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The Ten It Bags Every Woman Should Own

Collecting handbags, when done correctly, can be an art-form. Not just an art-form but an investment, because the right bag will never lose its charm, its desirability, or its value. In fact, a well-chosen designer handbag can even act as a family heirloom, retaining value and even, in the case of limited-editions, increasing in value.

The concept of ‘investment pieces’ is a crucial one to follow here. Narrow your wardrobe down, refine it and conceptualize it. Choosing quality over quantity means selecting investment pieces that fit your lifestyle, i.e., your social engagements, travel plans and work needs while always prioritizing quality over putting together a large collection. So, with that in mind, here are the 10 ‘it’ bags every woman should own – for their practicality, their ability to hold their price and their downright desirability.

 

 

1.CHANEL 2.55 BAG Lucea Row

Chanel 2.55 Bag

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The most iconic of all it bags, named for the month and year that Coco Chanel christened it, the 2.55 bag is the ultimate collector’s item. It maintains or even increases in value, goes with any outfit and looks great on women whether 18 or 80. The perfect embodiment of sophistication and luxury, no handbag collection is complete without it.

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Hermes 'Birkin 30' tote lucea row 3Hermès Birkin

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Beloved by fashionistas everywhere, the Birkin recently set a record sale price of $298,000 at a Christie’s auction. Named after British it girl and actress, Jane Birkin, the bag is handcrafted from premium materials such as alligator and palladium. Along with the Kelly bag, the Birkin transcends era and fleeting trends and has outperformed the stock market over a 30-year period. The Birkin is the ultimate it bag for the discerning fashionista.

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Chloe Hudson Small Studded & Braided Leather Shoulder Bag Lucea Row

Chloé Hudson Small Studded Shoulder Bag in Caramel

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When it comes to Chloé, it’s hard to select just one iconic bag, not when you have the smooth calfskin offered by the Drew Shoulder Bag, or the originality of the Faye bag, with its 70s inspired studded hardware. However, there is one true hero bag that stands above the rest- the Chloé Hudson. A classic saddle-bag design that is covetable due to its rich color and the fact that it can go with just about anything. Natch.

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Valentino Rockstud Leather Shoulder Bag Lucea Row 2

Valentino Rockstud Leather Shoulder Bag

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Embellished with Valentino’s signature pyramid-shaped studs, punctuated with tonal black stones, this Italian-crafted handbag offers total versatility, with an adjustable strap that allows you to wear it cross-body. It takes a lot to create a bag high in sophistication, yet perfectly conforming to rock ‘n’roll chic – Valentino has nailed it. Effortlessly.

5.Saint Laurent Monogram Medium Grained Matelasse Leather Chain Wallet

Saint Laurent Monogram Medium Grained Matelasse Leather Chain Wallet

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We could prattle on and on about the front flap, or the removable metal chain but it’s the interlocking YSL embossed monogram logo that sells it, time and time again. YSL will always symbolise effortless, classic style.

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Prada Saffiano Cuir Small Double Bag Lucea Row 2

Prada Saffiano Cuir Small Double Bag

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An LBD, a bottle of Chanel No 5. . . there are just some things a woman has to have in her possession and the perfect tan bag is one of them. It is styled with the easy assumption that you can just ‘throw’ in all your life, yet smart enough to be propelled from the realms of casual, right into the realms of luxe.

 

7.Givenchy Antigona Medium Leather Satchel in Nude Pink lucea row

Givenchy Antigona Medium Leather Satchel in Nude Pink

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In case you missed the memo, Pantone has been oohing and aahing about pinks for a while now (christening Rose Quartz their color of 2016). If you want something truly relevant for this year, that has longevity way beyond the next season, then this is the bag for you. A favorite of celebs like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Miranda Kerr, the Givenchy Antigona is a classic satchel that will retain its classic style for years to come.

 

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Balenciaga Metallic Edge Golden City Bag, Taupe Lucea Row

Balenciaga Metallic Edge Golden City Bag In Taupe

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A hall of fame “it” bag, seen on the likes of supermodel Kate Moss and boho actress Sienna Miller, the Balenciaga motorcyle bag is much copied and admired for its tough chic style. This bag brings out the urban rebel in all of us, with studded hardware that embodies metallic edge. It’s a mashup of Kate Moss meets David Bowie. Wear it with the chicest leather pants and you’ll get that model off-duty look and instant rocker chic.

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3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Medium Satchel in Black Lucea Row

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Medium Satchel in Black

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At Phillip Lim it’s all about the zippers, and why not? They add edge to an already unconventional design: grained leather garnished with gold hardware. It would be almost ostentatious if it wasn’t so perfectly on point.  Phillip Lim ftw!

10.Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny Fringed Leather Satchel Lucea Row

Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny Fringed Leather Satchel

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The fashion cognoscenti says that fringe is coming back, truth be told – we are positive it never went away. This fringed leather satchel is a way to add some boho glam to even the most corporate wardrobe. It combines festival style with uptown chic.

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