There are two sides of fashion: one is all about what’s hot and what’s not, it is about trends and always searching for the next best thing. The other side of fashion is the one that can steal your heart. That side is about creating memorable, outstanding and timeless pieces, whose value and popularity simply never fade.

Today we are going to browse through some of the most famous bags, which changed the face of fashion for good. Some of them were first made at the beginning of the last century, while others are fairly new, but they are here to stay.

Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Chanel, Hermès and Fendi are fashion houses with iconic status and rich, famous history. They have stood the test of time, because they were not creating just clothing items and accessories; they were creating a lifestyle.

If some of their bags could talk, we would listen to them for hours, because their journey was that magnificent and exciting. Here are our top five, plus some honorable mentions, so every fashion lover can remind themselves what made them fall in love with these IT bags.

Louis Vuitton Speedy

Louis Vuitton Speedy Handbags Collection

Believe it or not, this bag was originally made for carrying champagne bottles back in the 30’s. The iconic Louis Vuitton monogrammed bag was Audrey Hepburn’s favorite but if you are not a fan of bags with companies’ logos, Speedy comes in numerous prints, fabrics, from roses and pandas to graffiti inspired.

It also comes in various sizes, so with all that diversity, no wonder women all over the world love this bag. Even though the original Speedy was modernized, the quality has stayed the same, so it is safe to say that this bag is indestructible. Although Princess Grace of Monaco was a Hermès fan, she enjoyed caring the original Speedy from time to time. If it was good enough for Audrey and Grace, who are we to argue?

Hermes Birkin Bag

Hermes Birkin Bags Collection

Birkin bag’s story is quite simple. Jane Birkin, model, actress, musician and long term girlfriend of Serge Gainsbourg, one of the biggest artists of our time, was traveling from Paris to her hometown, London. During that trip she was complaining about her basket to the man next to her, who was chief executive of Hermès, Jean-Louis Dumas, which Jane didn’t know. She wanted a simple, leather bag, spacey and plain, but that would fit her style. After a while, Hermès created one especially for Jane Birkin and in a blink of an eye, this accidental bag became a must have. This bag was so popular that at one point there was a six year long waiting list!

Today, Victoria Beckham is probably the biggest fan of this bag, since she apparently has one in every color ever made, while other celebrities, like Kim Kardashian, Olivia Palermo, Rachel Zoe, Eva Longoria, to name a few, wear this bag proudly, both during lazy days and formal night events.

Marc Jacobs StamMarc Jacobs Stam Hanbags Collection

Canadian beauty, Jessica Stam, described as a “doll face with the most mesmerizing eyes ever”, got a bag named after her when she was still a teenager. This bag is very easy to wear, because it has a certain dosage of sweetness and vintage feeling to it. Stam bag was first spotted at Marc Jacob’s runway show back in fall 2005.

Even though some fashion experts didn’t think it would last, the bag is still a must have among women who love fashion. It comes in various, vibrant colors and sizes and the Chanel vibe, which this bag has, certainly helped with its popularity. Marc Jacobs, the main creative designer for Louis Vuitton, knows how to create long lasting fashion pieces, so we will talk more about his creativity and passion for fashion in the near future.

Yves Saint Laurent Roady Bag

Yves Saint Laurent Roady Bag Collectiion

Roady bag is a big, hobo bag that can carry everything you need and much more. It was created by former creative director, Stefano Pilati and it instantly became a hit among celebrities, like Angelina Jolie, Kylie Minogue, Blake Lively, Mary-Kate Olsen, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Sofia Vergara.

Once again, the key to its success is in simplicity and diversity. Roady was first seen on the runway for Yves Saint Laurent fall/winter show for 2009-2010 season. It is made of precious skins, like ostrich, crocodile and lizard and you can personalize it with a wide selection of handles or even have it monogrammed.

If you are ready to invest in a plain but high quality bag, check out other Yves Saint Laurent bags, like Easy or Muse.

Mulberry Alexa Bag

Mulberry Alexa Handbags Collection

Even though it looks like French fashion houses dominate the world of iconic bags, British Mulberry surprised the fashion world only two years ago when Alexa bag came out. Inspired by Alexa Chung, this bag reflects her effortless, low key style.

According to the story, creative director of Mulberry saw a picture of Alexa carrying a vintage men’s Mulberry briefcase, which belonged to her father. As a result, Mulberry made the trade mark bag and British fashion icon, TV presenter, model and columnist, became a face of fashion history.

Mulberry launched a variety of spin-offs in colors and styles, guaranteed to satisfy fans of the original Alexa bag, which include Olivia Palermo and Leighton Meester.

Gucci Jackie O, 2.55, Fendi Baguette and Many More

gucci jackie o 2.55 collection

Balenciaga City and Chanel 2.55 were already discussed, so that is the only reason they are not included on today’s list. Chloe Paddington was born in 2005 and gave boho queens, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller a unique and prestigious bag that matched their outfits perfectly.

fendi baguette handbags collection

Fendi Baguette handbag was designed to be carried under the arm like a French loaf and it became popular thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker’s Sex and The City character, Carrie Bradshaw.

Named after the famed actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, The Hermès Kelly Bag is a classic, timeless handbag, elegant and appropriate for every occasion.

Lady Diana’s favorite was Christian Dior’s Lady Dior bag, which symbolizes prestige and class to this day. We didn’t forget Gucci or Burberry, so keep reading your favorite online magazine because we will continue presenting absolute classics from fashion planet.

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