35 designer handbags that will stand the test of time

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With the lifting of restrictions and the hope of normalcy in sight, many of us take the opportunity to update our wardrobes to reflect our new routines, away from the world of loungewear. Whether you are returning to the office for the first time in a long time, or finally have the chance to plan weddings, events and vacations, you may be looking to complete your capsule wardrobe with a new accessory.

If you’re thinking of splurging on a new designer handbag, then it’s worth considering a style that will stand the test of time, rather than just a one-season wonder that will eventually take over. dust in the back of your wardrobe. For that, the best option is either to turn to the classics – some of which may have had a modern makeover, but are still very trendy – or to grab designs that have endless elegance (think timeless colors, elusive silhouettes and faithful fabrics).

So, here, we’ve rounded up 35 of the best designer handbags that are unlikely to be coming out anytime soon, and sure to never be considered a regret buy.

Many can be names you already know; forever must-haves from Chanel, Fendi and Dior, but you’ll also find new styles from historic brands and new names to know in the world of designer handbags, in this roundup. These are the accessories that are definitely worth investing in, whether you are looking for a very special gift, looking for an evening bag, or looking for the perfect tote for office. These are designer names you can trust.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, we’ve got you covered, too. See our roundup of the best designer handbags under £ 500, here.

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Dior

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It’s not hard to see why the Dior Book Tote remains so popular – the style, which has quickly become a household staple, is the perfect way to elevate any daytime ensemble.

Embroidered bag, £ 2,600, Dior

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Prada

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The Cleo bag is inspired by the Prada archives. With its sleek and clean appearance, it’s not hard to see why it has been such a hit with fashion editors and influencers around the world.

Leather bag, £ 1,850, Prada

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Chanel

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This classic monochrome Chanel bag will never go out of style and is versatile enough to wear day or night.

Leather bag, £ 11,935, Chanel

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Balenciaga

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The sculptural silhouette of the Hourglass bag by Balenciaga gives a modern update to a classic, versatile shape that you may have in your arsenal for years to come.

Leather bag, £ 1,450, Balenciaga at Matches Fashion

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Givenchy

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Keep it sleek, simple and undeniably stylish with the Givenchy 4G bag, featuring a removable and adjustable shoulder strap, giving you multiple ways to wear it.

Leather bag, £ 1,450, Givenchy

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Balmain

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Olivier Rousteing took inspiration from founder Pierre Balmain’s strongest mid-century designs with his latest collection, which features bags from 1945, all of which would bring a bit of old-fashioned glamor into your life.

Jacquard bag, £ 2,550, Balmain

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Chloe

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We love the sculptural shape of Chloe’s Kiss bag, which is made from super soft leather with striking gold finishes.

Leather bag, £ 1,250, Chloé at Matches Fashion

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Versace

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You can always count on Versace to bring some fun into your wardrobe, and this bright blue Le Medusa bag will do just that.

Leather bag, £ 930, Versace at Farfetch

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Louis Vuitton

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Add glamor to any look with Louis Vuitton’s stunning Dauphine bag, which was first introduced in the house’s 2019 cruise collection.

Leather bucket bag, £ 2,360, Louis Vuitton

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APC

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When it comes to affordable designer handbags, APC is a big name to know. The label’s Half Moon bag is a true classic, but we also love this Grace model, perfect for everyday wear.

Leather bag, £ 660, APC at Matches Fashion

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Dolce & Gabbana

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The Sicily bag from Dolce & Gabana comes in a number of different pastel hues and is a winner all year round. The feminine silhouette means it can dress up any ensemble, but it’s also the perfect size for everyday carrying.

Leather bag, £ 1,200, Dolce & Gabbana

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White

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If you’re looking for an everyday bag that always packs a punch, check out Off-White’s Twist Jitney Crossbody Bag, which has a glossy finish and the brand logo in an iridescent plaque on the back. before.

Leather bag, £ 684, off-white at Farfetch

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Hermes

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Now here is a bag that does not need to be presented; Hermès Birkin, one of the most famous handbags of all time and which is usually very difficult to get hold of. However, Farfetch’s vintage offering is currently selling a used 2003 Birkin, which is unlikely to stick around for long.

Leather bag, £ 19,845, Vintage Hermès at Farfetch

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Stella mccartney

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Stella McCartney is renowned for her use of vegetarian leather, which the house uses for all of their handbags, including this stylish tote, perfect for your back-to-work wardrobe.

Faux-leather bag, £ 715, Stella McCartney at Net-a-Porter

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JW Anderson

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We love the relaxed flexibility of JW Anderson’s Hobo bag, which also features a chunky gold chain.

Leather bag, £ 790, JW Anderson at Farfetch

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Burberry

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This leather shoulder bag is the perfect gift for the back to the office. The neutral hue and compact size will enhance any work wear look.

Leather bag, £ 1,690, Burberry at Matches Fashion

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Loewe

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The Loewe Puzzle Bag is available in a wide variety of colors and sizes, including this nano size design in baby blue, which would be a lovely addition to any woman’s wardrobe.

Leather bag, £ 950, Loewe at Net-a-Porter

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Bottega Veneta

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Another beautiful design by Daniel Lee at Bottega, this Cassette bag has become a real favorite with fashion editors.

Leather bag, £ 2,370, Bottega Veneta at Net-a-Porter

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Alaïa

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We love Alaïa’s evening twist on the bucket bag with its Rose Marie design, which comes in several colors and different materials. Opt for this laser-cut leather to embody one of the house’s most famous signatures.

Leather bag, £ 1,220, Alaïa at Net-a-Porter

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Gucci

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The Dionysus bag has been a favorite since its first presentation in 2015 – and its popularity shows no signs of waning.

Canvas bag, £ 1,750, Gucci

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3.1 Philippe Lim

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The Alix bag is somewhat of a classic from 3.1 Phillip Lim and comes in several sizes and colors. We love this black leather version with silver hardware to enhance your everyday look.

Leather bag, £ 710, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Farfetch

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Amina Muaddi

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She might be best known for her evening shoes, but Amina Muaddi also comes in for your selection of on-trend bags. The designer recently released a selection of gorgeous mini bags, which are made for your evening wardrobe.

Leather bag, £ 727, Amina Muaddi

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Jil sander

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Jil Sander is synonymous with quality and minimalism, which makes it a great place for investment handbags that you know will never go out of style. We love this chic and round style, whether for work or the weekend.

Bag, £ 960, Jil Sander by Lucie and Luke Meier To Farfetch

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Brother Vellies

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If you are unfamiliar with Aurora James’ classy accessory line, Brother Vellies, then now is the time to get to know the brand, which was founded to keep traditional African design practices and techniques alive. While perhaps best known for its shoes, the brand also offers a number of stylish handbags, including its signature Lijadu style, which is one of its main staples, designed to be kept. forever and never end up in the sale.

Leather bag, £ 1,025, Brother Vellies

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Marni

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There’s a reason Marni’s Trunk Crossbody Bag is considered a timeless classic and has been around for years.

Bag, £ 1,490, Marni at Matches Fashion

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Line

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Looking for an everyday bag in soft leather? You won’t get any better than this navy style from The Row, which will serve you well for years to come.

Bag, £ 1,930, The Row at Net-a-Porter

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Alexander McQueen

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The Curve is one of the chicest new offerings in Alexander McQueen’s accessory collection, but it’s a style that we believe will last for decades. Featuring a silhouette inspired by the harness, the leather bag can be worn over the shoulder or over the shoulder by changing the length of the shoulder strap.

Calfskin handbag, £ 1,090, Alexander McQueen

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Saint Laurent

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The Kate bag is an instantly recognizable Saint Laurent model – and this soft suede version will instantly become a treasured piece in your wardrobe.

Kate 99 suede bag, £ 1,225, Saint Laurent

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Celine

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Celine is a favorite for chic accessories, made from the most luxurious materials. This Tabou saddle bag is particularly special – a signature style directly inspired by Celine’s archives, which is available in many classic colourways, including navy and beige.

Textile and calfskin crossbody bag, £ 1,750, Celine by Hedi Slimane

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Proenza Schouler

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After something super spacious for your days at the office? Turn to Proenza Schouler, whose XL tote is perfect for carrying everything you need, without degrading your look like a fabric tote bag would.

Leather bag, £ 1,410, Proenza Schouler at Net-a-Porter

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