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The New Classics: Do You Think These Bags Have Made the Leap to Icon Status?

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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.

Dior Saddle Bag

Dior Saddle Bag
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Fendi Baguette

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.

Fendi Baguette

Fendi Baguette Bag
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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.

Gucci Jackie 1961 White

Celine Triomphe

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.

Celine Triomphe Shoulder Bag

Celine Triomphe Bag
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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.

Loewe Puzzle Bag Red Mini

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.

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Eunaddict
Eunaddict
10 months ago

The Triomphe is definitely not classic icon status, it’s been around for like what 4 years? And I still don’t see it anywhere – been to Asia, Europe and Australasia in the last quarter.

Dior Saddle – yes, Loewe Puzzle – yes, Fendi Baguette – yes. The rest are iffy at best and absolute no at worst.

Alejandrina
Alejandrina
9 months ago
Reply to  Eunaddict

Not that it matters, but the Celine Triomphe has been around for decades. I have my grandmothers from the 70s. I believe you are entirely missing the point of this post. The author is not discussing how long something has been around to be considered a “classic”. Instead, they are talking about a bag’s ability to move forward season after season and not appear dated. The Off-White Jitney, Jacquemus bags, Fendi Kan I, etc., are great examples of bags that are not classics because they are very dated and remind many of a particular season or period in fashion. However, bags like the Loewe Puzzle bag (though it is not on my list), Bottega Veneta Jodie and Andiamo, and the new Celine Triomphe have shown to have the capability to be timeless classics like a Chanel Classic Flap/Reissue, an Hermes Kelly/Birkin, a Louis Vuitton Speedy, or a Lady Dior because season after season they have carried forward and do not tie themselves to a particular trend.

N R
N R
10 months ago

I would say yes for Fendi Baguette, Loewe Puzzle and maybe Dior saddle. Not sure about the rest.

Hervé
Hervé
10 months ago

The Loewe Puzzle bag is already dated.

J B
J B
10 months ago

IMO a classic is a bag that’s been around awhile but is simple enough so that it never feels dated. Maybe small updates to size and hardware keep it current but the vintage version is just as appealing. It may be everywhere or you rarely see it. Bags that temporarily resurface bc of a social media trend or tv show don’t qualify because they fade away. The neverfull fits the bill although many bag snobs will poo poo it even tho it’s almost $2k these days. It’s proven itself and has had staying power and can you tell what year it’s from? I agree with the Gucci Jackie…it’s timeless. I would add horsebit and Diana. I would be happy with a vintage or new version. Many Celine bags from the Phoebe era fit the bill as well.

Kaly
Kaly
10 months ago
Reply to  J B

Agreed, I’d add the Celine Luggage to this list

NED
NED
10 months ago

My icons would be:

Prada double zip galleria, or re-edition
Gucci Jackie or 1955 Horsebit shoulder bag
YSL Envelope shoulder bag
Fendi Baguette
Dior Saddle
reluctantly, the LV neverfull
of course, Chanel flap

Don’t think I’d put Celine or Loewe on this list.

Kim
Kim
4 months ago
Reply to  NED

Yes of course (to coco’s flap or any quilted)

Susan
Susan
10 months ago
Reply to  NED

Hermes?

NED
NED
10 months ago
Reply to  Susan

Naturally! Without question B & K

Cynthia Rizzetta
Cynthia Rizzetta
10 months ago

I have 3 LV Métis. For me they are the perfect size! I’m looking to add another. They are icons in my closet!

Terri
Terri
10 months ago

I’m a big fan of Dior but personally, I don’t think that the Saddle is here to stay, just like how it was decades ago.

Adangerousbeauti
Adangerousbeauti
10 months ago

no to the Loewe, Celine triomphe and LV pochette metis

You forgot about the Dior Lady Dior and the Fendi peekaboo

psny15
psny15
10 months ago

I think everyone of these bags is a classic minus the louis vuitton monogram mess

barbara
barbara
4 months ago

Hooray for the Celine Triomphe. I absolutely love mine and keep wanting more of the same bag because of all the beautiful colors. It feels like a classic, so I couldn’t agree more. Plus, the leather is stunning..