Friday, September 5, 2014

Top Ten Countdown of Best Bags Ever

Top Ten Countdown of Best Bags Ever! This is a Top Ten Countdown of the very Best Bags ever! I performed all my own research over the past several years to prepare this page. This page of a top ten countdown is my own summary.

CAVALCANTI Italian Light Orange Calf Leather Designer Tote Handbag
I am a self-described bag-a-holic as I own a few hundred bags, have bought and sold bags online for a number of years, and search for bags everyday. To us ladies, the bag is an essential component of our wardrobe! We have got to have the right bag to go with our new outfit ... plus a pair of shoes!

This lens presents my original interpretation of the "Best Bags" -- no matter what the price -- as I see them. Trust me as this is a tough task to present my Top Ten as it is like comparing apples with oranges or trying to pick your favorite child!

By the way! Do you see that I authored this lens in April 2006? I was talking about top ten countdowns and the "best" of something when I was a brand new lensmaster! I'd say I was getting off on the right foot right from the start; wouldn't you? Think about how many lenses you have seen which talk about "top ten" and "best" of something! There; the cat is out of the bag, so to speak!

It is a Top Ten Countdown of the very Best Bags!</b> 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 !!!

Photo Credit: CAVALCANTI Italian Light Orange Calf Leather Designer Tote Handbag. Love it!

The Best Bags Reader Poll Quick, how many bags do you OWN? Answer me this ... Can you count that high? Over 50 -- OMG Maybe 40-50 Conservatively 30-40 Not THAT many 20-30 A Reasonable 10-20 Oh, 10 or Less ONLY one !!!

What Inspired Me to Do the Research
And report my fashion findings to my readers ...

I was inspired to write this lens after all my years of experience with handbags. I've seen the use of confusing terminology to describe handbags and figured if I was confused, so must a lot of other people be confused.

According to Wikipedia:
inspired: having excellence through inspiration;
replica: an exact copy;
counterfeit: a non-genuine article;
mirror image: an image that is reversed from left to right, as it would appear if seen in a mirror; a reflection.

My interpretation of the above definitions makes me think that an "inspired" handbag or fashion item is more acceptable than say a "replica" or "mirror image." After all, don't we usually hear from the red carpet designers the day after the Academy Awards when they are creating their "inspired" fashions?

The Top Ten Countdown of Best Bags Ever
It was a scientific analysis of the designer handbag market by JaguarJulie

Fendi Canvas/Patent Eyelet Bag
#10 Fendi Canvas/Patent Eyelet Bag $1,400 - This is the Fendi Canvas/Patent Eyelet Bag which has great “classic” appeal because of it’s contrasting colors. It gives the appearance of a black and white handbag that makes it a very versatile accessory.

The canvas style has patent leather piping and logo trim with eyelet detail and calfskin bottom. From the Resort 2007 Collection. Brass hardware, topstitching. Double rope shoulder straps, with 8″ drop. Inside buckle closure. One inside zip pocket and canvas lining.

It’s a great size at 19″ wide X 13″ high X 7-1/4″ deep. Yep — another made in Italy handbag!

Versace Metallic Zip Bowler
#9 Versace Metallic Zip Bowler $3,165 - The Versace Metallic Zip Bowler handbag is super trendy because of the dome Muse-like shape and the bronze color. It’s hair-calf too!

Tonal patent leather trim. Gold-tone hardware. Top handles with rings; zip top. Two front zip pockets. Logo plate on front. It’s 15-7/10″ high x 11-4/5″ wide x 4-7/10″ deep.

And, best of all, it’s made in Italy.

Louis Vuitton Mahina
#8 Louis Vuitton Mahina $3,750 - The Louis Vuitton Mahina handbag is super stylish and very roomy. Every woman’s wardrobe needs a white or light-colored handbag and this one fits the ticket to a tee!

It’s soft and luxurious leather that is perforated by a monogram design. It’s 32.2″ x 16.5″ x 11.4″.

Dolce & Gabbana Borsa A Spalla Bag
#7 Dolce & Gabbana Borsa A Spalla Bag $1,795 - I love the classic style of the Dolce & Gabbana Borsa A Spalla Bag!

It’s luscious pebbled leather gleams with silver hardware and a shining removable chain strap. 4″ double handle drop. 12″ detachable shoulder strap. Magnetic snap closure. Two exterior magnetic snap compartments. Interior holds one zip and one cell pocket. Signature leopard print silk lining.

It’s another somewhat roomy bag at 16″ wide x 11″ high x 3-1/2″ deep. You guessed it … it’s made in Italy.

Givenchy Large Patent Nightingale
#6 Givenchy Large Patent Nightingale $1,695 - The Givenchy Large Patent Nightingale has been picked as the #1 bag for this top ten list because of it’s style, affordability, and celebrity appeal.

For the price, it’s a lot of bang and classic style.

This is the larger satchel in patent leather. With two leather handles and detachable shoulder strap. Black or brown.

Gucci Indy Bag
#5 Gucci Indy Bag $2,495 - This is the Gucci Indy large top handle bag with single handle, detachable shoulder strap, engraved gucci script logo, tassels with bamboo detail, metal plates, studs, inside zip pocket, and cell phone pocket.

It’s fairly roomy at 18.9″ long x 5.5″ wide x 13″ high. There are a variety of color combinations–this one is black/bronze degrade patent leather with dark gold hardware that is a website exclusive from

Bottega Veneta Knot
#4 Bottega Veneta Knot $1,100 - Every woman needs a clutch bag and this is such a perfect and affordable little number.

It’s the Bottega Veneta Knot that is leather lined with a nappa trim. The body is a silk satin and it measures 7″ x 2″ x 4″. The color is Nero or black.

Alexander McQueen Elvie
#3 Alexander McQueen Elvie $1,195 - This is the Alexander McQueen Elvie bag that is antique gold leather.

It has an appealing shape with a lot of bling styling. I love that domed handle. It is like carrying a piece of jewelry!

The metallic gold is super hot and trendy!

Chloe Paddington Leather Satchel
#2 Chloe Paddington Leather Satchel $1,800 - The Chloé Paddington Leather Satchel has been a celebrity favorite for several seasons … that’s why it’s made the Top Ten list!

It’s a classic bag with elegant lines, accented with studs and the signature Chloé padlock and key ornaments. Topstitching; buckle strap detail at sides; double top handles; double silver top zip and tab closure; one inside zip pocket; standing feet on bottom; canvas lining.

It’s fairly roomy at 17″ wide by 12-1/4″ high by 7″ deep. It’s also made in Italy.

Valentino Patent Side Bow Tote
#1--TIE!!! Valentino Patent Side Bow Tote $1,795 - This tote bag by Valentino is adorable and hot.

The red is a super trendy color, not to mention the patent leather is so in.

Tonal topstitching. Gold-tone hardware.

Top handles with rings. Bow detail across front. Logo plate detail. Made in Italy.

Valentino Leopard Side Bow Shopper
#1--TIE!!! Valentino Leopard Side Bow Shopper $2,495 - From the dramatic bow to the head-to-toe, dripping-in-leopard ponyhair exterior, this purse is too showy to be even remotely practical.

Leopard-printed ponyhair with a dramatic bow, gold hardware, and bright red logo plate.

7-3/4″ double handle drop (hand carry like the 2nd photo or It can also carry in the shoulder but with light clothing). Magnetic snap closure. 3 compartments – middle one with V-zipper closure. Red polyester satin lining.

I love the size of this 14″ wide x 15-1/2″ high x 7″ deep. It’s also made in Italy!

Contenders and Honorable Mention for Best Bags Ever!
These designer handbags almost made the countdown!

Valentino Couture Bag
"Top Ten" Contender: Valentino Couture Bag $1,950 - I seriously want this bag!!! I’ve got to have it! Here it is, another Valentino — it’s the Valentino Couture Bag.

Soft nappa leather with woven and gathered details. Braided top handles, 6-1/2″ drop. Top zip closure. Logo hardware. Standing feet. Inside zip pocket. Cotton canvas lining.

It’s super roomy at 26″wide x 16″ high x 9″ deep. And, it’s made in Italy.

Valentino Maison Studded Satchel
"Top Ten" Contender: Valentino Maison Studded Satchel $2,495 - This is a beautiful and classic Valentino Maison Studded Satchel.

Beautifully textured in hand-tucked calfskin with allover golden stud accents. Double top handles, 6″ drop. Double top zip closure. Inside zip pocket. Cotton canvas lining.

A perfect size of 15″ wide x 11-1/2″ high x 4-1/2″ deep. It’s made in Italy.

Valentino Tuxedo Nappa Frame Bag
"Top Ten" Contender: Valentino Tuxedo Nappa Frame Bag $1,795 - Another yummy Valentino handbag — it’s the Valentino Tuxedo Nappa Frame Bag. As I’m a fan of the “structured” classic handbag, this one fits that to a tee!

Pintucked and bow accents give this soft nappa leather bag a tuxedo style. Contrast stitching detailing. Goldtone logo plaque. Double top handles, 6-1/2″ drop. Magnetic frame closure. Inside zip pocket. Cotton canvas lining.

It’s a perfect size of 16″ wide x 13″ high x 4″ deep. Yep, it’s made in Italy.

Prada Tessuto Gauffre Tote
"Top Ten" Contender: Prada Tessuto Gauffre Tote $2,120 - This is so yummy and hot! It’s the Prada Tessuto Gauffre Tote.

Nappa gaufre tote with detachable shoulder strap.

It’s 10-1/4″ wide x 13″ high x 5″ deep.

Yep–it’s made in Italy.

Marc Jacobs Patchwork Carolyn Satchel
"Top Ten" Contender: Marc Jacobs Patchwork Carolyn Satchel $1,250 - This is the adorable Marc Jacobs Patchwork “Carolyn” Satchel in Ivory.

Large leather patchwork satchel with double handles. Top zip closure. Inside zip, cell and additional pockets. Lined.

It’s a great size of 11-1/2″ high x 16″ wide x 5-1/2″ deep with a 5″ drop. It’s imported from Italy.

Vamp Bags Vicki
Honorable Mention: Vamp Bags Vicki $200 - There are a lot of well-known brand name handbags that are coveted, from Chloe to Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Gucci to name just a few. But, I’m turning the spotlight on an interesting handbag I came across on eBags.

Vamp Bags Vicki is three bags in one. Vicki goes from the clutch to market bag to shoulder bag in just moments. It has a top flap entry with zipper closure, two slide interior pockets, oversized exterior pocket, faux leather material with faux suede lining, removable strap with polished silver hooks, and large silver O Rings for handles or decoration. It’s 13″ x 11″ x 1″ with a 25″ linear length.

You’ll find it at eBags for just a smidge over $200.00. What a deal.

Fossil Sedona Satchel
Honorable Mention: Fossil Sedona Satchel $118 - As you probably already figured out, I’m crazy about RED handbags. The Fossil Sedona Satchel handbag would be a contender in my Top Ten for 2007 for lower range handbags as it is classic, stylish and ever so affordable at only $118.00!

And, it’s Italian leather making it ever so desirable.

It has hand stitching detail with a top zip closure, one main interior compartment with three pockets plus a removable shoulder strap. It’s 8.25″ x 8″ x 3″.

Isabella Fiore Snake Charmer Calco Penelope Handbag
Spotlight Bag: Isabella Fiore - OMG! I was just browsing the handbag listings on eBay and came across a Hermes Birkin with a BIN of $46,999.99!!! If that’s a little too pricey for you, there’s always another for only $40,999.99 or $39,999.99. Call me crazy, but that’s a totally ridiculous price for a handbag–that’s more than my car–well actually, I could have both my car in two different colors!

Well, to get back down to earth–I’m a typical woman who has got oodles of handbags AND shoes. You know, I’ve just got to coordinate with my outfits. Naturally, my “favorite” handbag tends to change with the seasons. Hence, this “spotlight” segment to highlight that one particular bag that’s caught my eye; well, for the moment! ;-)

OK … drum roll, it’s the Isabella Fiore Snake Charmer Calco Penelope Handbag in a deep turquoise. It’s a snakeskin embossed leather bag that has beautiful detailing and pretty tassels. Sorry to be a tease, but I think it’s next to impossible to find this bag new today. I’ll try and find another Spotlight Bag that you can actually buy. ;-)

2006 Top Ten Countdown of the Best Bags Ever
It's a historical archive study of the best bags by JaguarJulie

#10 BCBG Max Azria Signature Hobo
#9 Prague Leather Frame Flower Bag
#8 Fendi Spy Bag
#7 Dooney & Bourke Nile Medium Duffle Bag
#6 Brighton Corazon Heart Handle
#5 Dooney & Bourke Pink Ostrich Domed Satchel
#4 Chanel Black Hobo
#3 Banana Republic Tangiers
#2 La Tour Eiffel Papillon Bow Barrel
#1 Givenchy Baguette

Hungarian trivia ... Bag in Hungarian, is táska which comes from the Italian tasca. Why Hungarian trivia? Jaguar Julie is a proud writer celebrating her Hungarian heritage.

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What are your best bags? Hope you enjoyed the top ten countdown of best bags! So, what are your favorite handbags? Do you own hundreds like I do? What would be your “Top Ten?” Do you collect handbags? I’d love to hear from you.

History: Top Ten Countdown : Best Bags Ever! was originally created on Squidoo by JaguarJulie on April 18, 2006. Highest lensrank ever achieved: #174 overall. Lens #18 in the quest for Giant Squid 100 Club Charter Member 2007.

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