Not Just For The One Percent! Namesake Purses for the Rest of Us

It’s a rarefied group – women who’ve had purses named after them. Here are a few famous examples:

  • The Birkin, named for Jane Birkin. The Chief Executive of Hermes had this classic bag designed for the singer/actress after he saw her belongings spill out of her straw carry-on bag. Ms. Birkin is believed to have said later of the iconic bag, ” . . . it’s bloody heavy.” Prices range from $9,000 to $150,000, depending on the materials and, imo, the created scarcity.
  • The Hermes Kelly bag, for Grace Kelly, of course. The bag was actually designed in the 1930’s but rocketed to fame in 1956 when the Princess of Monaco was photographed carrying it to disguise her baby bump. The Kelly bag has a single strap, the Birkin has a double.
  • Then there’s the Lady Dior, named for Princess Diana, with her permission. She propelled this bag to fame by wearing it in 1995, then ordering it in every style available. As Diana was the most photographed woman in the world at the time, the purse got a lot of press!

I don’t pine for these outrageously priced purses. They’re so far into the stratosphere that my budget can’t even see them from here. But how fun would it be to name a bag for oneself? Let’s do it, let’s love us some us, and christen a bag in our honor.

Here are some of my ideas for the P. Diane, and I’d love to know if you’ve chosen your namesake?

This captures the essence of Crazy Cat Lady while retaining my dignity (right?)
The City of My Dreams, always at my side. Source.
Clean, elegant, and so, so useful for everyday. Source.

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  1. Awesome fun post. I love the idea of this Patti – and yes, we all deserve our own Namesake Purse. Mine would need some sort of Nikon DSLR on it in one form or another πŸ˜‰ Of those you showcased, I'd could do with a Birkin πŸ˜‰

  2. Ahh, the Birkin.. thankfully it is too elegant and posh for me. I have to admit I am a bag lady, went crazy over Chanel a few years back and have quiet a few in my collection but I hardly wear them! I found them too elegant, so unlike me. If a bag were to be made and named after me it would be in fabulous soft, worn vintage like leather, great sturdy hardware, no frills and pomps! Something like Balenciaga city πŸ™‚

    Great post, Patti! Have a great weekend and see you Monday!



  3. I've settled on the perfect Ana bag, which I am working on finding in every one of my major neutral colours: a double-handled voluminous shopper tote, no hardware, no bling at ALL, in leather soft enough to mould to my body while I'm on public transport. I've got it in brown and navy/teal at the moment, and am gunning for grey, black and white.

  4. Hrm! I can't say I have a bag named after me, but I do dearly miss my old denim and pleather bag I thrifted (pictured here: but it gave up the ghost awhile back and I'm rocking a small black crossbody bag.

    Ideally I like a medium sized back with two handles that fit over my shoulder. Preferably in a nice odd-neutral (denim blue, olive, etc). But I've yet to find it in my price range. I do not pay out for purses. In fact, I've never spent over $15 for a bag. Which is weird since I usually only have one bag at a time. I've just never found the right one – at any price point!

  5. Aren't those bags marvellous my fav is the Lady Di
    I love your bags as well, the cat bag is my fav

    Ariane xxx

  6. I received an unbidden Birkin as a gift from my French fiance at the time and let me vouch for Jane Birkin's assessment. It's just so HEAVY. I just weighed it on the kitchen scale and completely and it weighs 3 pounds 10 ounces completely empty. I'm a pretty sturdy gal and my arms get worn out from carrying it, so I don't know how those super-slim women like Victoria Beckham can lug one around and not fall over. Don't get me wrong, it's a magnificently made bag but honestly, aside from occasions where I need its ridiculous magical status powers and being able to pack it to the brim as a "personal item" on the plane, it's really more fuss than it's worth.

    My bag would be a smallish structured 1940's style clutch with architectural art deco elements. It would also weigh less than a pound.

  7. More than once I have bought a second-hand bag only to find out later it's a diaper bag! The size and pockets always seem right to me, and I'm sure in the right circumstances that changing pad would come in handy.

  8. Oh, the wine carrier would be so handy, so discreet for work! You could call that one The Val.

  9. Interesting post. You've inspired me to do a post on my own handbags.

    In my closet I have a little shelf section of "Linda bags" which are vintage, one-of-a-kind, handmade, Mexican, tooled leather bags and handmade macrame bags from the 70s. The most expensive one was maybe $35. I LOVE them and get lots of complements on them. Absolutely no way I'd trade them for designer.

  10. You are such a sweet fun person and I love that you share so much good information. Thanks for all your efforts!

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