Aaah! Women and bags. They go together like caramel, and well, nuts – really! Ever seen the lines at the cash tills during a 75% sale on Black Friday at Macy’s? A woman’s bag is usually her most prized possession, also because it contains the mysteries of her life (and some suspect also the kitchen sink!) Bags are not just fashion accessories. They are elevated to statements of style, taste and personality as well as status and wealth. Let’s take a look at some of the most expensive clutches, totes and other bags of all shapes and sizes – and the ridiculous price tags at which they come.
Fendi: B Bag – $27,700
Fendi is one of those designers who knows – really knows bags. In fact, owning an original Fendi bag is the dream of fashionistas the world over. The Fendi B Bag remains a very popular model, despite the staggering price tag of $27,700. As you will see from the other (pricier) entries of this list, it turns out that the Fendi B Bag is actually quite a bargain, in terms of high end designer bags! The bag is available in various designs, including white lambskin and black crocodile.
Devi Kroell: Alligator Hobo – $28,990
Totalling a cool $29,000, Kroell’s Alligator Hobo bag is rather practical and spacious – it fits the average laptop too! It features internal pockets for storing anything from pens to hundred dollar bills. Its semi-structured, soft triangular shape gives it a more unique feel, while its creamy golden colour gives it that stunning touch of glamour. The textured scales and their uniformity in size are attributed to be the priciest elements of the bag.
Gucci: Crocodile Tote – $32,000
Chiming in at $32,000 is another crocodile tote. This one hails from the design house of Gucci – arguably the best-selling Italian brand, in the world. With Gucci’s signature sophisticated and sleek design, this bag is more of a classic masterpiece than your average accessory. The elegance of the design and the shiny crocodile skin make for a sure-fire sell out, even at this whopping price tag!
Hermes: Color block horse shoe bag – $35,000
Hermes bags are coveted the world over, from A-list celebrities to blue-blooded royalty.
This bag is exactly why colour-blocking became such a fashionable trend. Combining bright colours and a classic signature design bag is no mean feat, but Hermes accomplishes this with ease, through its Colour Block Horse Shoe Bag. It is rumoured that when this bag was put to auction in Dallas, Texas, the starting bid was $7000. By the time the hammer went down on the winning bid, the price had escalated steeply to $35,000.
YSL: Sac De Jour Alligator Leather Bag – $36,600
Another alligator bag rings it at number 17 on our list, this time hailing from the mammoth French designer house, which speaks of timeless elegance, class, taste and style, namely Yves Saint Laurent. The all-time favourite black is the colour chosen for this structured and classic bag. The exotic element here is the alligator skin which shines through and elevates the bag in terms of style and value – going for an impressive $36,600.
Marc Jacobs: Carolyn Crocodile Bag – $38,000
Moving slightly (but only very slightly) away from the material of previous entries in this list, is Marc Jacob’s Carolyn Bag – which is made out of crocodile skin. Jacob-design fans don’t really mind the staggering price tag of this bag, as it turns out that despite costing $38,000 the bag is a big seller for the designer brand!
Fendi: Selleria Bag – $38,000
Raking in a whopping €38,000 per piece, another Italian fashion-house – Fendi – has designed the Selleria Bag. The bag features both sable and chinchilla skins, which are two of the rarest and most pricey skins available on the market. Its structured design is casual and not too stiff and can be adapted flexibly for both work and play – which is fortunate, in view of the price tag!
Hilde Palladino: Gadino Bag – $38,470
Norwegian designer, Hilde Palladino has come up with this luxury bag made from crocodile leather. But this is not just another leather bag with a designer label splashed on it, to justify the price. Upon closer inspection, the bag reveals a total of 39 white diamonds in clasps, which are also made of white gold. This sounds like good value for the $38,470 price tag that comes with this bejewelled tote!
Louis Vuitton: Patchwork Bag – $42,000
Despite not being Louis Vuitton’s most elegant bag the Patchwork bag goes for a staggering $42,000 – and surprisingly, it’s a big seller for the French designer-brand! In fact several bloggers and fashionistas have labelled this bag as the ugliest ever made, and frankly, we cannot argue with that! The Patchwork bag consists of an intricate collage of 14 different Louis Vuitton bags. The fact that this handcrafted bag is a limited edition (with only 24 pieces made and sold out around the world) also contributes to the price tag. Beyonce is one of the global VIPs who are reputed to be proud owners of this one-of-a-kind design.