11 luxury designer bags that were named after celebrities
You’re clearly not famous enough if you don’t have a bag named after you
If you love everything that Selena Gomez touches, your bag collection is in serious need of an update. Coach just announced a collaboration with the multi-hyphenate — she also happens to be their brand ambassador — which has birthed the Selena Grace bag in soft red leather. The new carryall packs in more than a few personalised touches: a hangtag with her signature, a storypatch on the inside with the message “To be you is to be strong”, and the phrase “Love yourself first” in Selena’s handwriting embossed onto the base of the bag.
With her new Coach bag, Selena joins the rarefied list of celebrities who have been immortalised in fashion. The most famous of the bunch being Jane Birkin, the stylish French actress whose chance encounter with Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas resulted in the creation of one of the most coveted pieces of arm candy in the world.
We turn over pages of fashion history to take a look at iconic handbags that have been named after your favourite celebrities.
11 iconic bags named after celebrities
The Coach x Selena Gomez collection features the Selena Grace bag designed by Selena and Creative Director Stuart Vevers. What makes this collection special is Selena’s handwritten “Love yourself first” message embossed onto the base of the bag. The collection hits stores on September 1, 2017.
How can our fashion history book be complete without an entire chapter dedicated to one of the biggest style icons, Grace Kelly? Competing closely with the Birkin, the Kelly bag was named after the star when she was seen carrying it multiple times, most famously to hide her pregnancy from the paparazzi.
The most popular bag also has the most amusing story behind it. In 1981, the Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas happened to meet actress Jane Birkin on an airplane, and what would their conversation be about, but bags? Apparently, Jane told Jean about how she didn’t have the “right” bag that was spacious enough. Three years later, she was holding her namesake leather bag—which is probably more of a legend today than she is.
Mulberry found solace in 'Summertime Sadness' and decided to design a bag as an ode to singer Lana Del Rey.
What do you do when one of the biggest celebrities is seen carrying your bag, like, all the time? You name it after her, of course. Mulberry named this leather satchel after Alexa Chung, if you haven’t caught up already.
This bag was initially named after one of the leading ladies of the Hermès dynasty, Constance. But when it was so frequently seen on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, it was rechristened to a name inspired by her—the O-bag.
Dior created this bag in 1994, but gave it the name of the Lady Dior in honour of Princess Diana, who called it her favourite bag.
The Sofia bag was named after actress Sophia Loren, a long-time customer and close friend of the designer.
Launched in collaboration with Cara Delevingne, this collection is most known for featuring a copy of her tattoo “Made in England” at the bottom of each bag. Thank goodness the brand’s British.
Designer Luella Bartley approached Mulberry to collaborate on a bag that was named the Mulberry Luella. But when model Giselle Bündchen carried the bag down the runway for the Mulberry show in 2001, the bag suddenly became all the rage. It was then renamed the Gisele bag.
Designer Marc Jacobs played on model Jessica Stam as his muse for this bag which slowly became one of the most famous bags of the 2000s.