The 'Kelly' bag by Hermès
One of the most coveted bags in the world, the 'Kelly' was named after Grace Kelly after the Monegasque princess took a liking to it when she was gifted one by Hermès. It was only fitting to name the bag in her honour, and since then, they've become one of the brand's most exclusive accessories, rivalled only by its sibling piece, the 'Birkin' bag (more on that later).
The 'Jackie' bag by Gucci
Few stylish women were idolised as much as ex-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who was known for helping popularise European fashion brands in the U.S. market. Her influence was so great, that Gucci decided to dedicate a handbag to her, naming their famous shoulder-bag design the 'Jackie' when it debuted in the '70s (the above picture shows Kennedy wearing one).
Always an iconic piece, the 'Jackie' bag made a comeback on the runway at the brand's spring/summer '20 menswear show, re-vamped by current creative director Alessandro Michele. No matter the era, it'll always be a classic.
The 'Nylon' bag by Prada
Introduced in the '90s, Prada's famous 'Nylon' bags became well-known for being exactly what they are — simple, nylon accessories, adorned with the brand's famous triangle logo. They were also less expensive than other leather accessories offered by Prada, and remain a great starting point for anyone looking to foray into luxury accessories. You'll also probably remember them as the ultimate '90s cool-kid piece (remember when Prada backpacks were name-dropped in 10 Things I Hate About You?).
Weirdly enough, Prada never showed their Nylon bags on the runway — that is, until 2018, when they finally began appearing in Prada fashion shows.
The 'Pouch' bag by Bottega Veneta
The 'Pouch' bag had one of the quickest ascensions to It-handbag status after it was introduced in 2019. As part of creative director Daniel Lee's reinvention of Bottega Veneta, an Italian maison known for their premium leatherware, the bag ended up becoming the best-selling accessory in the history of Kering (the international fashion conglomerate that owns brands like Gucci and Saint Laurent).
Coming in different leather variants and priced at over $3,000, the bag created significant fanfare for Bottega Veneta, and is a regular fixture on @newbottega, the Instagram page dedicated to Lee's designs.
The '16' bag by Celine
One of the most-anticipated moments in fashion history came when designer Hedi Slimane replaced Phoebe Philo and took the helm of fashion house Celine (then 'Céline'). Amid the major anticipation, Slimane only gave fans one hint at what his Celine would look like, by debuting the '16' handbag, his first-ever design for Celine. He gave it to none other than Lady Gaga, who wore it out and about in Paris while on the press tour for A Star Is Born.
While the debut of 'New Celine' initially drew a very mixed response and came with criticism from fans of Phoebe Philo, the gorgeous '16' bag heralded a new era of covetable Celine accessories, and we're currently obsessed with any of Slimane's handbags.
The 'Birkin' bag by Hermès
The story behind the creation of Hermès' iconic 'Birkin' handbag is one of the most serendipitous in fashion history. If you didn't already know, the bag is named after iconic actress Jane Birkin, who, by chance, bumped into Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas on a flight in 1983. When she spilled the contents of her bag and complained of not being able to find a good carry-all, Dumas vowed to create a bag just for her, and thus, a legendary accessory was born.
Today, it's not uncommon to be waitlisted for months or even years to gain access to a 'Birkin' bag, which are regarded as the most exclusive handbag in production. They've also become a mainstay on the arms of celebrities (like Kendall Jenner, above) and come in various different sizes, from miniature to travel-size. You can also expect to pay at least $11,000 (and even up to $150,000 or more, for some of the more unique materials and sizes) to get your hands on one.
The 'Baguette' bag by Fendi
Interestingly enough, the show was what actually gave the 'Baguette' a significant chunk of its credibility. The bag was created a year before SATC premiered in 1998, and its selection by costume designer Patricia Field was one of the main factors in helping it attain It-handbag status. Due to it becoming synonymous with Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker herself appeared in a commercial celebrating the 'Baguette' in 2019, exclaiming: "This is not a bag, this is a Baguette!"
The 'Bobby' bag by Dior
Released at the brand's autumn/winter '20 runway show, the Dior 'Bobby' bag is one of the latest in the maison's highly popular leather accessories lineup. Interestingly enough, the bag is named after Monsieur Christian Dior's dog, Bobby, and is symbolic of the perfect kind of companionship.
The 'Lady Dior' bag by Dior
Like the Hermès 'Kelly' and 'Birkin' and the Gucci 'Jackie', Dior's 'Lady Dior' bag draws its name from another infinite style icon — Princess Diana. The bag was first launched in 1994 with no name, but was named in Diana's honour a year later after she was gifted one by the President and First Lady of France.
The bag's iconic silhouette became so synonymous with Diana's timeless style, that it was only natural to name the bag after her. Dior still sells the piece today, in its classic forms and in more seasonal patterns and fabrics.