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These bags will add a Chic « je ne sais quoi » to any of your outfits! That’s why they really worth an investment.

And if you want to be sure not to buy a Chinese copy, let me tell you about a very popular website among French fashion lovers: Vestiaire Collective, the world’s largest social shopping site for authentic pre-owned luxury items. Over 3 million fashion lovers use this community to buy, sell and share curated items from brands including Celine, Chloé, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and much more.

The site stands out on the basis of its unique quality control. 100% of the products are physically checked by a team of experts. That’s why you can trust this web store to invest a large sum of money in a timeless wardrobe piece you’ll never regret.

Here is my selection among the absolute « must have ».

HERMES Kelly

Hermes bag

Formerly known as the « Sac à dépêches » (or dispatch bag), the original Kelly bag was renamed in the 50’s due to an iconic picture of the Princess, who used the bag to cover her pregnant belly from the paparazzi. Shy and newly-married, she didn’t want to make her pregnancy known right away, and her beloved Hermes bag helped her hide it.

HERMES Birkin

Hermes bag

The bag was conceived in 1981. « I remember it well. I’d been upgraded by Air France on a flight toLondon, and was sitting next to a man,« Jane Birkin told in an interview. When everything fell out of whatever bag I had, the man next to me said: ‘You should have one with pockets‘. I said: ‘The day Hermès make one with pockets I will have that’, and he said: ‘But I am Hermès and I will put pockets in for you’. » The ‘man’ was none other than Jean-Louis Dumas, the then-chief executive of Hermès. Birkin then drew a design on a sick bag, giving the specifications: « Why don’t you make a handbag that is bigger than the Kelly but smaller that the Serge suitcase »…The bag finally came to fruition in 1984. It has since become one of, if not the most, iconic designer handbag.

 

HERMES Constance

Hermes bag

The bag was first designed by Catherine Chaillet in 1959 and was given the name in honour of her fifth child, Constance, having delivered the baby the same day that the first Constance left the Hermes production store. With its leather shoulder strap allowing the bag to hang freely, it soon became the favourite former First Lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy who popularised the Constance amongst Hollywood’s elite who wears it day to night.

HERMES Evelyne

Hermes bag

As a very easy to carry day-to-day bag, the Evelyne was designed in 1978 and named after Évelyne Bertrand, the head of Hermes equestrian department. It  was crafted to carry horse grooming equipment. Its iconic perforated ‘H’ design was meant to allow the grooming equipment to dry.

CHANEL

Chanel bag

No need to introduce them, just few things to know about Chanel bags

The first Chanel quilted handbag was created in February 1955. Its name comes from its birth date : 02.55

Then, in 1988 Karl Lagerfeld launched a new version, with the double C lock: the Timeless Classic (or 02.88)
Chanel bag

Chanel bag

Chanel bag

Then in 2011, Chanel introduces the Boy Bag, named after Boy Capel

Chanel bag

Chanel bag

Chanel bag

 

 

LOUIS VUITTON

Louis Vuitton Bag

In 1854 Vuitton opened his own box-making and packing workshop in Paris. The sign outside read: « Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions ». He also began creating his trunks in canvas instead of leather, which gave them the advantage of being hard-wearing and waterproof.

This is only in 1896, in response to widespread copying of the brand’s patterns (a problem that continues today), Georges created the famous LV monogram canvas – featuring circles and flowers – to distinguish the brand’s products.
Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

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Vuitton bag

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Vuitton bag

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SAINT LAURENT Sac de Jour

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Designed by Heidy Slimane, a very modern and qualitative alternative to the classic Hermès Birkin.

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Saint Laurent bag

Saint Laurent bag

Saint Laurent bag

Saint Laurent bag

CELINE Luggage Tote and Trapeze bag

celine BAG

Céline and Richard Vipiana launched Céline in 1945 as a custom shoe shop for children in Paris. Then, they added leather goods and perfume in the 1950′s but didn’t start selling ready to wear until 1969. The company was acquired by LVMH in 1996 and American fashion designer Michael Kors was named the first women’s ready-to-wear designer and creative director for Celine in 1997.

The brand was relatively unknown in 2008 when Phoebe Philo was appointed as the new creative director of Céline. Pheobe is a master at creating “It bags” and as she did at Chloe with the Paddington, she raised the profile of Céline hand bags – they now enjoy iconic status alongside brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton. The Céline Luggage Tote and The Céline Trapeze Bag are two of the world’s most recognized bags and sell out before they even hit the stores.

 

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CHLOE Drew and Faye

To reach ‘It Bag’ status, a bag must possess a delicate mix of being instantly identifiable yet coolly subtle, effortlessly versatile yet elevated, and somewhat limited in its release. The Chloe Drew bag and the Faye one tick all those boxes, which is why they’ve been feverishly embraced by the fashion world since their release. The perfect embodiment of an ‘It Bag,’ both Drew and Faye are no doubt here to stay, which is why they made the cut as the second inductee into the ranks of must have bags.

Chloe drew

Chloe bag

Chloe bag

 

Chloe bag

Chloe bag

Chloe bag

Please tell me, what would be your favorite one?
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