An "It-Bag" is a designer handbag that is deemed the "must-have" item of the moment as a result of a combination of celebrity usage, clever marketing techniques, superior quality and their ability to represent the mood of the season. They are generally produced in limited edition quantities.
These are the 10 "It" bags of seasons past and present, that the fashion insiders feel every handbag enthusiast should own, or at least know about.
E&TC ~ I would rather spend my $$$ on travel or jewelry than "it" bags. Of course presents from your Hayati are always welcomed. ;P
The Hermès Birkin bag is named after the iconic actress Jane Birkin, who once had a highly public relationship with influential french singer, Serge Gainsbourg, to whom she bore a child (Charlotte Gainsbourg). The 'Birkin' is the symbol of ultimate luxury, due in part to its exposure on popular television shows such as 'Sex and the City'. An authentic 'Birkin' costs upwards of $9,000 and can have a waiting time of up to 2 years. Finally Hermes is coming to Kuwait at the Al-Hamra tower! Kuwaiti women can afford them so I hope they do not have a ridiculous waiting list.
Link - How to buy a Birkin Bag Exposed!
The starting cost of an Hermes Birkin Bag is roughly $9,000 for a 25cm in leather and can go as high as $120,000 for a 40cm Croc with the palladium hardware emblazoned in diamonds.
E&TC ~ Victoria Beckham has a ridiculous collection of Birkin Bags. Another famous without talent nobody that has them: Kim Kardashian. If I was Hermes I wouldn't want them to represent. Just sayin'!
Kate Moss with her classic Chanel
2. Chanel 2.55 <3
This little classic will always be "in". It was born in 1955 (hence the name 2.55) after Coco Chanel decided she wanted a shoulder bag to free up her hands and is inspired py the quilting on Jockeys coats. Karl Lagerfeld released a second, updated version in 2006.
E&TC ~ This is my designer bag of choice (my favorite and I own several) because it's elegant, timeless and I wanted one for as long as I can remember. This lovely lady will run you around $5,200 and there is frequently a waiting list. (Especially for the gold hardware which is classic Chanel.) The prices keeping going up! 20% every 6 months!
I prefer it in black caviar with silver hardware to stand the test of time and match most of my white gold jewelry. Silver hardware is also youthful, less common in the Middle East and perfect for any occasion. My second classic is in gold hardware and just gorgeous! I pair my classic Chanel bags with modern Chanel wallets to mix it up a bit.
Jenny McCarthy with her Chloe Paddington
3. Chloe Paddington
The Chloe Paddington was created by designer Phoebe Philo in 2005 and is considered to be the quintessential 'Boho-Chic' bag because of it's slouchy, unstructured shape and exposure by stars such as Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, who are known for their bohemian sense of style. A leather Paddington typically costs around $2,600.
Amanda Bynes looks cute with her Balenciaga
4. Balenciaga 'City' Motorcycle
Balenciaga's line of motorcycle-inspired handbags are created out of distressed goat leather, which is what gives them their unique, relaxed shape. The 'City' bag in particular, caused quite a stir after becoming the official handbag of choice for notorious fashionistas like Mary-Kate Olsen. The Balenciaga 'City' bag is not available online and retails for about $1,420. (I like this in black and pink. :)
Me Likey! Sarah Jessica Parker looks adoreable with her Novak
5. Alexander McQueen Novak
The Alexander McQueen Novak represents the structured shapes of Fall 2005 and was inspired by Kim Novak, a vintage-era starlet who appeared in Alfred Hitchcock films. It's original run consisted of a mere 200 bags, which caused mass hysteria among handbag lovers everywhere and elevated the bag into permanent "It" status. Current cost is $2,195 and up. (Love it in pink on SJP!)
Hillary Duff with her Stam
6. Marc Jacobs Stam
The Marc Jacobs 'Stam' is named after the designers close friend, Canadian Supermodel, Jessica Stam. The bag features quilting and gold hardware similar to that of classic quilted Chanel bags, but differentiates itself with it's relaxed look, gusseted frame and kiss-lock closure. Practically everyone in Hollywood has one and it retails online for around $1,900. (I don't like the copycat Chanel.)
Ashley Simpson and her Spy
7. Fendi Spy
The Fendi S/S 06 'Spy' Bag is priced starting at $2,800 and is a favorite of style stars like Hilary Duff and Linda Evangelista. It's notorious status is caused partly by it's enormous waiting list, which can last up to 3 years. (Not my style and you can't find jack &*%#! inside.)
KK & KK with her Muse
8. YSL Muse
The Yves Saint Laurent muse is a status bag of the highest quality. Crafted out of the finest embossed leather, this oversize structured tote features expertly minimalist gold hardware and is often carried by celebrities such as Katie Holmes, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss and Jessica Alba. They are often sold out and are priced starting around $1,800. (Okay but nothing I would kill for... ;)
Jessica Simpson and her Gauffre
9. Prada Gauffre
One of the latest "It-bags" to hit the market is the Fall/Winter 06/07 Prada Gauffre. Victoria Beckham, Halle Berry, Beyonce and Madonna have all been photographed with theirs. It is made of Nappa leather and retails for $1,800-2,650. (Yucky! Can I have my $$$ back please?)
Ashley Olsen and her Speedy
10. Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 30
The Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 30 is more of a mainstay classic than a trend, but that doesn't stop it from maintaining "must-have" status all year round! Jessica Simpson carries hers practically every day. It is the ideal city bag, featuring a roomy interior with natural cowhide exterior and golden hardware. Price: $820. (LOL, her look is for Grandma only!)
Note: I am not a fashion blogger. I do not want to follow every trend from Hollywood or the runway shows because it's just not my style or affordable. Travel is my passion and I would recommend all girls my age save their money to see the world. However, receiving expensive bags as gifts from people you love and cherish is quite nice. ;) My bag collection (thanks to my Kuwaiti sweetheart) is the envy of all my friends. ;P E&TC
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