Almost every luxury brand has its own big story, its own unique style DNA and its own legendary bag.
These bags have been cited and even copied by other brands for many decades.
Each model has its own story, its own Muse.
But it always makes sense to know the original source in person, even if you basically have no intention of buying such expensive bags in the near future or ever.
Today our fashion designer teacher will tell you about the most legendary bags.
Chanel Bag 2.55
Chanel’s classic quilted chain bag is the most famous bag in the world.
In the first half of the 20th century, all women wore clutches in their hands, or reticules on the crook of their elbows.
The first chain bag was made for Coco herself. In February 1955, the model was presented to the public.
Hence the name based on the date of Chanel 2.55.
Lady Dior Bag
This is the favorite bag of Princess Diana, after which, in general, it was named. The original name of this bag is Chouchou, which means “pet”.
Create it in the best traditions of Dior luxury by designer Gianfranco Ferre.
For the first time, this bag was presented to Diana by the first lady of France, Bernadette Chirac, during her visit to England on behalf of all the French.
Hermes Kelly Bag
At first it was an ordinary high-quality bag. She became a cult when Grace Kelly was expecting a baby (1956) and went everywhere with this bag, covering herself from annoying paparazzi. One of them somehow captured both a rounded tummy and a bag… So, the bag became famous. And it was immediately renamed.
Please note that in most of the photos the bag is unzipped. This is partly justified – they say that the clasp of the bag is very tight. But over time, it became more of a trend – a specific way of carrying a Kelly bag.
Hermes Birkin Bag
In the early 80s, actress Jane Birkin flew on the same flight as Jean-Louis Dumas, owner of the Hermes brand. The actress complained that Kelly’s bag was terribly uncomfortable. Dumas got off the plane with a sketch of a new bag model by Jane.
A basic bag costs 12,000 euros, but even if you have the necessary amount, you can’t just walk into the brand’s boutique and walk out with a brand new Birkin in your hands. Previously, everyone who wanted to get their copy of the cult bag was put on a waiting list (the wait was about 5 years), but a few years ago it was liquidated …
Louis Vuitton Speedy
In 1930, the Louis Vuitton brand introduced a bag in the shape of a bag for high society travelers. The model became popular, and the brand introduced an updated version of the accessory, which was called Speedy.
Then actress Audrey Hepburn asked to release a smaller version of the bag for her so that she could use it not only when traveling, but also every day.
This moment was the birth of the now classic Speed 25.
Celine Luggage Bag
The youngest of all the it-bags is a square bag from Celine, which came to light 7-8 years ago at Fashion Weeks. Its first version appeared in 2009 in Phoebe Philo’s debut collection for the French brand. It is believed that Olsen’s sister was the first to notice the bag, and other celebrities followed them: after two fashion seasons and gigabytes of street-style chronicles from all four fashion capitals, Celine Luggage Tote ends up in the brand’s boutiques.
In 1998, designer and fashion house heiress Silvia Venturini Fendi brought a fun idea to life: a handbag that can be worn under the arm like a French baguette.
And Sarah Jessica Parker, appearing with her in the TV series Sec in the City, made the bag popular.
Gucci Bamboo Bag
Italy, 1947. The war was over, but the country’s economy was still going through dark times. Not everything was easy with the production of leather goods, either, because the state put leather on the list of “controlled goods” – that is, those that could be used for the needs of the army at any time. In order to save money, the Gucci family experimented with hemp, canvas and jute, but the most famous invention was a bag with burnt bamboo handles.
Dior Saddle Bag
The saddle bag was created in 1999 for the fashion house Dior. The author of this already legendary bag is the famous designer John Galliano. The author admitted that he found inspiration for the creation of his debut bag in a photograph by Helmut Newton, in which a model harnessed to a saddle stands on a bed in a hotel room.
For the first time, the new bag model was shown at the autumn fashion week in the Spring 2000 Ready-to-Wear collection.