Got cash to splash? Get your name on the waiting list for a Hermes Birkin bag.
If you happen to have a small, or rather large fortune to spare, then a Hermes Birkin bag could make for a savvy investment. Forget actual solid gold or the unpredictable stock market, what you really need is a Hermes Birkin. A study by Baghunter proved that the bag is a worthy investment piece as its value has increased at an average 14.2% per year over the past three decades.
The precious bag is hugely popular with celebrities. As they are made in limited numbers, and not advertised there is a lengthly waiting list of up to six years before you can get your hands on one. Baghunter have stated: As a status symbol for the elite and ultra-rich, the main factor affecting the secondary market for Birkins is desire. All signs point to that desire remaining as strong throughout 2016 as it has been since the bag was released in 1985, with media outlets fawning over celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham who regularly sport their Birkin bags in paparazzi pictures.
The most expensive Birkin was a pink crocodile skin number which went for a staggering $223,000.
Jane Birkin’s very own Hermes design came about when she happened to meet the brand’s chief executive on a flight and complained about not being able to find a great leather bag. As they say, the rest is history.
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What better way to celebrate becoming the UK's longest reigning monarch than with your very own namesake handbag?!
'The Elizabeth', by Launer London, was created in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's greatest reign. The British Heritage Brand have been Royal Warrent Holders by appointment of HM The Queen since 1968, so we're already familiar with their timeless designs, havig spotted them on the arm of our Queen multiple times. But their newest design, the classically chic 'Elizabeth', may just be our favourite style yet. In buttery soft leather, the stylish saddlebag is embellished with Launer's signature polished-gold emblem.
The design is released at 9am this morning, as the Queen celebrates the history-making occasion.
Launer London Elizabeth bag, £1,095
Amal Clooney has often been seen carrying this handbag by Italian accessories brand Ballin - so often that Ballin eventually renamed it 'the Amal'.
Ballin, 970 Euros
Like Amal Clooney, Grace Kelly fell in love with her namesake bag long before it was named after her. She started carrying the Hermes Sac a Depeches, as it was then called, in the 1950s. In 1977, the luxury brand renamed the bag 'the Kelly'.
Hermes are notoriously picky about who they sell their luxury handbags to, so if you have your heart set on a Kelly (or a Birkin), expect to make multiple trips to an Hermes store first, and be ready to make best friends with the sales assistant.
At the peak of It Bag fever, Mulberry were quick to spot that Alexa Chung was the icon of the moment. The Alexa satchel launched in 2009 and its popularity was helped by Chung herself, who carried it everywhere.
Mulberry, from £1100
Back in 2008, Louis Vuitton launched the SC bag - designed by and named after the ever-stylish director Sofia Coppola. Six years later, the SC is still going strong.
Louis Vuitton, £2830
Jacqueline Kennedy was so fond of her Gucci shoulder bag that the Italian brand named it after her.
Mulberry launched the Del Rey, named for Lana Del Rey, in 2012. Creative director Emma Hill said the bag was "functional with an uptown twist ... [with] a touch of Lana's old-school glamour."
Model Daphne Groeneveld inspired designer Jason Wu's Daphne bag, which has a 1940s-style structured frame.
Jason Wu, $1995
Sophia Loren has long been a customer - and friend - of Salvatore Ferragamo, so when the brand launched a Sofia bag in 2009, it was taken as a tribute to the Italian actress.
Salvatore Ferragamo, £1610
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