Remember the forty thousand Euro Hermes Kelly bag from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, that Farhan Ahktar’s character dubbed ‘Bagwati’. While men were going ‘ha! ha!’ over Imraan’s antiques with the bag, the women were going gaga over the style and the signature of the bag. The bag was forty thousand euro worth Hermes Kelly, the Hermes bag named after the Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly.
Just like shoes, handbags are very important to women. We can’t be expected to pull off a satchel bag with a sari or a traditional stitched pouch with an LBD. Handbags make or break an outfit, much like shoes. And they are effective to carry your small lip colour or kohl liner for emergencies, or your car keys, or your credit card for which you have no pocket in your evening gown. Listed below are the top 10 most expensive handbags in the world in 2018.
List of the world’s top 10 most expensive handbags in 2018
10. Judith Leiber Precious Rose Bag (Price: $92,000)
The bag designed by the designer Judith Leiber from Bulgaria lives up to its name. It is in the shape of a pink fully bloomed rose. The bag is completely encrusted with jewels and has 1196 pink sapphires separated by 1016 diamonds. It weighs a total of 42 carats and also 800 tourmalines.
9. Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag (Price: $120,000)
The bag is made from black crocodile skin. It is encrusted with 10 carat worth of diamonds and has a pure white gold buckle. It was the first Hermes Birkin bag to be made to honour the singer and actor Jane Birkin.
8. Louis Vuitton Kusama Pumpkin Minaudiere Bag (Price: $134,000)
The pumpkin shaped bag is from the label of Louis Vuitton and is made with the collaboration of the designer house and the Japanese designer Yayoi Kusama. The pumpkin is made from pure gold and contains fine metals like pure gold and mixed with black resin. There are only five pieces available.
7. Louis Vuitton Urban Satchel Bag (Price: $150,000)
The unique purse from Louis Vuitton is made up of… no, you can’t guess it, garbage and literally. The purse is made from trash cans like used water bottles, cigarette packets, used bills, gum wrappers, tags and packets. The price of the bag is due to the creative nature of the piece.
6. Lana Marks Cleopatra Bag (Price: $250,000)
The Lana Mark bag is a classic and often appears in the red carpet. The designer unveils a new edition and design of this clutch each year. A lot of heavyweight names like Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie and Helen Mirren carry the similarly heavy weight clutch when they walk by. The clutch was designed when the designer was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s role in the movie ‘Cleopatra’. The clutch is supposed to represent ‘powerful women with their exquisite jewels’. The bag is made from the skin of the underbelly of American Alligators which are specifically bred for the purse. The purse is specifically made for the client.
5. Chanel Diamond Forever Bag (Price: $261,000)
We always come back to the slogan ‘Diamonds are forever’, diamond sure are a woman’s best friend and Chanel could not have given a better name to this beautiful unit than ‘Diamond Forever’. Like everything from Coco Chanel’s house. It is elegant and classy. It’s crafted from white alligator skin. It also has a total of 334 diamonds etched on it which weighs a total of 3.65 carats. The straps of the bag are made of white gold chains. They are a limited edition model with only 13 units available worldwide.
4. Hermes Chaine d’Ancre Bag (Price: $1.4 million)
Vanity thy name is Hermes. There is almost no fashion conscious woman in the modern world who hasn’t dreamt of owning a Hermes bag. But this bag is rather eccentric. The entire bag is made from gold plated chain of white hue with 1160 diamonds etched on it which weighs a total of 33 carats. The bag took almost two years of precise ability and hard work to be created and only three of these pieces were ever made.
3. The Hermes Rose Gold/Diamond Birkin Bag (Price: $1.9 million)
This is the one of the two Birkin bags manufactured by Hermes, this is the first type. The bag is made out of rouge crocodile skin. The handbag also has 11,000 diamonds on its chain and 1160 diamonds on its body. The bag is small enough to be considered a bracelet in itself, especially with its diamond etched handles. The handbag is designed by Pierre Hardy who spent two years designing the bag. Only two of these were ever made.
2. Hermes Birkin Ginza Tanaka Bag (Price $1.9 million)
This is last Hermes product on the list. The bag is made from the precious metal platinum. This product was created by the Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka. The platinum in turn is covered with 2000 diamond. The bag also boasts a big 8karat pear shaped diamond and diamond studded straps, which are both detachable. The diamond straps can be worn as a necklace or bracelets and the diamond center piece can be worn as a brooch. It is a very classy design.
1. Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse (Price: $3.8 million)
For the last five years these purse has occupied the top of every most expensive handbag list. It has even got its name on the Guinness Book of world records. The hand bag is heart shaped and beautiful. But aside from that, the bag is most important because its bling. Four thousand three hundred and fifty six handbags adorn the surface of the bag, along with 105 yellow diamonds, 56 pink diamonds making it a total of 4571 diamonds. It weighs around 382 carats. The diamonds are placed on the metal purse, which is made from hammering and shaping solid 18k gold. The purse took 8800 hours by 10 professional craftsmen to be brought to perfection. The purse is one of a kind.
Purses, clutches, handbags, whatever they might be called, they have become an important part of the fashion industry. The bags mentioned above are for those femme fatales, who have enough money in their in already existing wallets to shell out millions for another one.