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"It" Bags: More Than Just a Fashion Statement

Renowned houses like Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton have crafted some of the most coveted handbags, transforming them into not just fashion accessories but valuable investment assets.

January 15, 2024

Renowned houses like Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton have crafted some of the most coveted handbags, transforming them into not just fashion accessories but valuable investment assets.

Renowned houses like Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton have crafted some of the most coveted handbags, transforming them into not just fashion accessories but valuable investment assets.

In the realm of material wonders, handbags reign supreme as the ultimate status symbols. Renowned houses like Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton have crafted some of the most coveted handbags, transforming them into not just fashion accessories but valuable investment assets. Iconic models like the Hermes Birkin and Kelly have become legendary for their ability to triple in value on the resale market, a testament to their exclusivity and allure.

The concept of the 'status bag' can be traced back to Giuliana Camerino, hailed by Vogue as the pioneering designer in this arena. Camerino, a Venetian visionary, captivated the fashion world with her trompe l'oeil velvet bags, marked distinctively with the Roberta di Camerino brand on both fabric and hardware. However, with great success came imitation; Camerino confided in Gabrielle Chanel her frustration over the rampant forgeries of her designs. Chanel's response was philosophical, asserting that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - a sentiment Chanel herself was familiar with, given the frequent knockoffs of her designs.

Celebrity endorsements have been instrumental in elevating handbags to iconic status. The Kelly bag, originally designed in 1935, skyrocketed to fame in 1956 after Grace Kelly used it to discreetly cover her pregnancy. Similarly, Gucci's hobo-style bag was christened the 'Jackie' in 1961, following Jackie Kennedy's fondness for the brand's design. In 1984, the fashion landscape was forever changed with the introduction of the Hermes Birkin, conceived from a conversation between actress Jane Birkin and Hermes executive Jean-Louis Dumas about the ideal carry-all bag. Fast forward to 1997, and the Fendi Baguette becomes a sensation, propelled by Sarah Jessica Parker's portrayal of Carrie Bradshaw in 'Sex and the City', leading to over 100,000 baguettes sold within a year.

Handbags, initially designed as functional items to carry cash, have transcended their practical purpose. Today, these sought-after designs are not just accessories but symbols of wealth and fashion, becoming the Holy Grail for collectors and fashion enthusiasts worldwide. They speak a universal language of luxury and style, seamlessly integrating into diverse wardrobes across the globe, far beyond their French origins. In the world of high fashion, these "It" bags are not just about carrying belongings - they carry a legacy.

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