Having something named after you is one definite sign you’re an icon – especially in the world of fashion. One of the most prevalent items named for style setters is the handbag. There have been a number of namesake bags down the years and the list is still being added to. Let’s lust after some iconic handbags.
Perhaps the most iconic of all iconic bags named after women, the Birkin bag by Hermés was inspired by the British actress and singer who was the lover of famed French musician Serge Gainsbourg. The bag was created for her after chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas encountered her on a plain bemoaning the difficulty of finding a good quality leather weekend bag.
Though Jackie O is more famed for her love of tailored Chanel attire and oversized sunnies, this Gucci bag was a favorite of hers and she was first photographed carrying one such bag in 1947. The world-famous socialite became so fond of the Gucci bag that it was eventually named after her to honor the number of times she had used it for public occasions.
It was revealed in December 2014 that Italian shoe and handbag design house Ballin had renamed one of their $1000 tote bags after Amal Clooney, new wife of the Hollywood superstar George Clooney. Thrust into the spotlight in recent months, Ballin was so delighted to see Mrs. Clooney carrying their product that they renamed it simply ‘The Amal.’
For many, Bridget Bardot was the face of the 1960s.The Gucci homage to the French screen siren captured her trendsetting style, which was feminine, curvy and eternally glamorous. Elegant and chic, this is a bag for all occasions.
Everything that Princess Diana touched seemed to turn to worldwide acclaim during her lifetime, and so was the case for a particular Dior bag that she favored. Gifted to the Princess by a former French first lady, Diana took to the design and ordered one in every color, making the bag one of her wardrobe staples.
Inspired by the classic yet contemporary style of pop star Lana Del Rey’s music and overall fashion sense, Mulberry created a bag that echoed her preferences in a simple and structured way. The bag became a mega hit and has since been seen under the arms of many of the world’s biggest celebrities, including Jennifer Aniston and Sienna Miller.
Director, writer and actress Sofia Coppola comes from one of the most talented filmmaking families in Hollywood history, and it seems as though her talents also extend to fashion accessory design. Coppola joined forces with Louis Vuitton to create this stunning bag, an accessory that can be carried both by hand or over the shoulder with a design that captures both the refinement and functional style that Sofia brings to her excellent catalogue of works.
It seems entirely fitting that one of Italy’s most iconic handbags should be inspired by one of Italy’s most iconic female figures. Sophia Loren was a superstar in the golden age of film, and Ferragamo honored her by producing a bag that is just as elegant, timeless and beautiful as she is (shame they changed the spelling). The bag was debuted at Milan fashion week in 2009 and quickly became a must-have item amongst the world’s fashion elite. It transcends seasonal wear and quite literally goes with anything!
A bag named for a movie star who found her prince and married him. When Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco used a bag to conceal her pregnant belly from the paparazzi in 1956, she had no idea it would elevate the Sac à Dépêche from everyday to iconic. Naturally, Hermes renamed it for her.
I don’t know about you but with bags being named after the likes of Cara Delavigne and Pippa Middleton, there’s an extra touch of romance and iconicity to the more classic bags. Which would be your pick?
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