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The 8 Most Jaw-Dropping Exotic Handbags of 2018

Exotics also make up some of the world’s most expensive handbags.

When it comes to handbags, nothing is really more luxurious than exotic leather. There’s ostrich, python, shagreen, and lizard—but, for many, crocodile is the Holy Grail. In fact, the price of an item made in the rarest crocodile leather can be as expensive as a luxury car. Here, we’ve compiled the best exotic bags to come out of 2018.


Small Coco Handle Bag

This year, Chanel’s Coco bag appeared in pink made out of python and lambskin with gold metal hardware. Out of all the house’s exotic leather bags, this one takes the cake for its ladylike yet edgy feel.


Verrou Mini Chain Bag

The Verrou is by no means a brand new design. The design was first released in 1938 and hidden away until 2010. This year, the bag appeared numerous times during the Maison’s fashion show, most notably, in Mississippiensis alligator.

Louis Vuitton

Capucines PM

Louis Vuitton makes a bunch of its current classic styles in precious leather. The Capucines, available in three sizes, is made in both high shine and matte crocodile leather. This exact one is available in over 26 jaw-dropping shades.


Kan I

It’s no surprise that Fendi—a brand that began as a fur atelier—currently makes some of the most exceptional exotic leather bags. For 2018, the brand presented a bunch of precious leather bags in its iconic designs. This, Kan I, in baby blue ostrich, however, deserves to be singled out.



Crocodile Top Handle Bag

Gucci made a crocodile bag that’s perfect for the eclectic. Accented with a bamboo handle, the bag has a scalloped flap, chain shoulder strap, leather lining, and the house’s iconic Animalia head with crystals.


Large GV3 Bag

If you don’t want to fully commit to delicate python, Givenchy’s GV3 bag comes in leather, suede and python. Designed by Clare Waight Keller, the GV3 takes its name from the initials of the Maison's flagship on 3 Avenue George V.

Louis Vuitton

Twist MM

The Twist in Crocodilien Mat is a sight to behold. It’s currently available in three colors: fuschia, blue, and pink. But don’t fret, Louis Vuitton offers a bespoke exotic leather service that allows you to customize your bag according to your wishes.



Loewe stunningly mixed both calfskin and python together to create this stunning Puzzle bag. The end result is a chic and luxurious bag that pairs perfectly with a casual outfit.

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