16 Iconic Bags Worth the Investment
Much like a coveted pair of heels or a statement-making necklace, an iconic handbag is never just an afterthought-accessory. If you ask me, carrying around a classic Chanel or an undeniably exquisite Hermés is the equivalent to winning Miss America and the lottery on the same day. Seriously — the handbag lottery.
The attention to craftsmanship and quality make these pieces worth the price. Not to mention the cost per wear: These bags last decades and can be worn everyday, making them solid investments. And not just investments in good style, either. The value on some of these iconic pieces is projected to rise over time, making them a great addition to your financial portfolio. That is, if you could ever bring yourself to sell one.
These are the 16 most iconic bags you can buy today:
- Prada Saffiano Small Double Tote
- Gucci Dionysus Bamboo Top Handle Bag
- Louis Vuitton LV Monogram Keepall Bag
- Chloe Drew Shoulder Bag
- Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag Leather Baby
- Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote
- Chanel Quilted Bag
- Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette Bag
- Dior Lady Dior Bag
- Coach Kitt Messenger Crossbody
- Balenciaga Classic City Leather Tote Bag with Logo Strap
- Valentino Garavani Rockstud Medium Shoulder Bag
- Hermès Birkin Bag
- Fendi Brown Zucca Quilted Bag
- Prada Black Nylon Waist Pouch
- Dior Canvas Saddle Bag
Read on to see why each of these monoliths made our list.
Prada Saffiano Small Double Tote
"It's not just a bag. It's Prada!"
Shop now: $2,590; neimanmarcus.com
Gucci Dionysus Bamboo Top Handle Bag
You can't go wrong with any Gucci bag that includes the iconic bamboo handle.
Shop now: $970; rebag.com
Louis Vuitton LV Monogram Keepall Bag
It's the first handbag that Louis Vuitton ever created back in 1930, and no celebrity airport look is complete without one.
Shop now: $1,350; shopbop.com
Chloe Drew Shoulder Bag
The Drew bag might be one of the newer purses on the list, but its timeless design has solidified its position as a modern icon for boho-chic women everywhere.
Shop now: $1,850; neimanmarcus.com
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag Leather Baby
Hedi Slimane introduced us to this modern classic in 2015. As long as professional women continue to serve looks in the workplace, it will always, always be in style.
Shop now: $940; rebag.com
Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote
Kate Middleton and Katie Holmes are among the many celebrity fans of this weatherproof, classic tote.
Shop now: $145; nordstrom.com
Chanel Quilted Bag
I mean, do we really need to explain?
Shop now: $4,900; shopbop.com
Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette Bag
Bottega Veneta owns the trademark on its classic basket weave technique. The Padded Cassette Bag is the crown jewel of clutch-crossbodies.
Shop now: $2,800; bottegaveneta.com
Dior Lady Dior Bag
Birthed in the mid '90s and a staple for Princess Diana, this chic bag is the epitome of timeless elegance. Today, you can find the Lady Dior Bag in so many sizes, colors, and prints.
Shop now: $3,495; shopbop.com
Coach Kitt Messenger Crossbody
The messenger is one of the most iconic crossbody bags, and Coach's design combines both quality and timeless style at an affordable price.
Shop now: $150; coach.com
Balenciaga Classic City Leather Tote Bag with Logo Strap
The signature hardware and XL tassel is what made the Balenciaga Moto bag a stand out in the early aughts.
Shop now: $2,350; neimanmarcus.com
Valentino Garavani Rockstud Medium Shoulder Bag
Fashionistas will never get tired of the Rockstud pieces from Valentino. Find it on a sneaker, a sweatshirt... and of course, a handbag.
Shop now: $1,375; neimanmarcus.com
Hermès Birkin Bag
Fendi Brown Zucca Quilted Bag
The interlocking Fs on Fendi’s Zucca design is a classic execution of today’s logomania. Unlike other iterations, we can rest assured this design (drawn up by Karl Lagerfeld in 1965) won’t go out of style, thanks to its rich history.
Shop now: $1,250; shopbop.com
Prada Black Nylon Waist Pouch
The bum bag has Prada to thank for its return — particularly this nylon version, which has become popular to wear across the chest rather than at the hip, as it was in the ‘90s.
Shop now: $850; shopbop.com
Dior Canvas Saddle Bag
What would this list be if we didn’t include the saddle bag? Originally designed by John Galliano in 1999 and worn by the time’s biggest ‘Its’ Paris Hilton and SJP, the bag’s 2018 re-release was just as explosive — just ask the Hadids.
Shop now: $2,500; shopbop.com