To fashion fiends everywhere the brand name handbag is the status equivalent of a Rolex timepiece or the Italian Ferrari.
A mouth-watering combination of whimsical excess, chic details and unquestionable luxury, the expensive designer handbag is a woman’s ultimate confidence booster.
For the fortunate wearer of lavishly styled arm candy a designer bag screams to the world, you are the best.
Have you ever wondered what’s behind the brand name handbag’s huge price tags?
Is it worth saving your hard-earned dollars for another season’s expensive fashionable trinket? From designer handbag history to celebrity cache, here are 6 things every woman needs to know before buying the dream “it bag”.
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Designer brand name matters:
Both use a big H, but Hermes is certainly not Hilfiger.
Dear brand name handbag lovers: you get what you pay for.
Sorry Hilfiger,(I love you, Tommy. I really do.) but Hermes’ 100 years of craftsmanship and handmade quality trumps plastic, pleather and assembly line construction.
A Hermes Birkin handbag is expensive because of the reputation of the design house and its legendary dedication to craftsmanship and quality.
The Birkin is a designer bag that holds its value over time, women patiently wait years on lists to receive a special order Birkin bag which can cost in upwards of 100,000 dollars.
Iconic designer handbag status:
Influence by the Designer Style Trinity raises the cost tremendously.
If the grand dames of the designer handbag trinity: Grace Kelly, Jane Birkin and Jacqueline Onassis carried it; women want it. But these 3 names affiliated with brand name handbags do not come cheap.
As muses for legendary fashion houses Hermes and Gucci the relationship between the icon’s historic style and the design house’s royal reputation increases the public’s thirst for the items.
Symbols of everlasting elegance and glamour, attach these three legendary names to the origin and design of a bag and voila; everybody and anybody must have it. High demand + legendary glamour = high price.
Historic accessory of the elite:
Because bag snobbery is not a new phenomenon.
Luxury brands like Cartier, Hermes and Louis Vuitton were founded to serve the French royal court in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Fashion house artisans spent hours designing these objects d’art for aristocrats, and in later years exclusively for notable American families.
Unlike today’s trendy it bag often banished to purse purgatory at the end of a season, designer handbags of the past were considered lifelong companions; accessories for royals and family heirlooms for the well-to-do.
Created for the wealthy European elite, these leather goods reeked of sophistication and elitism while the strict attention to detail justified the high cost.
Designer brand name handbags have the best materials:
Superior items cost more to produce.
Legendary craftsmanship makes the designer difference. Ornate clasps and rings crafted from palladium and gold. Zippers than never stick mixed with hardware that never tarnishes.
Combine premium leathers, suedes and exotic animal skins with the legendary artisanship of the designer bag emporiums and you’ve got a recipe for a luxury big ticket item.
The video below shows the making of a Salvatore Ferragamo bag — which is a masterpiece of craftsmanship.
Limited edition handbag status:
Celebrate a fashion house’s anniversary with a new bag.
When Gucci celebrated their 85th anniversary in 2006, Creative director Frida Giannini reworked the classic hobo shape for designer bag lovers. The bags were only sold in Gucci stores from July through December of ’06 and were priced in the $4,500 range.
Sales associates were quickly selling these designer bags to women collectors regardless of cost. Labeling bags limited edition is a branding tactic that is frequently used to send designer bag aficionados into a bag feeding frenzy.
You now understand why a designer handbag is so expensive. With the information above you can shop for a designer brand name handbag with the Andre Leon Talleys and Nina Garcias of the world with complete confidence.
Check out the following resources concerning the rising costs of designer handbags:
- What are the major differences in quality between a $300 handbag and a $3000 handbag?
- When did Accessories Get So Expensive
- Fashion Inflation: Why Are Prices Rising So Fast?