonds. Despite the fact it just about fits keys, lipstick and a couple of credit cards, the Baguette continues to sell out. But hey, practicality wasn't, isn't and never will be a selling point of an iconic bag. Although, interestingly enough, it's baby sister, the Croissant, failed to bleep on the fashion radar.

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