Muse #8 on Top Ten List

  1. Posted on about.com:

    Top 10 "It" Bags

    An "It-Bag" is a designer handbag that is deemed the "must-have" item of the moment as a result of a combination of celebrity usage, clever marketing techniques, superior quality and their ability to represent the mood of the season. They are generally produced in limited edition quantities.

    These are the 10 "It" bags of seasons past and present, that we feel every handbag enthusiast should own, or at least know about.

    1. Hermes Birkin
    The Hermès Birkin bag is named after the iconic actress Jane Birkin, who once had a highly public relationship with influential french singer, Serge Gainsbourg, to whom she bore a child (Charlotte Gainsbourg). The 'Birkin' is the symbol of ultimate luxury, due in part to its exposure on popular television shows such as 'Sex and the City'. An authentic 'Birkin' costs upwards of $6,000 and can have a waiting time of up to 2 years.


    2. Chanel 2.55
    This little classic will always be "in". It was born in 1955 (hence the name 2.55) after Coco Chanel decided she wanted a shoulder bag to free up her hands and is inspired py the quilting on Jockeys coats. Karl Lagerfeld released a second, updated version in 2006.

    3. Chloe Paddington
    The Chloe Paddington was created by designer Phoebe Philo in 2005 and is considered to be the quintessential 'Boho-Chic' bag because of it's slouchy, unstructured shape and exposure by stars such as Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, who are known for their bohemian sense of style. A leather Paddington typically costs around $1,500.

    4. Balenciaga 'City' Motorcycle
    Balenciaga's line of motorcycle-inspired handbags are created out of distressed goat leather, which is what gives them their unique, relaxed shape. The 'City' bag in particular, caused quite a stir after becoming the official handbag of choice for notorious fashionistas like Mary-Kate Olsen. The Balenciaga 'City' bag is not available online and retails for about $1,200.

    5. Alexander McQueen Novak
    The Alexander McQueen Novak represents the structured shapes of Fall 2005 and was inspired by Kim Novak, a vintage-era starlet who appeared in Alfred Hitchcock films. It's original run consisted of a mere 200 bags, which caused mass hysteria among handbag lovers everywhere and elevated the bag into permanent "It" status.

    6. Marc Jacobs Stam
    The Marc Jacobs 'Stam' is named after the designers close friend, Canadian Supermodel, Jessica Stam. The bag features quilting and gold hardware similar to that of classic quilted Chanel bags, but differentiates itself with it's relaxed look, gusseted frame and kiss-lock closure. Practically everyone in Hollywood has one and it retails online for around $1,300.

    7. Fendi Spy
    The Fendi S/S 06 'Spy' Bag is priced starting at $2,100 and is a favorite of style stars like Hilary Duff and Linda Evangelista. It's notorious status is caused partly by it's enormous waiting list, which can last up to 3 years.

    8. YSL Muse
    The Yves Saint Laurent muse is a status bag of the highest quality. Crafted out of the finest embossed leather, this oversize structured tote features expertly minimalist gold hardware and is often carried by celebrities such as Katie Holmes, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss and Jessica Alba. They are often sold out and are priced starting around $1,200.

    9. Prada Gauffre
    One of the latest "It-bags" to hit the market is the Fall/Winter 06/07 Prada Gauffre. Victoria Beckham, Halle Berry, Beyonce and Madonna have all been photographed with theirs. It is made of Nappa leather and retails for $1,800-2,650.

    10. Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 30
    The Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 30 is more of a mainstay classic than a trend, but that doesn't stop it from maintaining "must-have" status all year round! Jessica Simpson carries hers practically every day. It is the ideal city bag, featuring a roomy interior with natural cowhide exterior and golden hardware. Price: $620.
     
  2. I am surprised they omitted Jimmy Choo's...:hrmm:

    I also didn't know the Novak was that popular!
     
  3. I'm surprised that the Speedy wasn't higher on the list?

    Really glad to see the Muse there, it totally deserves it's status as an "IT" bag, IMO.
     
  4. I was also surprised to see the Novak. It's a gorgeous bag, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone carrying one IRL. I have seen all the others, in fact it seems you can't spit and not hit a Speedy here in LA (not to disparage Speedy's, it's just that they're ubiquitous).
     
  5. I think it's hard to pick any LV bag to put up there. It's the wide selection and the new editions of the classics (among others the speedy) that maked it so popular.

    It's a little surprising that the Novak and MJ is up there though...
     

  6. :roflmfao: That's funny!

    I have never seen the Novak IRL, either. :shrugs:
     
  7. Doesn't seem right. I would definitely put the Speedy at #3. The Birkin, 2.55, and Speedy seem to me the 3 must haves in terms of timelessness (and therefore "it" status).
     
  8. I am biased because I love my Novak, but I think one of the things that gives the Novak cachet is that it is less ubiquitous. I have seen them a few times but not often. It is definitely a fabulous bag and I remember the complete pandemonium when they first came out and no one could get one. I was desperate for one.

    I think it's a pretty good list!
     
  9. Whoever wrote that needs a HUGE reality check on the price of a Birkin!!! :huh:

    You can't touch a decent used one for 6K any more !
     
  10. ^^^
    that's what i was thinking!

    about.com needs a new bag "expert" if this is their top 10 list.
     
  11. Maybe it's not a 2007 list? I can't find it, but I think I've seen it before, maybe a couple of years ago.
    Although, if they are classics, I guess the list shouldn't change much year to year.:yes:
     
  12. ^ I think the list is from A/W '06, as it mentions the Prada Gauffre as being 'One of the latest 'it bags''. :smile:

    Personally, I wouldn't classify the Hermes Birkin and Chanel 2.55 as 'it' bags; as they were first created well before the term 'it bag' was coined.

    I also feel that the bag that caused the term to be coined, in the first place, should definitely be mentioned in a top ten of 'it bags', which I believe was the Fendi Baguette, wasn't it?

    I don't think I would have included the Prada Gauffre in a top ten list, either (and I think it was probably only included as it was the most recent, which seems a pretty illogical way to go about creating a definitive top ten, to me!), as I'm sure there have been far bigger selling and/or more in-demand bags than that (a few other Chloes, like the Bracelet Bag, Silverado and Edith spring to [my, no doubt, biased] mind, for example. Or, as others have mentioned, the JC Ramona).
     

  13. But isn't that the point? The definition of an 'It bag' isn't that it's timeless, it's that it's the bag of the moment.

    'It' bags may, later, become staple, signature styles that hang around forever, or they may disappear without trace after one, or two, seasons; but what makes them 'it' bags is that, at the time of their release, lots of people want them (normally due to heavy advertising and celebrity endorsement). :smile:
     

  14. I think the Novak was (rightfully) included, because so many people wanted it and would have bought it when it first came out, had they been able to (but most of them couldn't get hold of one, as so few were produced).

    As HitchcockBlonde says, it was the initial demand for the Novak and the fact that it instantly sold-out, that made it an 'it bag'; not the numbers produced.

    Exclusivity often had a big influence on whether a bag became an 'it bag' and bags that were produced in large numbers were generally viewed as less exclusive than those that were produced in smaller numbers.

    The fact that new bag designs of the past, like the Novak, were heavily advertised and yet, simultaneously, rumoured to be in short supply, made them appear exclusive. This perceived exclusivity boosted demand even further and therefore, quickly elevated them to 'it bag' status (even though not many people actually owned them). :smile: