Vogue.com did a great feature in January called The It Bag Hall of Fame which charted the history of must-have handbags, starting with the Hermès Kelly, which was launched in 1935, and travelling right up to 2009’s Mulberry Alexa. It got me thinking about designer handbags and the act of coveting a particular “on trend” style, which doesn’t seem to be that prevalent in fashion anymore.
The Balenciaga City (launched in 2000) was the first handbag I ever lusted after, followed swiftly by my uncontrollable desire for the Chloé Paddington (2004). Then came the Marc Jaocobs Stam bag (2005), the Proenza Schouler PS1 (2008), and the 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli (2011). The Pashli is the only style from this list I actually own, and although I still think it’s a work of perfection I never use it, because it’s so heavy.
Dakota Johnson carrying the Chanel Boy bag
Now, four years on from Pashli-mania, I’m no longer that interested in It bags and don’t pay attention to what celebrities are toting around LA. However, like all self-respecting fashion-fanatics I still have a Handbag Hit List. Sort of like a freebie five, the Handbag Hit List is a rundown of all the designer bags you’d buy if money were no object. At the moment my list looks like this:
– The Chanel 2.55
– The Hermès Birkin
– The Chanel Boy
– The Fendi Baguette
– The Balenciaga City
As you can see, I’m now more interested in classic styles that retain most of their value, rather than super-trendy buys. What about you? Leave a comment below or tweet me at @cocosteaparty using #HandbagHitList to let me know which designs – classic or new – are currently on your Handbag Hit List.