Fashion is constantly changing, but a select few handbags have stood the test of time—eventually becoming entrenched in fashion history.
Though it may be tempting to splurge on a seasonal handbag, there’s also the option to invest in a piece you’ll own forever, and be able to pass down to your children one day (or sell for a fantastic resale price).
Take, for example, the ‘Lady Dior’ bag, which was named in honour of Princess Diana, or the Celine ‘Box’ bag, which transcended its trendier counterparts to become one of the most memorable bags of the 2010s.
You could also shell out on a newer piece that’s firmly on the path to icon status—for example, Loewe’s summer-friendly straw raffia tote, or Gucci’s ‘1955’ horsebit bag.
Scroll down for the 10 most timeless handbags any fashion fanatic should consider investing in.
‘Lady Dior’ bag
Though Dior has produced their fair share of iconic accessories over the years, the ‘Lady Dior’ bag arguably takes the cake.
It’s no secret that Dior was one of Princess Diana’s favourite labels, and the ‘Lady Dior’ bag was named in her honour after she first wore it in 1995.
Almost 25 years later, and new iterations of the bag are still being released under Dior’s womenswear creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
As part of the wave of miniature shoulder bags that swept the 1990s, Fendi’s ‘Baguette’ bag (named for its shape, which resembles a thin loaf of bread) became instantly iconic when Sarah Jessica Parker wore it onSex and the City.
Nowadays, it’s as popular as ever, and comes in a variety of shapes, colours, patterns and sizes.
Gucci may only have re-released their ‘1955’ horsebit bag in 2019, but the classic shape is modelled on similar styles from the ’50 and ’60s. The bag is available with or without the signature ‘GG’ print, and Gucci’s horsebit emblem (you know, the one on their famous loafers) only adds to the timelessness.