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History's most iconic handbags

Hermes Birkin, image courtesy of Wen-Cheng Liu via Wikimedia CommonsIf you're an avid reader of our blog, you'll know that here at Fiore, we love handbags, that's why we've dedicated our time and effort to bring you handbags from some of the best fashion brands available! 

That being said, there are some handbags that are just iconic plain and simple, they're the handbags that every fashion lover dreams of owning, regardless of how unlikely that is.

Here at 5 of the most recognisable handbags from fashion history.

Hermes Birkin bag

The Hermes Birkin handbag was first shown off in 1984. The now coveted fashion accessory was custom designed for actress Jane Birkin, who needed a handbag suitable for flying (it’s a hard life for some people).

A combination of a high-price tag, limited availability and a high standing with celebrities makes this one of the most popular handbags ever. Prices for Birkin bags can reach anywhere north of $100,000, which is unsurprising as each handbag takes 20 hours to manufacture by hand!

Lady Dior

When this handbag by Christian Dior was first released, it was actually called the ‘Chouchou’, but then September 1995 happened. It was in this month that Lady Diana was gifted a Chouchou, and she instantly fell in love with it. It was actually the recommendation from Lady Di that made the handbag so popular, and since then it has been renamed the Lady Dior and now has a place in fashion history.

Louis Vuitton Speedy

The Louis Vuitton Speedy is another handbag that gained overnight popularity thanks to a well-known fashion icon. This time Audrey Hepburn. This handbag is a stand-out because of the Louis Vuitton monogram that covers the handbags exterior. We would argue that Louis Vuitton has one of the most recognisable fashion brand logos in the world, which definitely helps. These handbags were launched in the 1930s and now sell for thousands of pounds.

Chanel 2.55, image courtesy of stylehouse via Wikimedia Commons

Chanel 2.55 Flap bag

The quilted diamond design makes this one of the most recognisable handbags on the market. This handbag got its name because Coco Chanel gave the handbag its first appearance in February 1955. We think one of the reasons this handbag has remained so recognisable for decades is because the design is simple yet completely elegant; really it has been the foundation for every black flap handbag that came after it.

Mulberry Bayswater Bag

This is probably the most recent handbag to achieve the status of icon. Receiving worldwide recognition and fame in 2002, the Mulberry Bayswater was the first popular handbag to come from Britain. One of the most fascinating aspects of the Bayswater is that it is generally agreed that it becomes a more lucrative handbag the more battered and worn it is, which is not something you could say about the other handbags on this list!

Everything on offer at Fiore

We know we said we’d be writing about history’s most iconic handbags, but we’d be doing a disservice to the fashion accessories we stock here at Fiore if we didn’t mention them. We have handbags and purses from a range of brands including Gianni Conti, Tula, and recently Radley has returned to our online store!

If you have any questions about any of our products, you can contact us online, or as always, we love chatting to fellow fashion lovers who pop into our store in Abergavenny. If you’re keen to continue a conversation about handbags and fashion, then you can like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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