Christie’s online luxury handbags sales feature covetable handbags, classic clutches and more by Hermès, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, among many other sought-after brands. To celebrate the launch of our Handbag Shop, which begins 5 December, we asked our specialists for their favorite facts about the bags we love.
Year Hermès introduced the Haut à Courroies bag, the precursor to the Birkin bag: 1892
Artisans needed to weave together the leather strips of a Bottega Veneta Cabat bag: 2
Year Gucci began using bamboo accents on handbags as a result of wartime shortages, creating an iconic look still in production today: 1947
Portion of Louis Vuitton’s 2003 revenue that came from sales of Takashi Murakami and Marc Jacobs’ handbag collaboration: 10%
Amount a one-of-a-kind Hermès Passe-Guide bag sold for at Christie’s in 2013: $34,212
Prototype Lariat handbags produced by Nicolas Ghesquière for the Balenciaga fashion show in 2001, which were never intended for sale in stores: 25
Year Coco Chanel released her iconic flap bag, called the 2.55, after the month (February) and year of its inception: 1955
Reported number of minutes during which artist George Condo painted a vintage Hermès Birkin bag for Kim Kardashian: 15
Approximate number of hours required to create a single handle on an Hermès Kelly bag: 4
Year trunkmaker Louis Vuitton created his now classic monogram canvas to protect his products against counterfeiting: 1896
here to see more bags by Chanel, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton at Christie’s new online Handbag Shop.