The number of handbags most consider true classics is fairly limited. The iconic Louis Vuitton Speedy and Noé fit the bill, and the Alma can even be grouped in there. With Hermès, the Birkin and the Kelly are widely known as some of the world’s most recognizable classics. And, of course, there’s the Chanel Classic Flap and 2.55 Reissue, which have become staples of the handbag world. All the bags mentioned have earned their place in handbag history, remaining relevant and beloved for decades.
The idea of a classic is truly changing, and as fashion enters a new generation, it’s making room for a whole new batch of bags that are fighting hard to stand the test of time. These new classics seem to be in it for the long haul, a testament to their relevance and timeless appeal despite the changing trend cycle. Right now, we’re in a pretty good period for potential new classics. We’re talking about designs that have been around for a few seasons and have proven popular with consumers. While, of course, only time will tell, we have a pretty good feeling about the bags below.
Let us know which ones you believe will last forever and which bags we missed in the comments.
Dior Saddle Bag
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been half a decade since Dior re-released one of its most popular and sought-after bags of all time. The Saddle Bag hit the scene again in 2018, and it was an instant hit once again. While fans of the bag’s original run collectively rejoiced at the sight of one of the 2000s most iconic bags, a new generation was also introduced to it. Since its return to the Dior lineup, the Saddle Bag has remained an integral part of each Dior Collection, reimagined and reinvigorated season after season by Maria Grazia Chiuri. It’s a shape that stands out, and it has cemented its place as one of the most important bags of our time.
The Fendi Baguette has been one of many It-bags of yesteryear to make its triumphant return to the spotlight, and it has become a staple in the closets and hearts of many. When the original was released in 1997 it helped in large part to define a specific era in fashion, and the re-edition has done just the same. Taking its place beside the Dior Saddle Bag on the list as one of the most important handbags of modern handbag history, the Fendi Baguette is here to stay.
Gucci Jackie 1961
While it’s relatively newer to the revival scene, the Gucci Jackie 1961 has all the makings of a true classic—clean lines, simple silhouette, and historical context. Renamed the Jackie 1961 after its original year of creation, the Gucci Jackie is one of the oldest bags on this list. Its hardware is instantly recognizable, but in leather, it possesses a more understated luxe appeal, very if you know, you know.
A controversial take to some, but this #NewCeline bag is earning its staying power. The Celine Triomphe has all the elements of a new classic, or at the very least, a cult classic. Luxe and elegant, its shape is discreet and chic, and if not for the logo hardware, you wouldn’t immediately peg it as Celine. Reminiscent of the classic box bag, the Celine Triomphe has become a staple of Hedi Slimane’s time at the House.
Loewe Puzzle Bag
When it comes to staying power, the Loewe Puzzle bag has proven its relevancy time and time again. The Puzzle is one of those rare bags that feels fresh and innovative, yet not completely trend-driven that it becomes boring or old news. While new shapes have been added to the Puzzle line-up, what makes the Puzzle so unique is that the original has remained coveted since it was first introduced in 2014.
Louis Vuitton Pochette Métis
Admittedly, the Pochette Métis is the most divisive addition to this list, so let’s discuss it! Introduced in 2012, the Pochette Métis was actually a bit of a slow burn. The shape was not an overnight sensation, rather it took a few years for it to really take off, but by the late 2010s, the Pochette Métis was one of the most-wanted Louis Vuitton bags of the moment, with the waitlists to prove it. It has continued to work its way into the hearts and closets of collectors and remains one of the brand’s most beloved and recognizable silhouettes. Not to mention, a decade later, it’s still around. However, the bag’s staying power and trend appeal continue to be widely discussed, eliciting strong opinions from people.