35 Designer Handbags that Will Stand the Test of Time

From Saint Laurent to Gucci, Burberry to Dior, these are the designs that will never go out of style.

Words by Amy De Klerk


With restrictions lifting and the hope of normality in our sights, many of us are taking the opportunity to update our wardrobes to reflect our new routines, away from the world of loungewear. Whether you’re heading back to the office for the first time in a while, or are finally getting the chance to plan for weddings, events and holidays, you might be looking to add to your capsule wardrobe with a new accessory.

If you’re thinking of splurging on a new designer handbag, then it is worth considering a style that will stand the test of time, rather than just a one-season wonder that will eventually end up gathering dust at the back of your wardrobe. For this, the best option is either to look to the classics – some of which may have had a modern makeover, but are still very much trend-free – or to snap up designs that have an endless elegance about them (think timeless colours, seasonless silhouettes and trusty fabrics).

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So here, we round up 35 of the best designer handbags which are unlikely to date anytime soon and will certainly never feel like a regretful purchase.

Many may be names you are already familiar with; forever staples from Chanel, Fendi and Dior, but you will also find new styles from heritage brands, and new names to know in the world of designer handbags, in this round-up. These are the accessories that are actually worth investing in, whether you are treating yourself or looking for a very special gift, in the market for an evening bag or are after a tote that’s perfect for the office. These are designer names you can trust.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, we have got you covered, too. See our round-up of the best designer handbags under £500, here.

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It’s not difficult to see why Dior’s Book Tote remains so popular – the style, which has fast become a staple of the house, is the perfect way to elevate any daytime ensemble.

Embroidered bag, £2,600, Dior

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