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The Top 10 Most Expensive Designer Handbag Brands In The World

Known for incredible quality, illustrious heritage and exclusivity, a handbag has become more than a practical fashion item. To some, they become a symbol of self-expression, and are collected, desired and cherished.

There are brands like Mouawad and Lana Marks who are known for creating one-off handbags that have become the most expensive handbags ever created — but what about the overall, most exclusive, and most expensive brands?

Here is a countdown of the top 10 most expensive designer handbag brands available in the world right now.

10. Chloé

With elegant shapes and chunky metallic detailing, Chloé handbags are a perfect combination of feminity and bohemian glamour. The Chloé collections include unique styles like the Nile Bracelet Bag, but the most popular and highly-priced bags are the Chloé Marcie and Joyce Frame bags.

Chloé Nile Bracelet Bag | Photo by Flaunter on Unsplash

9. Saint Laurent

The iconic YSL logo remains one of the most recognisable fashion logos ever created. The Saint Laurent LouLou bag in particular is a highly coveted handbag that features the YSL monogram. Pre-loved, secondhand or vintage, Saint Laurent handbags remain one of the most expensive designer handbag brands in the world.

Girl with long, curled brown hair and black coat holding a quilted ref Saint Laurent Bag on her right shoulder.
Saint Laurent Bag | Photo by Laura Chouette on Unsplash

8. Bottega Veneta

Another relatively young member of the Italian luxury fashion scene. Bottega Veneta was established in 1966 and gradually became another iconic name in the industry. The brand rocketed to fame in the 1980s through association with influential artists and celebrities like Andy Warhol, and prices grew to match the desirability. Bottega Veneta handbags have gained viral popularity as fashion bloggers and influencers lust over the Intrecciato weave detailing and high craftsmanship.

Bottega Veneta Shop Front | Photo by Baeikuo Yimdfolg 2020 on Wikimedia Commons

7. Prada

Like its Italian counterparts, Prada is a high-end fashion house with high price tags to match. It was established in 1913 but only started to gain traction in the 1980s with its exclusive collection of Nylon bags. While Prada handbags are not as highly-priced as other luxury designers, they’re not far behind, and their presence and exclusivity grow year on year…

Close up of the Triangular Prada Logo on a Black Prada Promenade Bag
Pre-loved Promenade Prada Bag within the Timeless Vintage Collection

6. Fendi

Any brand that holds a Vogue ‘it-bag’ status is sure to place highly on a list of the World’s most expensive designer handbag brands. And Fendi is no different. The Fendi Baguette was immortalised by several appearances within the hit TV show Sex In The City. The desirability of their collections has ensured that Fendi prices remain high.

Fendi Window with a Pink Baguette Bag | Photo by Vitaly Vlasov from Pexels

5. Gucci

A bold brand with a tumultuous history. Gucci is a luxury brand that crafts its fiery passion into every glamorous garment or handbag. The daring nature of the brand has ensured it a permanent place in fashion history. With its status, heritage and commitment to effortless glamour, Gucci handbags (and even secondhand Gucci bags) come with a price tag to match.

GG Marmont small matelassé shoulder bag | Photo by James Ree on Unsplash

4. Louis Vuitton

With a rich brand heritage, Louis Vuitton has a deep understanding of what their clientele look for in a handbag. When people buy Louis Vuitton, they’re buying more than a handbag. They’re purchasing a unique piece of fashion history that has been crafted with immaculate detail. And this reflects in the high price tags that are attached to iconic classics like the Neverfull, the Speedy or the Keepall.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy on Timeless Vintage

3. Christian Dior

The elegant nature of the Dior brand has allowed them to carve out their own unique niche in the world of high fashion. Known for their popular fragrances, and historic contribution to women’s fashion, Dior handbags like the Lady Dior and Dior Book Tote are some of the most expensive handbags in the world.

Medium Lady D-Lite Bag from Dior | Photo by Arno Senoner on Unsplash

2. Chanel

Year after year, Chanel prices climb ever higher. This means that their current collections increase in price, but also any highly sought after vintage Chanel bags will increase in value too — making a Chanel handbag a very solid investment piece.

The highly covetable Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag on Timeless Vintage

1. Hermès

Hermès tops the list as the most expensive designer handbag brand in the World. While there are many Chanel handbags with high price tags, the extreme desirability and high price tags of two of Hermès most popular bags ensure that they sit firmly as the most expensive designer handbag brand in the world.

Hermès is one of the most expensive designer handbag brands in the World
The highly covetable Hermès Kelly Bag on Timeless Vintage

The Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags are both so highly desired that Hermès has made the production and availability of both bags so secretive that it becomes a challenge to locate and buy them. Because of their desirability, these bags are never sold online. Even a pre-loved Hermès bag carries a high price tag.

Hermès are well known for their seasonal handbag collections, but they also collaborate with designers and artists to create very exclusive collections too. For example only 12 of the Hermès Kelly Rose Gold bag exist, each with a value of over 2 million dollars.

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