Not many handbags from world-famous fashion designers fly under the radar even a little bit. Because of the high margins and wide market for luxury accessories, brands push bags to the forefront of global marketing campaigns season after season; even if they fall short of creating an It Bag, those efforts still creative massive public awareness of their bags. Dior has taken a somewhat more measured approach to its pubic image since the advent of creative director Raf Simons, and in the process, remade the staid Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag into a work of art.
If you’ve noticed that you’ve seen fewer Dior bags in stores in the past few seasons, there’s a reason. It wasn’t long ago that a variety of the brand’s bags could be bought online at third-party retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Saks, but Dior has now largely ended its wholesale accessories business, preferring instead to more tightly control the stream of product in ways similar to brands like Chanel and Hermes. Dior bags aren’t sold online at all anymore, and they’re much more difficult to find in stores.
At the same time as the brand has taken its bags out of most of the places where they were once in the public eye, it’s also made them incredibly beautiful. This season, many of the Lady Diors feature gorgeously rendered floral close-ups, as well as beautiful tweed and one particularly majestic exotic. Price information is almost as difficult to come by as the bags themselves. Based on information reported by our Forum members, though, we know that a medium Lady Dior in regular leather will set you back $3,900, while the painted version in the same size will cost $4,400, which gives you an idea of the range we’re dealing with here.
Check out the current season of totally beautiful Lady Dior bags below.