Covered Asia’s Top 5 Bag Picks for 2018

1. Chanel 2.55

Chanel 2.55
Chanel 2.55

Originated from a hat stand to one of the most iconic fashion houses in the world, Chanel is a marriage of timeless style and practicality. Chanel 2.55 was born from the desire to create a hands-free classic handbag . The number 2.55 represents the month and year in which the first design was introduced: February 1955. Chanel 2.55 encapsulates the 180 stages involved in the making of one Chanel Flap bag An artisan’s training period¬†is almost one decade using only the best quality cuts of lambskin and each stage is performed by hand.

2. Hermes Kelly

hermes-kelly-source-hermesThe Hermes Kelly bag gained popularity with its namesake of today from the glamorous Princess of Monaco – Grace Kelly. The Princess appreciated its purist aesthetic design and eventually procured a number of Hermes bags in various colours.

A study conducted by Baghunter, revealed that the Hermes bag far outperformed both the S&P 500 and the price of gold in the last 35 years. The S&P has a real return average of 8.65% and gold has offered an average annual returns of -1.5%. However, Hermes Birkin has outperformed the S&P averaging an annual increase in 14.2%.

3. Dior Lady

On the occasion of Princess Diana visit to Cezanne exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, the Lady Dior bag was presented to her by France’s First Lady, Bernadette Chirac. Princess Diana was photographed by the International Press with the Lady Dior Bag on numerous occasions. In 1996, as homage to the Princess, it was renamed “Lady Dior” with her blessing.
Created in a couture spirit, the stitching pattern is inspired by the Napoleon III chairs once used by Christian Dior during the first day of his fashion show in 1947. The letters D.I.O.R. on charm pendants act as an eternal signature.

4. Prada Galleria Bag

The Prada Galleria
The Prada Galleria

The Prada Galleria Bag is a veritable icon of the luxury fashion house; it was a homage to Prada’s very first boutique opened in Milan within the Galleria Vittori Emanuele II. A true badge of honor for Prada, Saffiano veal leather yields unique striations as it is hot pressed. The classic iconic design is scratch-resistant, water-repellant and durable. This leather was used to make trunks for the royal family and it will remain as one of the designer classic.

5. Hermes Birkin

At Hermes, every collection tells of an inspirational and sometimes whimsical story. The story of the iconic Hermes Birkin bag goes that Jean-Louis Dumas was on an Air France flight from Paris to London. Five years earlier, he had taken over the fashion house founded by his great-grandfather. He found himself sitting beside Jane Birkin, actress and singer, who dropped her Hermes diary scattering a flurry of paper. Birkin complaint that it was hard to find a leather bag to hold her papers and a bag with sufficient pockets. He introduced himself and it has given birth to the Hermes Birkin bag.

Liyann Seet

Fashion Editor

A Singaporean investor, commercial model, beauty queen and philanthropist. Liyann began her commercial modelling career at 16 and later represented Singapore in international beauty pageants in Asia Pacific and in the United States. She has since won several international beauty pageant titles. Liyann is also responsible for founding the International Children Foundation that advocates equal educational opportunities for underprivileged kids.

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