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These Are All The Luxury Handbag Brands In India Worth Spending Time And Money On

Investing in luxury handbags comes with attached clauses. Are you buying the bag as an investment, after all, Financial Times suggests that the value of a Chanel bag has risen by 230 percent in the past 12 years. Are you buying it as a keepsake or memorabilia to pass on to your next generation, after all, who wouldn’t want to inherit Grandma’s vintage Louis Vuitton trunks? Or are you simply picking a bag because it sparks joy? Whatever your reasons might be, selecting a luxury handbag requires some serious thinking.

With a wide variety of styles and luxury brands to pick from, the idea is to pick a bag you truly love while making sure it never goes out of style. Scroll below for your comprehensive guide to luxury handbag brands in India, their iconic handbags, the stories behind these famed creations, and trendy pieces to invest in now.

Hermès

A few luxury houses have amassed the cult following that Hermès has when it comes to iconic bag status. The French label which started as an equestrian goods shop in Paris in 1837 has over the years garnered a following from European aristocracy such as Napoleon Bonaparte to Hollywood royalty like Victoria Beckham. Launched in India in 2008, the brand has two flagship stores in the country, in Mumbai and Delhi each serving everything from menswear, womenswear, accessories, home decor, leather good and select equestrian products.  

One of the most iconic style for the brand when it comes to luxury handbags is the Birkin bag, named after English actress Jane Birkin who on a chance encounter with Hermès’ CEO Jean-Louis Dumas expressed her desire to own an Hermès handbag that is roomier and less rigid than their classic style, the Kelly. The result, a bag named after her, that is touted to have long waitlists and has been cited in movies and TV shows (remember Samantha vying to get her hands on one in Sex And The City) and continues to serve as the favourite arm candy for many celebrities. A luxuriant handbag, the Birkin features two beautifully rolled leather handles, a flap closure, two belted straps and a turn-lock accessory in the centre. This leather masterpiece takes over 2 days to manufacture and is one done by one single Hermès artisan giving it the covetable accessory title.  

Address: Hermès, G8 & G9, The Chanakya Mall Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Contact: 011-26885501
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Hermès
Image Courtesy: Hermès

Chanel

Talk about Coco Chanel and the first word that comes to mind is timeless. The famed French designer and Chanel’s founder has a reputation that supersedes many when it comes to creating classics. Among them is the Chanel 2.55 flap bag that was introduced in February 1955, hence the moniker. Much like many other of Coco Chanel’s creations, this handbag was born out of a pragmatic need for women to own an easy to carry shoulder bag (the first of its kind) and hence marks a milestone for the brand. The bag also gave birth to the iconic Chanel quilting (inspired by male stablehands) and the burgundy lining (inspired by the uniform at the convent orphanage where she was raised) making the style a forerunner of its kind. The bag was reinvented by Karl Lagerfeld in the 80s when he added the interlocking CC lock and has been a covetable handbag that’s a celebrity favourite. Other iconic pieces like Chanel Boy, Medallion Tote Bag, Grand Shopping Tote, and the more trendy Chanel minaudiere. The best location in India to get your hands on a Chanel bag is their swanky new boutique at The Chanakya in Delhi. The 315 square-metre boutique entices you with its minimalistic decor and a wide range of trendy and classic pieces.  

Address: Chanel, The Chanakya Mall Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Contact: 011-26136500
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Chanel
Image Courtesy: Chanel

Louis Vuitton

When it comes to the world of luxury handbags, Louis Vuitton is a cult favourite. The fashion house might now be one of the most sought after luxury brands in the world but it had humble beginnings. The founder began his journey as a Parisian malletier and soon made his way by designing innovative luggage for the discerning traveller. From vertical steamer trunks that allowed the travellers to carry their wardrobe without unpacking to chauffer cases with a place for a spare tyre and change, Louis Vuitton made a mark with his unique designs and brown check monogram. The ubiquitous monogram of Japanese flowers and quatrefoil though was created by Louis Vuitton’s son George as a tribute to his dead father and is often touted among the most highly recognisable logos in the world.  

The famous Speedy handbag was designed in 1930 on Audrey Hepburn’s request to make a smaller version of the hugely popular Keepall bag. This bag marked the brand’s foray into the luxury handbag industry and the rest they say is history. Other hugely popular pieces that are loved by LV enthusiasts and are worthy of an investment are the Louis Vuitton Noe - a utility bucket bag originally designed to store 5 bottles of champagne and the Neverfull - a spacious tote that true to it names lets you carry all your essentials. These classic handbags can be picked up from multiple stores across the country.

Address: Louis Vuitton, No. 101 & 102, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022

Contact: 1800 103 9988

Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Address: Louis Vuitton, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Mumbai 400 001
Contact: 1800 103 9988
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm  

Image Courtesy: Louis Vuitton
Image Courtesy: Louis Vuitton

Dior

In 1954, French couturier, Christian Dior wrote a little doctrine called The Little Dictionary of Fashion where he advised women how to dress impeccably. In it, he advised, “Like all your garments, your bag deserves your attention”. Staying true to its ethos, the brand now provides us with sophisticated pieces that truly form the core pieces of a chic wardrobe.

Among them is the Lady Dior cane-patterned handbag with gilt hardware and double handles that was named after Princess Diana who was frequently spotted with it. Another bag, popularised by a lady is the Dior Saddle bag that was designed by John Galliano in 1999 and jumped to fame after Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) toted the fun accessory on the SATC show. The bag was relaunched in 2018 and was stopped on the arms of every influencer around as it stole the show with its sexy, vintage-loving vibe.  

Address: Dior, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4600 5900
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Dior
Image Courtesy: Dior

Fendi

Another iconic bag that shot to popularity courtesy Sex And The City is the Fendi Baguette. Christened after the French loaf, the iconic bag was the one that Carrie carried all through the third season of the show and was taken by a mobster much to her dismay.

When it comes to iconic or investment bags, you can always count on Italian fur and leather luxury label, Fendi to deliver (and that too with a dose of fun). Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, the 90s Fendi Baguette, the colourful Peekaboo tote, the roomy By The Way bag and the street style darling Kan I are all icons in their own regard. So keep your handbag close when you walk the streets with your iconic Fendi creations.  

Address: Dior, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022 
Contact: 011 4604 0777
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Fendi
Image Courtesy: Fendi

Salvatore Ferragamo

Popularly known as the ‘shoemaker to the stars’, Italian shoe designer, Salvatore Ferragamo had a humble beginning with a repair workshop in Bonito, Italy. It was only after honing his skills in the craft that he made a cross-Atlantic journey to LA and started designed custom made shoes for Hollywood stars including Marylin Monroe. His comfortable and chic designs made him a favourite amongst the elite and over the years the brand branched out to clothing, bags and accessories. While the Rainbow sandals and the Vera flats made Ferragamo a household name, it’s the Sofia Bag that makes it to our iconic handbag list. Named after Ferragomo’s close friend and customer, actress Sophia Loren, this spacious bag is made in soft, supple leather with a front flap and the iconic Gancini fastening.

Address: Salvatore Ferragamo, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4660 9082
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Salvatore Ferragamo
Image Courtesy: Salvatore Ferragamo

Bottega Veneta

If you’re searching for a timeless and ageless handbag then Bottega Veneta is your go-to brand. This Italian leather luxury brand is a pioneer when it comes to leather weaving and creating minimalistic designs making it the preferred choice for classists. A popular choice worthy of investment is the cult favourite, Knot clutch with the Intrecciato woven fabric design, a multitude of colour options and knot clasp. Another key investment that represents the brand’s leather craft heritage is the Intrecciato Leather Tote in earthy shades. Artisanal leather techniques, minimalistic silhouettes, discreet no logo ethos and luxuriant appeal makes the brand high on a handbag connoisseurs list.

Address: Bottega Veneta, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4609 8262
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Bottega Veneta
Image Courtesy: Bottega Veneta

Gucci

Under the reigns of Gucci’s current Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, the Italian luxury brand has become a surrealistic’s dream with their tapestry prints, idiosyncratic tees and genderless silhouettes. From snakes, flowers to dragons, the new Gucci is bold and beautiful and has customers flocking to its doors in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkatta.

This popularity, however, isn’t new to the brand. From the Gucci Bamboo bag (with a unique bamboo handle) to the Jackie (named after former US first lady, Jackie Kennedy used the bag to shield herself from the paparazzi), the house had produced its fair share of it-bags. The iconic GG canvas was born as a result of the WW2 imposed sanctions on leather craftsmanship, now named GG Supreme, the pattern is a must-have among Gucci enthusiasts. While the Gucci icons never go out of style, the bag that is gaining favour amongst the younger set is the Gucci belt bag or fanny pack that’s finding a spot on the waistlines of millennials with its GG Supreme logo and is readily available at the local boutiques.

Address: Gucci, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4647 1111
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Gucci
Image Courtesy: Gucci

Versace

Bold, glamorous, ostentatious - the brand that prides itself with it’s over the top style and persona has been the preferred choice for many luxury-loving Indians. Commonly recognised by its iconic Medusa logo and gilded Baroque motifs, the brand has been notoriously known for its uber sexy dresses - remember Liz Hurley’s 1994 safety pin number? At the same time, Versace’s luxurious handbags have also enticed the public with their designs such as the Palazzo Empire, a timeless top handle bag with the signature Medusa hardware and ornate designs. Looking for an iconic bag to take home? The Icon by Versace - a shoulder chain bag with flap closure and Greek key motif stays true to its name.

Address: Versace, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4897 0000
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Versace
Image Courtesy: Versace

Burberry

There is no more signature item for the British luxury brand, Burberry then their classic trench coat with the Scottish tartan check. The classic plaid design has been synonymous with the company’s heritage designs and the Burberry bags often imbibe this spirit. Key pieces from the brand include the leather TB crossbody bag, named after the founder Thomas Burberry and the Burberry Banner tote with an equestrian theme and ample space to carry all your essentials. Whatever your pick from the Burberry bag library, the touch of the classic Burberry check elevates and adds a luxe feel to the creation.   

Address: Burberry, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4897 0000
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Burberry
Image Courtesy: Burberry

Coach

A late entrant into the Indian luxury market with a store launch in 2018, the American luxury leather label, Coach made its presence felt with its mix of stylish and timeless designs. Back in 2001, the brand launched its signature collection featuring a bold double C design in a variety of colours and styles thereby making its mark on the logomania that had set about. One of Coach’s most iconic design has been their crossbody bag that combines quality, utility and style at an affordable price.  Having carved their niche in the affordable luxury sector, the brand is well on its path to earning fashion credibility. A part of that has been their recent collaboration with singer extraordinaire, Selena Gomez whose line of clothing and accessories added a punch to the classic ideology of the brand.  

Address: Coach, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4927 0626
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Coach
Image Courtesy: Coach

Saint Laurent

Touted as of one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, Yves Saint Laurent left behind a legacy that talks about blurred gender lines, artistic influences and sexuality. His masterpieces like the Mondrian shift dress and Le Smoking tuxedo for women made him a design maverick like no other.

When it comes to accessories, the label termed Saint Laurent entices with its edgy offerings. The most common spotting at the party circuit is the Kate bag, a wallet-like chain shoulder strap bag with the iconic YSL logo. Working women looking for a more spacious option can turn their eyes on the Sac de Jour, launched in 2013 by Hedi Slimane, with compartmentalised interiors will cater to all your organisational needs.  Exciting news for lovers of the revolutionary Parisian brand, as the brand is set to open doors with a boutique at The Chanakya in Delhi.

Address: Saint Laurent, The Chanakya Mall Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021 (opening soon)
Contact: NA
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Saint Laurent
Image Courtesy: Saint Laurent

Christian Louboutin

The iconic red lacquered soles might steal all the attention when it comes to the French label, Christian Louboutin but the brand equally woos its customers with their eclectic style of bags. Typical Christian Louboutin shoe characteristics like the signature red, leopard prints and spikes get translated into the world of bags to create arm candies that are sexy, glamorous and a tad bit eccentric. The Shoepeaks clutch is a perfect example of this style, where the shoe maverick amalgamates the curves of his classic So Kate stilettos together to create an object of art. Other popular choices include the Sweet Charity handbag - a structured style with its chain straps and Louboutin red interiors and the Paloma Tote Bag - that keeps the bag off the ground with its four metal ‘heels’ while its elegant design and compartments make it a great work bag.

Address: Christian Louboutin, Sir Hc Dinshaw Building, 16 Horniman Circle, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001
Contact: 022 4347 1787
Opening Hours: 10.30 am to 7.30 pm

Image Courtesy: Christian Louboutin
Image Courtesy: Christian Louboutin

Michael Kors

In the world of luxury, it is hard to imagine that a brand less than thirty years old can garner such applause and appreciation as Michael Kors has. The American apparel and accessory brand named after its founder shot to fame with the designers clean, urban silhouettes. Catering to the uber stylish working woman, Michael Kors accessories (launched in 2004) with its gold-coin MK logo hits the right cord with its everyday luxury pieces. From crossbody bags to clutches, Kors offers a rather wide variety of bags that are stylish and functional, and most importantly affordable; making it the preferred first luxury purchase for many chic women.       

Address: Michael Kors 462, Palladium Mall, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
Contact: 022 4004 8040
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Michael Kors
Image Courtesy: Michael Kors

Roberto Cavalli

Labelled the ‘King of Excesses’ by Vogue, Roberto Cavalli much like his namesake label has been an artist inspired by an extravagant lifestyle. Wild bohemian prints, patterns and embroideries combined with seductive silhouettes, Cavalli’s school of design is best suited for the jetsetter lifestyle. The bags, then, follow the ostentatious style and often look like works of art that are to be cherished for ages. The entwined snake logo, often spotted in gold, forms the core of the bags which entice you with their choice of bold colours and animal patterns, and can be found at their store in Delhi’s popular luxury destination, DLF Emporio.   

Address: Roberto Cavalli, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4696 0000
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Roberto Cavalli
Image Courtesy: Roberto Cavalli

Jimmy Choo

From a modest cobbler shop in London to an iconic luxury label, Jimmy Choo’s journey has been one filled with controversy and sparkly shoes. From Lady Diana, Sex And The City to song lyrics, the brand has pop culture to thank for getting women to fall head over heels in love with their immaculately designed shoes. From micro bags to party clutches, Jimmy Choos handbags perfectly complement any glamorous attire.

Address: Jimmy Choo, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4660 9069
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Jimmy Choo
Image Courtesy: Jimmy Choo

Tod’s

From a small family-run leather goods workshop in Florence to a renowned luxury brands, Italian label, Tod’s has had a remarkable journey. The only constant being their commitment to timeless designs and expert craftsmanship. From their signature moccasin shoe, Gommino to their classic ballerina flats, the brand’s adherence to high quality goods caused it to carve a niche of its own for both bags and footwear. Lady Diana, or the princess of style gave birth to another feminine bag, namely Tod’s D-bag. A mixture of a doctor bag with a bowling bag, this iconic handbag with its double straps and supple leather makes for a great investment for the stylish working woman.

Address: Tod’s, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4666 2700
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Tod's
Image Courtesy: Tod's

Ted Baker

As one of Britain’s most loved labels, Ted Baker knows what ticks the boxes when it comes to creating a persona for the luxury buyer. After all, the name isn’t that of the founding director but a persona created to express the fun-loving personality of the British brand. From dainty prints, jewel tones, scalloped edges to pretty bows; Ted Baker’s accessories appeal with their ladylike sensibility and style. The brand entered the Indian market in 2018, and has expanded to various boutiques and offers clothing and accessories for both men and women.   

Address: Ted Baker, The Chanakya Mall Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Contact: 011 2688 6070
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm  

Image Courtesy: Ted Baker
Image Courtesy: Ted Baker

Longchamp

There isn’t a more iconic bag when it comes to travel than Longchamp’s Le Pilage. Borrowed from the French word for folding and inspired by the Japanes origami technique, this iconic creation gained popularity because of it fold-up design that converts the bag into a distinctive trapezoidal shape, like an envelope. With a celebrity fan base ranging from Kate Middleton to Miley Cyrus, the bag attracts with its sturdy but light-weight materials and ample colour options. Head to their store in DLF Emporio or at the Delhi airport before you plan your next holiday for a fuss-free luggage solution.

Address: Longchamp, DLF Emporio, DLF Place, New Delhi 110022
Contact: 011 4656 1441
Opening Hours: 11 am to 9 pm

Image Courtesy: Longchamp
Image Courtesy: Longchamp

When it comes to picking a handbag from a luxury brand, it’s usually a good idea to pick the piece from the brand’s boutique as it ensures that the product is genuine and in great condition. Online shops are often an enticing option also as they offer lucrative offers and a wider variety. To avoid counterfeit purchases ensure the following things when shopping for a luxury handbag from a third party vendor, stand-alone boutique or online retailer:

  1. Do your groundwork to ensure that party is selling genuine luxury goods and not directing you to or sourcing from an illegitimate third party vendor.
  2. Be wary of discounts, ensure that the seller is offering a cut in price as authorised by the brand itself.
  3. Examine the products packaging - luxury brands often ensure that their branding is prominently placed on their wrapping as well. Dust bags are a good way to check the branding.
  4. Check for an authenticity card - a lot of luxury brands offer certificates of authentication with serial numbers to ensure the legitimacy of your purchase.
  5. Check for inside trimmings and back zippers to ensure brand visibility.

From trendy must-have pieces loved by bloggers and influencers to classic styles named after iconic stars; there are a plethora of options for you to choose from when investing in luxury handbags.

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