When it comes to covetable bags, legendary French brand Hermes is a tough competitor. The Birkin is arguably the king of handbags, and its years-long wait lists are the stuff of legend.
Hermès vs. Valentino: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 2,272
Round Two: Hermès vs. Gucci - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,552
Round Three: Hermès vs. Chanel - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 505
No one combines unabashed femininity with a punk edge quite like Valentino, and with that non-intuitive combination, the brand has carved out an utterly ladylike niche for itself in the handbag market.
Valentino vs. Hermès: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 594
Gucci bags have been carried by everyone from Jackie Kennedy to Beyonce, and with signature touches like bamboo trim, horse bit details and beautiful flora prints, few brands have more iconic bags.
Gucci vs. Alexander Wang: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,542
Round Two: Gucci vs. Hermès - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 458
From a downtown New York City upstart to the helm of Balenciaga, Alexander Wang rode his knack for creating covetable handbags all the way to the top of the fashion hierarchy at one of the most covetable jobs in the industry and helped create the premium contemporary market.
Alexander Wang vs. Gucci: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,028
Coco Chanel revolutionized the accessories industry with the 1955 introduction of the world's first shoulder bag, and Chanel has been making iconic, ultra-covetable bags ever since, now under the creative genius of Karl Lagerfeld.
Chanel vs. Saint Laurent: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 2,301
Round Two: Chanel vs. Proenza Schouler - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,697
Round Three: Chanel vs. Hermès - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 679
March Madness Final: Chanel vs. Céline - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 667
Under the guidance of designer Hedi Slimane, Saint Laurent has become a go-to source for the kind of everyday luxury bags that grace the arms of women like Kate Moss - rockstars, models and cool girls of all kinds.
Saint Laurent vs. Chanel: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 523
Coach is the quintessential American accessories brand. Founded in New York City in 1941, the brand recently brought on powerhouse accessories designer Stuart Vevers to revamp its look, with fantastic, modern results.
Coach vs. Proenza Schouler: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,062
It's not often that a brand's first foray into accessories turns into a bona fide It Bag, but that's what happened with New York-based Proenza Schouler and its incredibly popular PS1. With recent expansion and increased experimentation with exotics, Proenza wants to compete with the European handbag powerhouses.
Proenza Schouler vs. Coach: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,515
Round Two: Proenza Schouler vs. Chanel - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 346
With the arrival of legendary creative director Phoebe Philo, Celine went from a cult French brand to a worldwide accessories powerhouse and top industry trend-setter. Just when we thought handbag wait lists were dead forever, people started paying for Luggage Totes six months in advance, sight unseen.
Céline vs. Givenchy: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,815
Round Two: Céline vs. Fendi - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,390
Round Three: Céline vs. Louis Vuitton - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 744
March Madness Final: Céline vs. Chanel - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 348
Creative director Riccardo Tisci has made Givenchy's luxuriously gothic streetwear a favorite among stylish industry veterans and Hollywood starlets alike, and his guidance has even helped Kim Kardashian win the praises of fashion critics. (With a little help from Kanye, of course.)
Givenchy vs. Céline: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 849
Under the guidance of Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi has transformed its accessories business into a hotbed of innovative design, forward-thinking textiles and modern aesthetics. The resulting bags are gorgeous, often with a winking sense of humor - we can't forget the Bag Bugs, after all.
Fendi vs. Rebecca Minkoff: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,895
Round Two: Fendi vs. Céline - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 561
Rebecca Minkoff may design everything from denim to sunglasses now, but bags will always be what the brand is known for, not to mention where it started. Minkoff's easy, casual leather goods have outfitted an entire generation of young women, from afternoons in the park to mornings in the office.
Rebecca Minkoff vs. Fendi: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 553
As the biggest handbag brand in the world (by far), it's always big when Louis Vuitton makes a move. This year, adding fashion genius Nicolas Ghesquiere as the brand's creative director indicates that the French stalwart is headed forward with a refreshed strategy and ever-evolving look. Don't expect the famous monogram logo to go anywhere, though.
Louis Vuitton vs. Balenciaga: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,184
Round Two: Louis Vuitton vs. Prada - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,229
Round Three: Louis Vuitton vs. Céline - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 455
With new creative director and accessories wunderkind Alexander Wang firmly ensconced atop the brand, Balenciaga has moved in a modern, slightly minimal direction that's well characterized by the recent debut of the company's new signature bag, the Balenciage Le Dix.
Balenciaga vs. Louis Vuitton: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,475
No other brand has quite the sense for quiet, discreet luxury that Bottega Veneta has. The brand's signature is its exquisitely soft woven leather, available in all shapes from box clutches to oversized, supple totes. If you want an elegant bag that doesn't feel showy, there's no place to go but BV.
Bottega Veneta vs. Prada: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 687
Prada's handbag manage to live in two world, simultaneously; some of them are experimental explorations in the intersection of fashion and art, others are straightforward, businesslike bags for women who feel most at home in the corner office. Somehow, it never feels like a contradiction.
Prada vs. Bottega Veneta: Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 1,824
Round Two: Prada vs. Louis Vuitton - Which brand's handbags do you prefer?
Total Voters: 807
Hermes, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Proenza Schouler
Celine, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada
Hermes, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Coach, Celine, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada
Hermes, A. Wang, Chanel, P.S., Celine, Fendi, L.V., Prada
Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, Proenza Schouler, Givenchy, Fendi, Balengiaga, Prada…
Hermes, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Proenza Schouler, Celine, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada
Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, Coach, Givenchy, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada
Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, Proenza Schouler, Celine, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta
Make sure you click to vote!! You can actively vote above!!
Hermes, Wang, Chanel, PS, Celine (in triple OT), Fendi, Balenciaga, Prada
Torcendo para Hermès, Chanel, Bottega Veneta e Gucci! Love this post!!!
I can’t believe Balenciaga is loosing to Louis Vuitton :(
I love Balenciaga but the way I see it is that Louis Vuitton’s overall handbag range is far more appealing and broad. I will say that that is an unfair match up though, very contemporary vs classic/standard style?
haha I was very much in the majority on everything I voted on (although a couple like fendi/rebecca minkoff & gucci/alexander wang are ones I don’t really have a strong opinion on).
Where is Cloé? And is Miu Miu included in Prada? Who selected these brands?
valentino, awang, saint laurent, proenza, celine, fendi, balenciaga, prada
Hermes, Wang, Chanel, PS, Celine, Fendi, LV, Prada
hermes, alexander wang, chanel, prenza schouler, celine, rebecca minkoff, balenciaga, Prada sorry I had to type it because the click option was not working
What happens if you click on the bag thumbnails?
Hermes, Wand, Chanel, Proenza, Celine, Fendi, LV, Bottega
Where’s Mulberry Alexa??
Mine is Hermes, Chanel, Proenza, Celine, Rebecca, Balenciaga, Prada..
Valentino ( Am I the only one who didn’t go Hermes?), A. Wang, Chanel, Proenza Schouler, Celine, Minkoff, Balenciaga, Prada.
PREDICTION : Hermes WILL BE THE WINNER!!! I just received my hand painted Birkin look at the video I made of it on Intstagram @ fortuneattie
you forgot Mulberry!
exactly what i was thinking!!
Hehe, I particularly enjoy the thematic LV vs Bal match-up. Am v surprised at the Givenchy vs Celine results to date, I’d thought it would be fairly even but it’s not the case at the moment.
Hmm. I just realised that you can vote twice by clicking on each entrant to each match up. Is this supposed to happen? And it means you see distorted results because it only makes sense when you combine the two for each match up.
It’s a technical quirk with the type of polling we used and how our developers set things up – the two polls will be added together to get the final winner for each matchup.
Hermes, Wang, Saint Laurent, PS, Celine, Fendi, Balenciaga, Prada
H, Celine, Gucci, Fendi, Chanel, LV, PS, BV
Some of these matchups are pretty one-sided – poor bags never stood a chance!
Surprised at the number of people picking Prada over BV though.
Would also have liked to see how Moynat, VBH, and Loewe stack up against some of these brands.
i voted, and i chose hermes, gucci, chanel, coach, prada, lv, fendi and givenchy! I chose what i own, except for givency and hermes. i dont own valentino and celine too.
Hermes, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Proenza Schouler, Givenchy, Fendi, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta.
You forgot THE ROW!
Valentino, Alexander Wang,Chanel,Proenza Schouler,Givenchy,Fendi,Balenciaga,Bottega Veneta
I feel as though the bags should’ve been matched up differently, maybe on similar price ranges/demographics (i.e. Hermes vs. Celine, Coach vs. Rebecca Minkoff) Also, left vs. right should’ve been old school brands vs. emerging brands (Check out jezebels march madness series…) Anyway I’m pretty sure Hermes will win above all.
In traditional March Madness, teams are seeded unevenly; the highest-ranked team is matched with the lowest-ranked team for the first round, and so on. It didn’t seem entirely fair to do it that way, and it also didn’t seem entirely fair to match like with like – we’re still sorting feeling out the best way to structure something like this!
Wanted to add to what Amanda said that this is our first time doing this, but we appreciate the suggestions and will definitely take them into consideration for the future! There will be plenty more brackets to come :)
voted chanel because its timeless and saint laurent as it is elegant
No Goyard? What about us :(
i agree !! wheres the goyards!
My picks are: Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, Proenza Schouler, Givenchy, Fendi, LV, and Prada
Valentino, Gucci, Chanel, Coach, Celine, Rebecca Minkkoff, LV and Bottega Veneta
Gucci, Coach, Prada, celine (in triple OT) Fendi, Louis Vuitton
Hermes, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Proenza Schuler, Celine, Fendi, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta
This was fun, can’t wait to see who the final 2 are!
I just know I want them ALL!
Putting Coach against Proenza Schouler is like Florida vs, Albany. Not a good match!
Well, Florida/Albany turned out to be a better match than one might have thought.
(I went to Georgia, I couldn’t NOT say something about that.)
Celine, balenciaga, proenza , LV, saintlaurent and I’m not seeing mulberry here!
Hermes, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Proenza, Celine, Rebecca Minkoff, Louis Vuitton, Prada
A very poorly matched face-off. Results will be highly skewed and not accurate. Re-match!
No Mulberry ??
How about Moynat, Goyard, the Row or Delvaux?
Relax people, it’s just for fun.
Super-clever, Megs & Vlad (I’m guessing it was you two). Great that you made it interactive, and that after I vote I can go back multiple times to check stats (without re-voting)… elegant design. Can’t wait to see who it comes down to in the Final Four! Shall we create mascots for our faves? The Prada Pandas?
Really glad you like this Elaine! It was something Amanda brought to our attention last year and we weren’t able to make it happen in time, but it was a priority for this year!
In that case, kudos to Amanda, too! Oh, and I forwarded the bracket to The Hubster so he could vote too… he likes underdogs & has a soft spot for Rebecca Minkoff, LOL!
How do we get to the final four….or to the final results?
We will tally winners from this first round and then they move on and so on, final four will happen in about a week!
That was fun! Thanks!
balenciaga vs LV. That was a hard decision for me…I want them both to move to the next round.
Sounds like we need a “selection sunday” vote next year!
You are reading our minds ;)
I also think a winner for the entire year is too broad. Maybe spring 2014?
It’s just a winner for this bracket – we will have more brackets to come, everyone seems to love it!
Hermes Gucci Chanel Coach Celine Fendi Balenciaga BottegaVeneta
coach is in…….????? what you are thinking
Look at all of the Coach pop up ads on the Purse Blog. More of a Michael Kors fan at that price point – love the Miranda.
No Chloe :-(
Yea! what about Chloe? :(
Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, Proenza, Givenchy, Fendi, Balenciaga, Prada.
Crazy that what I the chosen am popular side…
I don’t consider Alexander Wang a handbag brand… Apperal comes first to that design house, unlike a coach or LV. I would have included Kate Spade, as that brand started with handbags before growing to apparel.
I love this! So fun for the handbag obsessed!!!
I’m so confused, did my vote count?
Click on the brand to vote on the poll in the popup!
Chanel Chanel Chanel!!!!! And then Givenchy, Celine, Proenza. Love Hermes, But being realistic, it’s prices are too much.
I voted for gucci. Just cos i was sure hermes was going to win. Giving some support to the underdog
Am I missing MK?
I am, great bags at a great price, what is not to love???
Hermes, Chanel, Celine, Prada
Round 2: Hermes, Chanel, Fendi, & LV
Finally a March Madness just for me. So sad Bal & Rebecca Minkoff were already defeated.
I think it is fun and some of the people are taking this way to seriously! Thanks for the distraction for those of us not really into college basketball.
hermes chanel fendi prada…
I’m shocked that Bottega Veneta got bumped in the first round (and by Prada — really?). I was looking forward to agonizing over an Hermes/BV final match-up. Oh well, maybe next time.
Give me Gucci, Chanel, LV and Fendi all day every day!
I Have a feeling CHANEL will be the winner there is a bit more of a following, But I’m hoping Celine Beats it! :)
This was super fun, Megs and Amanda! I usually play this out in my head when I’m bored while waiting in a long line or I’m stuck in traffic. Helps pass time! :D
Maybe for the next one you can go bigger, have 64 “players” based on current popular handbags? :)
Coach won the votes by a landslide in their matchup, but Proenza Schouler advanced? Am I missing something?
same with Givenchy?
i think the final battle will be between LV and Hermes
Where is Dior?????
i think there’s a mistake… how did LV advance when Balenciaga clearly has more votes? I’ve just checked that LV has total votes of 1184, while Balenciaga has total votes of 1475.
oops, my bad just calculated the votes and LV actually won
I predict the final will be Chanel vs LV
This is soooooo much fun!!!!! Way to go PB!
And we’re left with the French luxury houses in the Final Four. How did the Italian houses all lose in the Regionals (quarterfinals)?
I was rooting for Prada. But, as the French would say, “tant pis” :)
This went too quickly. Let’s do this agIn sometime.
I think for next time, it would be cool to match up bags instead of brands. For example, PS1 versus City. I’m sure it would come down to a Chanel flap or a Birkin so it would be interesting to not include those and see what else people like.
LOVED THIS! Next year you guys should make it a full 32 brands. Although I wish there were more upsets. The results were too predictable.
What a novel idea! I showed your “brackets” to my sports crazy sons and even they admitted it was an interesting idea. I enjoyed voting.
Chanel is soooooo obviously gonna win, whoop whoop! But I have to say, I was shocked Balenciaga lost out to LV; at the early stages of that round it looked like LV was losing. I guess even with the price hike and LV’s seemingly new direction, the LV fans are still very loyal.
No Victoria Beckham? :o
I had alot of fun playing Purse March Madness!! You all did an outstanding job…Kudos!!