Thousands of PurseBlog readers submitted their votes and now the results are in!

Balenciaga and Coach take the crown as our readers’ favorites for 2010. Honorable mentions are Chanel and Bottega Veneta, as well as Treesje and Alexander Wang, who took 4th and 5th in the premier and contemporary designer categories respectively.

Thanks to everyone who voted, we are looking forward to next year’s awards and will be following the upcoming designs of this year closely!

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  • Vicky

    Awww…LV should have been no.1, judging by the number of Purse Forum viewers (around 1000 at some point!)

  • 19yearslater

    Vicky, there was a vote, PF members could pick which were their favorites, these are not the personal decisions of the staff. PB, will this influence the bags posted about on the sites or was it more of a fun poll? (ipad)

    • Vicky

      Thanks 19yearslater…I voted too, but only twice.
      But Kudos to Balenciaga as well…love their bags although haven’t gotten myself to venture out of my LV comfort zone :) I saw a First with Silver hardware today, and I think that has got me thinking It’s Bal Time :)

  • Joyce

    I love Balenciaga and but am still surprised that it came out as #1, judging by the greater LV forum activity (by this I mean how many viewers at a time). Not surprised that Coach came in #1 in the contemporary category though! (ipad)

  • Ellen

    I am also surprised by Balenciaga taking the top spot. Even though it is popular, I did not think that it was as well known and loved as brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

  • Ellen

    I forgot. (ipad)

  • Kelly

    wow Balenciaga #1! Interesting…..(iPad)

  • LDJ

    Im not suprised that Balenciaga is #1. (ipad)

  • lyns

    Of course Bal won!! We are hardcore fans and apparently hardcore voters!! If you are dissapointed of the outcome ladies, vote more next year. Although, it will probably be Bal again!! :)

    Long Live Balenciaga!!!

  • Vitta

    I’m not surprised at all that Balenciaga won on this particular blog…

  • Shana

    Go Bal! (iPad)

  • ninjaninja

    I knew Bal would come in first! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Surprised about Coach because I’ve been hearing a lot of negative feedback. (ipad)

  • Stephanie

    Super happy that Coach got 1st place! Balenciaga’s not very popular here at my place so this is pretty interesting. :)

  • Britney Anderson (Saenz)

    Woohoo go Louis Vuitton and Coach! Timeless brands that withstand time. (ipad)

  • tadpolenyc

    i’m surprised balenciaga is #1, but expected coach to win. that was a fun poll. (ipad)

  • spanish moss

    if not my beloved bottega veneta, then bal is okay with me. (ipad)

  • Mousse

    BV will always be my #1. (ipad)

  • RiJ

    Does Balenciaga win every year? Great Poll

  • Donna C.

    Surprised (but happy) to see Balenciaga at the top (ipad)

  • Sherry

    congrats to Coach (ipad)

  • Sherry

    congrats to balenciaga (ipad)

  • S.J.

    better luck next time to everyone else who participated (ipad)

  • S.J.

    there were a lot of great applicants (ipad)

  • S.J.

    i love handbags (ipad)

  • Tonya

    Hmmmm, very interesting! I just knew LV was going to win (ipad)

  • cl

    only voted once but i’m glad my fellow balenciaga lovers pulled through!! (ipad)

  • Elizabeth

    yay for the classy Bal (I’m a logo hater). Very impressed with how well HH did, they’re such an awesome company (ipad)

  • coachwife6

    Wow. Did not expect the voting to go that way. But the public has spoken. Interesting. (ipad)

  • Chells

    Love Balenciaga and glad to see others do too! (ipad)

  • Jenn

    congrats to all the choices (ipad)

  • Jenn

    not surprised that coach is there (ipad)

  • Jenn

    good choices folks (ipad)

  • Adrienne C

    way to go! (ipad)

  • Jenn

    good night! i will be dreaming of these bags and the (ipad)

  • Tina

    yay for louis vuitton! (ipad)

  • Thessa

    it’s still LV for me : ) (ipad)

  • joycee

    not surprised that bal got first belongs to bal imo hands down ;) effortlessly chic

  • Andrea

    Not surprised that Bal won (ipad)

  • window of happiness

    Love that Coach and Louis Vuitton got on the list. ( IPAD )

  • bowers

    Coach so “WASP” but have 4 Hayden-Harnett bags, one Olivia Harris.

  • Tracey G

    awesome choices! (ipad)

  • edoardo

    Balenciaga I think it’s the beste brand of the last 5 years. Ghesquiere overtakeshimself every time and develops things that are so amazing :)

    I’d like to see Proenza Schouler or Bottega Veneta and not Mulberry, but ook :)

  • Mochababe73

    I love that Coach won. They make wonderfully constructed handbags that last forever. And, there is something for everyone. Recently, I purchased a Hayden-Harnett bag from a resale shop, and I love it. I was surprised to see it because I have yet to see it in stores. The leather is wonderful and perfect for everyday use.
    For me, Balenciaga is one note. Other than the City bag, most of their styles are a little ho-hum and a shoot off from that one. I guess that this designer is just not my style. (iPad)

  • helen

    Coach is a good choice. With their newer Poppy collection, I think they’re trying to draw in a bigger crowd. (ipad)

  • MaRy

    That’s so awesome.. Love Louis (iPad)

  • Tangan

    Woot woot … Congratulations Balenciaga! And to us, Balen Addicts! :)

  • susan

    I was glad to see Coach on top….but again everyone it’s all about who voted and why. I would have thought LV would have done better since like Coach it has the most people on most of the time. I’m glad I voted..(ipad)

  • Marianna

    All these brands product great handbags but I have to give a special Hurray! for Coach! (ipad)

  • Angie

    Great to see the result ! Make me want to check out other brands as well! (iPad)

  • decembergirl

    Congratulations to Hayden-Harnett for getting 2nd place. It was such a close race to the huge Coach brand! They should really be proud of themselves. Their amazing, unique designs and delicious leathers really make them an amazing contemporary brand. It’s no surprise they were chosen by Walt Disney Signature to design the Fantasia and Tron lines.

  • sally


  • greenpixie

    Congrats to the winners! (ipad)

  • Sue E

    Nice my fave designers…(ipad)

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    I have a vintage Botkier that I continue to bring out for Winter use each year. (ipad)

  • Mitch

    Hurray for Balenciaga!! (ipad)

  • nick

    Yay! (ipad)

  • Brenda

    Congratulations to all! (ipad)

  • quimerula

    I can’t believe Chanel didn’t make it! (ipad).

  • Pam

    All right!! (ipad)

  • Christal

    Yay Coach First Place! Congrats to all Coachies for a well deserved win!
    Great designs, quality leather and outstanding customer service!

  • nini

    no Fendi? (ipad)

  • Teri

    Three cheers for Bal and LV! I’m surprised Chanel didn’t make the top three though. (ipad)

  • Melissa

    i think there are some surprises here- its good to see that the PB community modulating from year to year (ipad)

  • stella ofori

    LV didnt win cos i forgot to vote!!

  • Christine

    love balenciaga!! as for contemporary, not feelin them! (ipad)

  • swati

    i missed the poll but i am really surprised that BV and chanel did not figure in the top three.
    LV is no surprise though i personally do not like the brand’s offerings at all. I think the only bag i liked from lV was the neverfull in croc. it looked so luxurious. though no hope of owning that one in the near future (ipad)

  • Kathy

    Yea for Coach….they are always on my list (ipad)

  • ob la di ob la da

    yay mulberry! i adore my alexa. (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    Hurray for Balenciaga! Still my favorite bag. (ipad)

  • Amanda

    So happy for Botkier!(ipad)

  • wendy

    Congrats to the winners and those who made it a close race! (ipad)

  • Brenda

    Go LV! (iPad)

  • Bombonica

    Congrats for Balenciaga! love LV too and Mulberry, surprised that Chanel didn’t make it to the top


    I glad Coach – this is a company that has often reinvent itself and has a constant and very loyal following… including me…

  • lovelavie

    surprised me thought ~ no Chanel ? I do love LV and Coach. :) (ipad)

  • lovelavie

    I am really happy that coach made it. I really like Coach and have many coach bags. LOL (ipad)

  • Cindy

    Woot! Bal #1! Nice run for Treesje…love its quality. (ipad)

  • mango

    surprised at coach, LOVE botkier [die hard fan] so im not surprised at all (ipad)

  • mango

    can we get the top 10? (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Botkier has become so popular! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I see Botkier in SF all the time. (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    botkier is awesome! (ipad)

  • sharebear

    I so want a mulberry bayswater, but i have too many bags that I hardly use.. help! haha (iPad)

  • XXAL

    oh nos my mulbaby! it was in the lead for a little while.. o well, i can see why the two overrated brands won! def overrated! (ipad)

  • Ken Vien

    Nice my fave designers…(ipad)

  • Tiffany

    Where’s Chanel? :/ (ipad)

  • Mishiemonroe

    Great choices! Botkier’s Spring 2011 campaign is awesome! (ipad)

  • Jen

    Yay, my 2 favorite designers, Balenciaga and Mulberry! Not a fan of the others.. (ipad)

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  • Jelita78

    way to go COACH !!
    my fav brands of all times!
    best in product!
    best in support!
    best in customer service! (ipad)

  • Cathy Fitz

    Congrats to the winning sub-forum members! (ipad)

  • Isabelle

    A great option is the Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Mini!!
    It’s got a similar satchel-like shape with the rocker attitude and is more affordable but still good quality.

    You can find it on eBay:

    The leather is so soft!! Such a classic, iconic bag with an attitude!!
    Love it!!! (ipad)

  • Jen

    Love Coach! (ipad)

  • samantha

    LoVe LV!!(ipad)

  • Lina


  • KY

    Where is Chanel? :( (ipad)

  • Emma Glass

    Well deserved Balenciaga (ipad)

  • Elaine

    Go Balenciaga! Their bags fit so well into daily life. (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    i am excited whom bag the premier list award, esp LV. (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    i am though very disaapointed about the contemporary list, coach beat Botkier sad face. (ipad)

  • Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    Congrats to all the entrants! (ipad)

  • Smith

    coach? really people? ugh (ipad)

  • Deborah Curran

    I voted daily for Hayden Harnett and sorry that they didn’t win – ipad

  • Ira Martin

    Go Balenciaga!

  • Ira Martin

    Go Balenciaga (ipad)

  • Heidi

    Surprised..but extremely happy to see Hayden-Harnett make top 3. Their bags are of great quality and definitely very well made. (ipad)

  • mango

    surprised about the coach :-/ (ipad)

  • Desaria

    all awesome designers (ipad)

  • nini

    Also surprised about Coach (ipad)

  • wendy

    Congrats to the winners and the runners up! I’m not surprised about Coach because they posted the link to the voting on their FB and twitter pages and they have a large (1,000,000+) fan base. HH and Botkier did incredibly well for having a smaller following. (ipad)