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Iconic Women’s Bags of All Time

Handbags are no longer just a fashion accessory or something to store your belongings when going out – they have become a symbol of power, style, and class. The most powerful women of the world have given them new life and new meaning thus making the bags iconic. However, what makes them iconic is not only the bag itself or its brand, but also the woman carrying it.

By any chance, do you own any of the world’s most iconic “It” bags?

First on the list is the Louis Vuitton ‘Speedy’. This Louis Vuitton bag was made for the iconic movie star Audrey Hepburn. As soon as she was seen carrying this bag, its demand went through the roof. Until now, the ‘Speedy’ is still carried today by “It” girls, celebrities, and regular women alike.

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Speedy Bandouliere

One of the most wonderful innovations by Mademoiselle Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel is the handbag she made in 1955 called Chanel 2.55. Inspired by the straps found on soldiers’ bags she added thin straps to her former designs thus the 2.55 is created. The Chanel ‘2.55’ is still one of the brand’s best-selling bag styles to this day.

Who doesn’t know the Dior ‘Lady Dior’ bag? This very famous bag is made popular by the princess loved by many, Princess Diana. Although it was just a gift to the princess, Princess Diana’s love for this bag soon caught the attention of the public who eventually wanted their own version. Dior named the bag “Lady Dior” in honor of Princess Diana.

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Even without a splashy exterior logo, this next bag on our list was able to shine due to its unique look and aesthetics. The Balenciaga ‘Motorcycle’ with its block shape, dangling tassels and well-placed stud details became instantly recognizable by the public. This bag just goes to show that even without the brand shown on the exterior, a bag can still shine.

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The Hermès ‘Birkin’ is not a stranger in the fashion world. It has made its mark due to its style and class. But did you know that this bag was born in the sky? The British actress Jane Birkin, was sitting next to Jean-Loius Dumas, the Executive Chairman of Hermès (1978-2006), and complained that she couldn’t find a bag suitable for her needs as a young mom. As a creator, he immediately sketched a supple and spacious rectangular holdall with a burnished flap and saddle stitching. Thus, the Hermes Birkin was born.

Jane Birkin Bag

The YSL ‘Muse” was first introduced in 2005. It instantly became the most popular style in the brand’s history due to much celebrity fanfare. It is an oversized carryall with sophisticated hardware, since then it has become central to every A-lister’s daily wardrobe.

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YSL Muse

Here are some fun facts you might not know! Did you know that some of the biggest designer brands were built and established by iconic women?

Chanel – founded by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in 1910 which focuses on women’s ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods, and accessories.

Miu Miu – headed by Miuccia Prada is the subsidiary brand of Prada. This is an Italian brand that creates high fashion women’s clothing and accessories.

Tory Burch – founded by Tory Burch in 2004. This fashion line encompasses ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, watches, home decor, and a fragrance and beauty collection.

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Your unique self is what makes you iconic. Be confident and flaunt your own style!