Handbags as a fashion item has become a common fixture for the modern women. They come in various brands, shapes, styles, and colors. Some are designed for high end fashion, while others are created to complement the urban woman. Whatever the case, many women don’t go out without their handbags either as a piece of functionality or a fashion statement. And for those who believe that there is no better spot than being at the top, when it comes to what they carry in the crock of their hand or hanging down their shoulder, these expensive and exquisite handbags will surely tickle their fancy as well as their wallets.
Mouawad’s 1001 Nights Diamond Purse
Price: $3.8 million
Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive handbag in the world, this one of a kind bag is the masterwork of 10 professional artisans who put in 8,800 hours to complete the bag. The heart-shaped purse is hammered and fashioned from 18k gold but the real highlight are the precious stones that adorn its surface – 56 pink diamonds, 105 yellow diamonds and 4,356 colorless diamonds.
Hermes Birkin Bag by Ginza Tanaka
Price: $1.9 million
When Hermes decided to create a Birkin bag with iconic Japanese designer, Ginza Tanaka at the helm, the result was breathtaking. Fashioned from platinum, already a very precious metal by itself, this Brikin bag also flaunts 2,000 diamonds in its outer shell. On top of that, the bag comes with a diamond sling that can be removed and be used as a bracelet or a necklace. A centerpiece diamond, a pear-shaped 8-karat stone sits at the front and can be removed and worn as a brooch. Platinum plus diamonds is a very expensive combination indeed.
Chanel “Diamond Forever” Handbag
Nothing beats the classic and that is certainly the case with this handbag. It’s crafted from fine crocodile leather and adorned with 334 diamonds totaling 3.65 carats. The shoulder straps are fashioned from white gold. All this warrants a heavy price of $261,000. There are only 13 of these made and five are in the United States.
Lana Marks Cleopatra Bag
Usually, only one Cleopatra bag is produced every year and each bag differs in design and color. A highly coveted item in the fashion world, last year’s Cleopatra bag from Lana Marks is made of alligator hide in a metallic silver hue. The 18-karat white gold clasp is encrusted with 1,500 black and white diamonds.
Urban Satchel Louis Vuitton Bag
Another brazen design from Louis Vuitton. This bag is literarily made of trash. Composed of derelict items such as water bottles, cigarette packs, and chewing gum wrappers, the urban satchel bag looks like it belongs to the garbage dump rather than a woman’s closet.
Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag
Created in honour of singer and actress, Jane Brikin, this beautiful purse from Hermes is crafted from top grade crocodile leather and features clasps decorated with 10-carat white diamonds. For those who do not have the cash to splurge on this item, Hermes offers lower priced versions for just $5,000. That said, such figure is still a huge amount to a lot of people.
Leiber Precious Rose Bag
Molded to take the shape of a rose in full bloom, this top notch purse from Leiber is made of high quality materials, from the leather down to the metal clasps and sling. But its high value comes from the fact that it is practically covered in precious stones; 1,016 diamonds, 800 tourmalines and 1,196 pink sapphires to be exact. A perfect partner for women.
Louis Vuitton tribute patchwork bag
Breaking from the usual trend and mold and blazing its own path, the Louis Vuitton tribute patchwork bag flaunts a radical look that is rare among high end designer handbags. The design features several handbags patched into a single item. It’s like having multiple bags at the same time. Only 20 of these were ever made and music siren, Beyonce Knowles already has one.
Gadino Bag by Hilde Palladino
Apart from the supple yet tough crocodile leather, this handbag gets its value from being designed by Hilde Palladino, one of Norway’s leading fashion figures. Besides, it is fitted with clasps made of white gold and is adorned with 39 high quality white diamonds.
Marc Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile Handbag
Made from exotic crocodile leather, this elegant piece from the stable of Marc Jacobs, parades a segmented leather exterior and inside. Separators and extra pockets provide smooth organization and systematic segregation of contents.