When it comes to handbags, Prada is undoubtedly one of the world’s most iconic brands. Since the 1980s, Prada’s nylon backpacks and shoulder bags have become classics. The brand’s extensive collection of women’s handbags features everything from mono-coloured models to animal prints and bright colors.
In the 1970s, Miuccia Prada began selling British luggage and met Patrizio Bertelli, an Italian leather goods trader. Together, the pair began designing bags and in 1979, the company’s first collection of Pocone fabric bags debuted. Sales rose to $450,000 that year, and the company began to expand into Paris, New York, and Madrid. During this time, the brand also launched a line of shoes.
Dior Saddle bag
The Dior Saddle bag is an iconic piece that takes inspiration from the equestrian world. This piece features a saddle-like flap and a magnetic closure that is reminiscent of stirrup clasps. Its signature CD also distinguishes the bag from others. Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri was intrigued by the classic style and sought to revive it with a modern design. Chiuri used the bag as a blank canvas and reimagined it with modern materials and details.
In the Spring/Summer 2000, the bag was first introduced and was a hit with many starlets. It was even featured in the hit movie Sex and the City. While the bag was popular with celebrities, it was not embraced widely by the public. However, it was recently re-introduced and has seen the rise of popularity.
Chanel Flap bag
The Chanel Flap Bag is an iconic handbag. They’re available in various sizes and are sold at a variety of prices. The mini and small versions start at about $3800 and go up to $6800 for the Classic Handbag. A large Chanel Flap bag is around $7400 and a Maxi Flap bag can top $8000. These bags come in a variety of materials and colors, and they’re often available in limited editions.
The classic Chanel Flap bag is made with quilted lambskin, though it can come in a variety of colors and finishes. Previously, these handbags were plated with 24-carat gold. However, the company has since discontinued this technique.
Hermes Y2K-era minimalism
A lot of ’90s and ’00s nostalgia is permeating the fashion scene, and the same goes for designer handbags. According to Stephanie Gonzalez, retail merchandiser at Fashionphile, the Y2K handbag revival is focused on the iconic hobo bag. In this revival, the bag has been reinvented into crescent-shaped shoulder bags with short or crossbody straps. One of the most popular examples is the Balenciaga Le Cagole shoulder bag, which was featured in the Balenciaga fall ’21 collection and has been spotted on Kim Kardashian, Julia Fox, and Bella Hadid.
Another recent Hermes creation features a minimalist design that appeals to minimalist tastes. The boxy shoulder bag was updated with matte logo hardware and chain-and-leather straps. Other details include braided calfskin and metallic leather.