Every major couturier / designer from the 1920s has created handbag classics to go with their outfits. Handbags have been inspired by real women—notably Grace Kelly, the Kelly bag and the Hermès Birkin Bag named after the actress Jane Birkin.
The Birkin Bag looks similar to the Kelly Bag but is larger. The Birkin Bag is the most coveted bag and it is the iconic symbol of fashion, luxury and wealth. Recently a crocodile Hermès Birkin Bag with diamonds sold at auction for $222,000.00.
The Kelly bag is a trapezium closed with two straps. Four studs on the bottom, made of three layers of leather, enable it to stand on the ground. It is sold in eight sizes. The padlock, keys and hardware are made of white or yellow gold.The construction of each Kelly bag requires 18 to 25 hours by a single artisan.
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The Chanel classic handbag is the double flap, double strap bag and is only available in black or beige. It comes in 2 sizes and can cost $4900. – $5500.*
Bottega Veneta’s classic bag is a hobo style hand-finished in woven leather trim. It is available in numerous colors and comes in 3 sizes: medium (small) $1870.00*, large (medium) $2850.00* and maxi (large) $2850.00*
Prada’s classic bag is the Galleria a structured tote with 2 handles and 2 zippers. It comes in 7 sizes and numerous colors. Prices are $1000.00 – $2600.00.*
Gucci claims a number of classic styles in a wide range of shapes: the Jackie with Tassles, Bamboo Shopper’s Bag, Lady Luck and the
Stirrup Bag. Their bags start at $1000. – $14,000.00* for exotic leathers.
The Louis Vuitton classic is the Speedy. It has simple lines and chic Monogram canvas “The perfect bag for the city.” Costs $950.00- $990.00.*
* Prices in June 2015