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30 Designer Handbags That Will Last A Lifetime

These are the styles that will never go out of style, from Saint Laurent to Gucci, Burberry to Dior.
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With Christmas and a new year on the horizon, you may be on the lookout for the ultimate new-season accessory, a new handbag. If you're thinking of splurging on a new designer bag, then it is worth considering a style that will stand the test of time. Here, we round up 30 of the best designer handbags which are unlikely to date anytime soon.

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With Christmas and the new year approaching, you may be looking for the ideal new-season item, a new handbag, to reward yourself or a loved one with.

If you’re thinking about spending on a new designer bag, it’s worth contemplating a style that will last rather than a one-season wonder that will wind up gathering dust in the back of your closet. For this, the best choice is to either go to the classics – some of which may have been given a modern makeover but are still very much trend-free – or to purchase designs with an infinite elegance about them (think timeless colours, seasonless silhouettes and trusty fabrics).

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30 Of The Best Designer Handbags

So, here are 30 of the greatest designer handbags that are unlikely to date anytime soon and will never seem like a bad investment. Many of the names in this round-up will be recognisable to you; timeless classics from Chanel, Fendi, and Dior, but you will also find new styles from historical companies and new names to know in the world of luxury handbags. These are the items that are truly worth investing on, whether you’re treating yourself or seeking for a one-of-a-kind gift, looking for an evening bag or a tote for the office. These are designer labels you can rely on.

If you’re searching for a less expensive solution, we’ve got you covered. Check out our roundup of the top designer handbags under £500. To see what next season has in store, check out our round-up of the top bags from the autumn/winter 2022 catwalks. Don’t forget about used clothing. Check out the finest luxury resale sites before selling your old bag or looking for a used deal.

Cleo bag
Prada
Cleo bag

The Cleo purse is inspired by vintage Prada. With its sleek and streamlined style, it’s easy to understand why it’s become a major favourite with fashion editors and influencers all over the world.

Gucci's Horsebit bag
Gucci
Gucci's Horsebit bag

Gucci’s Horsebit bag debuted in 1955 and remains one of the house’s most famous versions today. This style comes with both a leather and a colourful canvas strap, giving you even more options.

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JW Anderson
small Chain shoulder bag

JW Anderson’s Hobo bag has a casual slouchy feel to it with a heavy gold chain.

Park suede tote bag
The Row
Park suede tote bag

When it comes to timeless masterpieces that never go out of style, The Row is unrivalled. The Park tote in brown suede from the US company is great for upgrading your fall outfit.

Dolce & Gabbana
Medium Sicily bag in Dauphine calfskin

Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicily bag is available in a variety of colours and is a year-round favourite. The ladylike form means it can spice up any outfit, but it is also the ideal size for carrying about on a daily basis.

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Twist MM Bag
Louis Vuitton
Twist MM Bag

Add some glitz to any outfit with Louis Vuitton’s stunning Twist MM bag, which comes in a variety of colours.

La Medusa leather tote bag
Versace
La Medusa leather tote bag

Versace can always be counted on to add a touch of elegance to your outfit, and this top-handled leather bag will do exactly that. The design also has an attachable shoulder strap.

Dior
Medium Dior Book Tote

It’s easy to understand why Dior’s Book Tote is still so popular – the design, which has quickly become a house classic, is the ideal way to elevate any daytime look.

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Chanel
Mini 2.55 Handbag

This iconic Chanel 2.55 handbag is an excellent investment that will never go out of style – and it is versatile enough to be used from day to night.

Saint Laurent
Kaia Small leather shoulder bag

We like YSL’s new-season Kaia purse, which is sure to become a favourite in your wardrobe.

Loewe
Puzzle Mini leather shoulder bag

Loewe’s Puzzle bag is available in a wide range of colours and sizes, including this compact, textured one in sand, which would look great in any woman’s outfit.

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1993 pre-owned Kelly 35 bag
Hermès
1993 pre-owned Kelly 35 bag

Here’s a bag that needs no introduction: the Hermès Birkin, one of the most renowned purses of all time and notoriously difficult to get. Farfetch’s vintage offering, on the other hand, is now selling a pre-owned Birkin from 1993, which won’t be available for long.

Classique Triomphe Bag In Natural Calfskin
Celine
Classique Triomphe Bag In Natural Calfskin

Celine is a favourite for stylish accessories made from the finest materials. This Triomphe bag is really distinctive – a characteristic shape that comes in a variety of classic colours, including navy and brown, and is a perfect complement to your everyday outfit.

Trunk medium textured-leather shoulder bag
Marni
Trunk medium textured-leather shoulder bag

Marni’s Trunk crossbody, which comes with a striking logo canvas strap, is another fantastic day-to-day handbag that will work all year.

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Hourglass S grained-leather bag
Balenciaga
Hourglass S grained-leather bag

Balenciaga’s Hourglass bag’s sculptural profile lends a modern touch to a traditional, flexible design that you’ll be able to keep in your armoury for years to come.

Alexander McQueen
The Curve small leather bucket bag

The Curve is one of Alexander McQueen’s chicest new accessory choices, but it’s a style that we hope will last for decades. The leather bag has a harness-inspired form and can be worn as a crossbody or on the shoulder simply adjusting the length of the strap.

Givenchy
Beige Leather Small 4G Bag

Givenchy’s 4G bag is sleek, simple, and indisputably gorgeous, with a removable and adjustable shoulder strap that allows you to carry it in numerous ways.

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Cassette intrecciato leather shoulder bag
Bottega Veneta
Cassette intrecciato leather shoulder bag

This Cassette bag, another stunning design from Daniel Lee’s tenure at Bottega, has become a firm favourite among fashion journalists. We prefer the bright orange for a pop of colour, but there are lots of more subdued options as well.

Kattie leather shoulder bag
Chloé
Kattie leather shoulder bag

We like Chloé’s little Kattie purse, which is composed of incredibly soft leather and has bold, sculptural gold hardware.

Grace large smooth-leather shoulder bag
APC
Grace large smooth-leather shoulder bag

APC is an excellent brand to know for inexpensive designer handbags. The Half Moon bag is a true classic, but we also adore this Grace version, which is ideal for everyday usage.

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Valentino Garavani
Valentino Garavani Stud Sign textured-leather tote

Valentino’s ‘Stud Sign’ purse is a new design for AW21 that is a great wear-forever style.

Off-White
Jackhammer 17 quilted leather shoulder bag

Off-Jackhammer White’s crossbody boasts a quilted leather finish with the label’s iconic emblem on the front if you’re looking for an everyday bag that still delivers a punch.

medium 1945 Heritage monogram jacquard bag
Balmain
medium 1945 Heritage monogram jacquard bag

With his current collection, Olivier Rousteing was inspired by founder Pierre Balmain’s strongest mid-century creations, which includes the 1945 bags, all of which would add a bit old-school beauty into your life.

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Pillow Tabby Shoulder Bag 26
Valentino Garavani
Pillow Tabby Shoulder Bag 26

Coach’s fun pillow bag is very covetable with its squishy soft leather – and it comes in a variety of vibrant and more muted colours.

O'Lock embellished leather shoulder bag
Fendi
O'Lock embellished leather shoulder bag

The Baguette is Fendi’s most famous handbag, but we also love the house’s curving ‘O’Lock’ bag, which comes with both a long and a short strap, allowing you to carry it crossbody or tuck it under your arm. This timeless black leather bag with tortoiseshell hardware is a real capsule essential.

Burberry
Hampshire coated-canvas and leather cross-body bag

This leather crossbody is the ideal back-to-work accessory. The neutral colour and compact size will complement any workplace ensemble.

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Angèle 20 XS laser-cut leather tote
Alaïa
Angèle 20 XS laser-cut leather tote

We adore Alaa’s evening take on the bucket bag, the Rose Marie, which comes in a variety of colours and textures. Choose this laser-cut leather to express one of the house’s most recognisable trademarks.

Small Palmellato-leather la Prima bag
Giorgio Armani
Small Palmellato-leather la Prima bag

Keep it sleek, simple, and beautiful with Giorgio Armani’s La Prima purse, which can be worn over the shoulder or cross-body and comes in a variety of colourful and classic colours.

small Taos crossbody bag
Jil Sander
small Taos crossbody bag

Jil Sander is all about quality and simplicity, making it an excellent choice for investment handbags that will never go out of style. We adore this elegant, boxy look for work or the weekend.

3.1 Phillip Lim
Alix chain crossbody bag

The Alix bag is a 3.1 Phillip Lim classic that comes in a variety of sizes and colorways. This black leather version with silver hardware is perfect for dressing up your regular ensembles.

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The main handbag guideline is to choose a handbag that contrasts with the contour of your body. Always try them on like you would clothing. Check all angles: If you are tall and slender, select handbags that are short and slouchy in shape.

Burlap Untreated burlap sacks, which may be purchased at feed or hardware stores, are the most widely used bags for temporary protective barriers. For many years, the military and government have utilised burlap sandbags. They can withstand all types of harsh weather and are extremely beneficial for flood and traffic management.

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