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7 New Classic Handbags to Add to Your Collection

From Chanel to Louis Vuitton, discover the next generation of classic bags.

The iconic Louis Vuitton Speedy, Chanel 2.55, and Hermès Birkin are well-known classics. But these relatively newer designs offer some competition.

Céline Box

The Box was one of Phoebe Philo’s first handbag additions to the French fashion house. An iteration of an early design, the Box revels in its minimalist design using smooth leather and modest hardware. As one of the brand’s most expensive bags, the style is rarely seen out in the wild—adding to its cool factor. It has been done in calfskin, ponyhair, and even luxurious exotic leathers such as stingray, python, crocodile, and lizard.

Chanel Gabrielle


The Gabrielle’s design follows Coco Chanel’s philosophy and is unique in the way that it’s a flat, structured hobo bag. Famous fans include Meghan Markle, Pharrell, and Kristen Stewart.

Chloé Pixie

The Chloé Pixie was released at a time when the brand’s similarly round Drew bag ruled closets. For a time, the Pixie lagged behind the Drew and the Nile until it was picked up by celebrities and the fashion-obsessed. Its status as a new classic was cemented when the newly engaged Meghan Markle carried the bag to Christmas Day church service in Sandringham.

Dior Diorama

Dior handbags have always been synonymous with elegance and being put-together. The Diorama builds on that by putting a modern twist on the bag through the use of architectural design cues. The flap style was released during Raf Simons’ tenure at the French fashion house and is offered in pared down versions as well as more sophisticated styles.

Fendi Peekaboo

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One of the older bags on the list, the Peekaboo was released in 2009. The bag initially piqued the interest of many bag collectors, only to fall a couple of seasons later. Unexpectedly, it's experienced a resurgence that has made it a Fendi classic. The Peekaboo is made in several sizes and in both men’s and women’s collections. The bag is a top handle style that comes with a strap and is often recognized for its quality.

Gucci Dionysus

Alessandro Michele’s time at Gucci has created a myriad of unique bag designs, but none has ever matched the Dionysus’ success. The Dionysus was first introduced in the brand’s fall/winter 2015 collection, and it freshly revived the luxury logo craze through its added use of suede and statement hardware. The bag is made in three sizes: mini, small, and medium in different variations.

Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis


Though no Louis Vuitton handbag can overtake the Speedy’s success, the Pochette Metis has proven itself a worthy opponent. The Pochette Metis has a huge fashion following, with a 6- to 9-month-long waitlist. The bag is notable for its medium size, top handle and shoulder strap, and the house’s trademark S-lock.

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Paolo Chua
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