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7 of the Best Luxury Handbag Brands

by Allie d'Almo  |  Published November 2, 2021

From fancifully-decorated pouches to multi-functional tote bags, a luxury handbag signifies style and status. If you’re looking to amplify your arm candy, we’ve cherry-picked the best luxury handbag brands below. 

(Photo: LouisVuitton.com)

A luxury handbag is chic, but it’s also portable and (usually) functional, which explains its enduring allure. The best luxury handbags are timeless classics that transcend trends – and the best brands have mastered this while inspiring fresh appeal too. A designer handbag doesn’t just elevate a look, they’re clever investment pieces that can stand the test of time. As we move into a new season, we’ve selected seven of the best luxury handbag brands. 

Louis Vuitton 

Renowned for its high-quality craftsmanship and classic design, Louis Vuitton makes handbags that can outlive a lifetime. Many of today’s most popular models were designed nearly a century ago. One of the brand’s best-selling bags, ‘The Speedy’, launched in 1930 as a solution for the increasing number of women using public transport. Now owned by the mega luxury conglomerate LVMH, LV is still one of the world’s most popular brands and last year topped Forbes’ most valuable luxury brands index with a brand value of $47.2 billion.

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Chanel

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Full-flap pouch handbag (Photo: Chanel.com)

This haute-couture house is one of the most recognized luxury brands in the world, but it’s perhaps best known for its handbags. Coco Chanel, already a household name owing to her first perfume N°5 launched her most iconic handbag in 1955 – the ‘2:55’. It’s been the handbag of choice for countless celebrities in the past seven decades, from Jackie Kennedy to Jessie J. Her legacy has lived on to, first with Karl Largerfeld, and now with Virginie Viard. Vintage versions of this timeless icon are almost always more expensive than the latest model, so they’re real investment pieces.

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Hermes

Thierry Hermès founded the brand in 1837, but it wasn’t until 1900 that Hermès first introduced handbags onto the scene. First came the ‘Haut à Courroies’, then the ‘Kelly’, the ‘Constance’ and finally – the most coveted of them all– the ‘Birkin’ in 1984. The then Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas designed the bag on a flight at the request of famous actress Jane Birkin, who wanted a bag with greater functionality. More than three decades on, it’s still one of the hottest luxury handbags on the market, owing to its timeless look, A-lister popularity and limited availability.

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Gucci 

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The Dionysus (Photo: Gucci.com)

Despite its illustrious heritage, Gucci fell out of favour in the late 90s’ and early ’00s. But when Alessandro Michele took the reigns in 2015, he transformed it into one of the hottest designer brands of the moment. Today, it’s retail gold; in 2019, Gucci became the top-selling brand on Vestiare Collective, with a 39% increase in sales. The five most popular Gucci handbags are the ‘Dionysus’, ‘GG’, ‘Marmont’, ‘Princetown’ and ‘Zumi’. All of these have held their value over the years, so as well as being stylish they’re also relatively risk-free investment pieces.

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Celine

Launched in the 1960s, the Celine brand may not have the illustrious history of a lot of other luxury houses, but its popularity has never wavered. Celine bags have been dangled off the shoulders of fashion aficionados and celebrities for the past seven decades – and this shows no sign of changing. Heidi Slimane took on the role of director in 2018 and since then the brand has gone from strength to strength. With their clean and classic lines, Celine handbags make clever investment pieces that you’ll wear again and again.

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Dior 

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Dior Bobby Bag (Photo: Dior.com)

Monsieur Dior might have introduced the world to his New Look line in 1947, but it’s really his successor – Marc Bohan – we have to thank for launching Dior’s cult classic handbag line. Since then, Dior has produced a handful of iconic handbags, including The Lady Dior, which was custom designed for Princess Diana. The bag became as beloved as the woman who first inspired it. So, if you’re looking for a luxury handbag that’s fit for a princess, you need look no further than Dior.

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Mulberry 

A Mulberry bag is for life, not just for Christmas. Launched in 1971, the luxury British brand is celebrated for its passion for leather and high-quality craftsmanship. It’s perennially in style, thanks to its timeless classics and ability to reinvent itself. ‘The Bayswater’ has historically held its position as the most-wanted Mulberry bag, but newer bags like the ‘Millie’ and the ‘Alexa’ are making their mark too. Designed in the brand’s hero colours, Mulberry is renowned for creating ‘It’ bags that never date or depreciate.

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