The number of handbags that I’d call true classics is relatively limited. The Hermès Birkin and Kelly fit the bill, of course, as do the Chanel Classic Flap and Gucci Bamboo Bags and staples like the Louis Vuitton Speedy and Noé. All of those bags have been around for decades, though; what’s next?

We don’t have any firm answers to that question, of course, but we’re in a pretty good period for potentially classic bags right now–designs that have been around for a few seasons and have proved popular with consumers, but that aren’t so aggressively 2015-looking that they will soon feel dated. We talked it over in the office, and the results are the bags below, alongside our rationale for why they might make it for the long haul. Let us know which one you believe will last forever, as well as which bags we missed, in the comments.

Céline Classic Box Bag
$3,900 via Céline Boutiques

This bag has the word “classic” right there in the name, and that’s hardly the only indicator that it could go on to be appreciated by future generations. Luxurious, elegant and walks the line between “discreet” and “distinct” like a champ.

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Chanel Boy Bag
$7,000 via Chanel Boutiques

Chanel built this bag in the image of a proven classic with the intent of appealing to a younger customer base, and it’s been a resounding success. Only time will tell, but the Boy Bag’s bones are strong.

Chanel-Boy-Bag

Christian Dior Diorissimo Bag
Available via Dior Boutiques

The Diorissimo is a softer, more casual extension of the ideas that have long worked well in the Lady Dior, and as commercial fashion becomes more about wearable, everyday clothes, the Diorissimo is likely to weather the tests of time well.

Christian-Dior-Diorissimo-Bag

Fendi Peekaboo Bag
$3,450 via Bergdorf Goodman

With the Peekaboo, Fendi has done something curious: brought a recent design back from the dead for a second tour through the spotlight. I can think of no other brand that’s been able to do that in recent memory (lord knows that Chloé really wanted it to happen for the Paddington), and the fact that the Peekaboo’s second act was so easily successful bodes well for the design’s long-term staying power.

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Givenchy Antigona Bag
$2,435 via Bergdorf Goodman

Like many of these bags, the Antigona carefully toes the line between subtle and notable. Its popularity has been strong for years now, but it’s never quite hit the point of eye-rolling ubiquity that the Céline Luggage Tote (or the Chloé Paddington before it) did. In this case, that’s a good sign for the design’s potential longevity as a cool-girl staple.

Givenchy-Antigona-Bag

Gucci Jackie Soft Shoulder Bag
$2,350 via Gucci

This new design owes its DNA to a long line of classic Jackie bags, but the particularly elegant finish of this latest generation has us hopeful for a full-on

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Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag
$625 via Barneys

This bag is primed for popularity over the long haul. The brand manufactures in small batches in a single Italian factory, the design is spare and classic and the bag itself is functional–roomy and light as a feather.

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Prada Saffiano Double Zip Tote
$2,500 via Bergdorf Goodman

Really, this could be any of Prada’s saffiano totes; they’ve all become part of the Successful Working Woman Fashion Canon, and their longevity as such has been ensured by none other than TV’s most popular boardroom superstar, Olivia Pope.

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Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag
$1,575 via Moda Operandi

The PS1 is a handbag feat that Proenza Schouler has yet to top. The bag is a perfect match to a particular kind of downtown cool girl, and the bag looks to have transitioned fairly well from it’s super-popular heyday to the position of brand staple; that’s crucial if a bag is going to turn into a classic, and it’s the step at which most bags falter.

Proenza-Schouler-PS1-Bag

Saint Laurent Monogramme Mini Bag
$1,990 via Net-a-Porter

With a big, iconic logo, 70s-inspired tassel and teeny-tiny size, this bag has the potential to be the go-to choice of party girls for years to come. I can only imagine how much fun it would be to have one of these little bags passed down to me from the back of my mom’s closet on, say, my 21st birthday.

Saint-Laurent-Monogramme-Mini-Bagh

Valentino Lock Shoulder Bag
$2,345 via Neiman Marcus

The Rockstuds have had more longevity than I could have ever predicted, and probably more than Valentino ever dreamed. When the topic has come up among my other friends in fashion, there seems to be something of a consensus that the shoes in particular have already started to become classics; the mix of femininity and edge is just about perfect. If any of the bags make the jump, my money is on this sleek little shoulder bag.

Valentino-Lock-Shoulder-Bag
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A
A
8 years ago

What about the balenciaga city bag?

laura
laura
8 years ago
Reply to  A

I thought the same questions. That one is a classic too.

Yoshi1296
Yoshi1296
8 years ago
Reply to  laura

I think Balenciaga City is an old classic along with the classic flap, Birkin, Kelly etc. It came out way before the bags featured above.

Edia
Edia
8 years ago

gucci really?

Dylan Propst
Dylan Propst
7 years ago
Reply to  Edia

They have to include it. Gucci sponsors TPB

laura
laura
8 years ago

I don’t agree with the Celine, Gucci and Mansur Gavriel bags you chose. I don’t see them as the new classics but I might be wrong. I would add to the list the Balenciaga City, LV Alma and Neverfull or the Goyard St. Louis.

AAAA
AAAA
8 years ago

Def need the Balenciaga City. That bag has had over a decade of popularity. I think it is way too soon to say that the Mansur Gavriel bags will be a classic.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
8 years ago
Reply to  AAAA

These are new classics – the Balenciaga City has been around for a decade, these bags are all newer and making a major impact.

I put Balenciaga in the same category as Hermes Birkin, LV Speedy, Chanel Classic Flap – it is newer than the others but still has held its position for a long time now!

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
8 years ago

I agree with others about the Balenciaga City, however, I also think the Celine Box and Diorissimo are well on their way to being classics. Even the prada Saffiano tote.

Amanda Mull
8 years ago
Reply to  Mya Wilkes

In my mind, the Balenciaga City is already a classic. More than a decade of popularity over a very fickle period for fashion is enough to get it that distinction. That’s why it wasn’t included! We were thinking more along the lines of what might make the jump in the future.

Youssy Toposi
8 years ago

The Mansur Gavriel is really great and I’m obsessed with mine and at 1/10th of the chanel boy bag, definitely more affordable. But the Chanel boy bag, I can’t wait to have but it’s hard to justify the price.

P.S totally agree for the Balenciaga City!

Liz
Liz
8 years ago

I disagree about the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. They’re cute bags(I preordered a mini mini from M’O) but the brand hasn’t established itself amongst some of these other persevering heavyweights. I think it’s way too early to tell. No Hermes or Goyard?

Amanda Mull
8 years ago
Reply to  Liz

Most Hermes and Goyard bags are already classics! These are bags that we think might be destined to be classics one day. It’s too early to tell on all of them, but we looked in our crystal balls a bit and made some guesses.

Guest
Guest
8 years ago

I definitely see the boy bag having longevity.

A
A
8 years ago

I’d love to know why you guys chose to leave out the mini luggage or trapeze bags?

Eli
Eli
8 years ago
Reply to  A

I think the luggage should still be here even if it is not as popular as before. It did reach its peak but it is still as iconic as it used to be. Probably a better choice than the others on this list. The Paddington is a different story. Similar to the Neverfull and Goyard St. Louis–not as popular as they used to be, but still iconic in recognition.

Amanda Mull
8 years ago
Reply to  A

I think that both of those bags had such a saturated peak in popularity that it will probably prevent them from having longevity over the long haul; the same thing happened to the Chloé Paddington. When a design becomes too closely tied to a particular moment or era, that can hurt its future popularity. The bags that are likely to become classics are those that are popular but not quite ubiquitous.

Dylan
Dylan
8 years ago
Reply to  A

They’re declining in popularity, I think.

missarewa
missarewa
8 years ago

I think the Prada saff totes and the Anitgona will attain classic status

GG Pastel