Most women can admire a excellent, high-quality purse. Handbags can comp Even Hillary Clinton admits she “loves a good handbag,” in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. In step with the worldwide handbags Market document – 2013 version, the fashion designer handbag category is among the quickest developing categories within the posh market. After taking a nostril dive in 2009 due the fiscal problem, clothier purses are making a comeback.
Top Trendy Handbag Designers
Coach prides itself on providing customers with affordable luxury. This American brand has long dominated the handbag market with its timeless designs, high-quality leather, remarkable stitch work, and exceptional craftsmanship. After 70 plus years, Coach continues to wow customers with its classic offerings like Signature and Legacy while remaining relevant with newer additions like Madison and Bleeker.
Poshmark, the San Francisco-based site that allows people to buy and sell gently used apparel, handbags, shoes, and jewelry, released its first-ever Closet Sharing Economy Report in early 2014. Coach ranked #1 as the most popular designer brand on the list.
According to Zappos handbag buyer Brooke James, when it comes to designer handbags, quality is just as important as affordability. Coach handbags definitely fill this very important market niche. “I would say our customers are very brand name driven. They are somewhat price conscious, but we have seen consumers choosing quality over quantity more recently,” explains James.
2. Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton (LV) is a 160-year-old French company that started off creating canvas travel cases and luggage pieces. When Marc Jacobs took the reigns as creative director in 1997, the brand soon exploded onto the luxury handbag scene. Many credit Marc Jacobs with transforming the brand from a luggage icon to a world class, luxury handbag brand. LV currently ranks as the #2 selling brand on the Poshmark list.
3. Marc Jacobs
Accomplished ready-to-wear and menswear designer Marc Jacobs launched his own handbag line in 2000 and continues to oversee both Louis Vuitton and his own brand. By 2003, Marc Jacobs had elevated Louis Vuitton to arguably the most coveted brand in the world. He was named Designer of the Year at the Accessories Council Excellence Awards in 2007.
Despite the fact that Marc oversees his own line and Louis Vuitton, the brands are inherently different. Marc Jacobs handbags are elegant yet casual, and upscale. The Marc by Marc Jacobs brand targets a 16-40 year old woman with a New York sense of style and a desire for high quality, as described in the market brand analysis prepared by Charlotte O’Halloran, a Marc Jacobs employee. The Big Apple, Nomad, and Gotham bags are some of the Marc Jacobs favorites.
4. Michael Kors
Michael David Kors made his fashion debut in 1981 when he launched his first-ever women’s apparel line. From his stint as a judge on Bravo’s Project Runway to outfitting First Lady Michelle Obama, Michael Kors has solidified himself as a truly gifted American designer time and time again. Michael Kors’ handbag collections burst onto the scene in 2001. Today, they can be found all over the world.
The brand ranks #3 according to Poshmark’s Closet Selling Report and, according to Brooke James, is typically “on the best sellers page” for Zappos.com. The award winning designer also claims major real estate in department stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Dillard’s.
According to an interview given to the Wall Street Journal, the iconic designer describes his design approach as “pragmatic indulgence.” The Michael Kors lifestyle is about timeless quality. The handbags are marked by clean lines and are both chic and luxurious, much like his sportswear. Some of the most popular styles include the Jet Set and Hamilton totes. The Michael Kors collection of handbags are priced from $298 to $2995.
Gucci is an Italian brand with a 90 year history of high fashion, quality, and opulence. Similar to its competitor, Louis Vuitton, Gucci started as a family-owned luggage company. The brand worn by Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis quickly became a symbol of wealth.
The brand has experienced a resurgence numerous times over the years, but it has never lost its brand recognition, thanks in no small part to its interlocking GG signature logo. Popular Gucci handbag styles include the Jackie soft leather hobo (yes, it’s named after Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), Swing leather tote and Soho shoulder bag.
In recent years, there has been an American influence on the brand when Dawn Mellow (former president of Bergdorf Goodman) became creative director and later when designer Tom Ford joined the team.
6. Kate Spade
Kate Spade arrived on the fashion scene in 1993, but she honed her eye for fashion as an accessories editor for Mademoiselle. Her fashion empire started with a little black nylon bag. The brand can be described as sleek, sophisticated and smart.
Kate Spade handbags are a top seller on Zappos.com, and the company is poised to grow its business from $1 billion of $4 billion in sales in 2014, according to Bloomberg. The company is targeting both millennials and luxury shoppers with its graceful, practical shapes and vivid color palettes. Favorite bags in her collection include the Cedar Street and Veranda Place totes.
Last year, the company debuted Kate Spade Saturday, a sub-brand designed to appeal to younger women with merchandise that retails for much less than that of the regular Kate Spade. You can even design your own weekender bag on the Kate Spade Saturday site for $200 to $250.
The Chanel 2.55 was birthed out of necessity. In the early 1920’s, Gabrielle Coco Chanel desired a more practical handbag that would be easy to carry. She borrowed the idea to add a strap to her carryall from packs carried by soldiers. In fact, she was often inspired by the practicality of menswear. The quilted Chanel bag with its chain strap was brilliantly versatile. The bag could be dressed up or down to complete any outfit, making it every women’s dream.
In 1957, Neiman Marcus presented Chanel with the Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion, lauding her as the most influential designer of the century. Some have called Coco Chanel the Mother of Modern Day Couture. Today, Karl Lagerfeld is the head designer for the House of Chanel while managing Fendi and a few other brands.
Chanel handbags are priceless and represent the creme de la creme of handbag couture. The quilted design still remains the most iconic and most coveted style. Chanel handbags are priced from $2,150 to $14,000. You can purchase these luxury handbags at Chanel boutiques, and upscale department stores.