The Kelly, the PS1, the Speedy: It bags have become so major over the years, that they scarcely even need a designer name attached! We discuss the appeal at length in our Winter 2012 issue, but today, we’re putting these bags to the test: in the battle of It bag supremacy, which comes out on top?
<strong>The Hermès Kelly</strong>: Named after classic Hollywood star <b>Grace Kelly</b>, this bag is eternally coveted by Hollywood A-listers and fashion girls alike. Victoria Beckham is rumoured to have a personal Hermès collection of over 100 bags!
<b>The Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton Speedy 30</b>: Sprouse’s art gave Louis Vuitton’s classic bag street cred and is to this day one of Marc Jacobs’ most famed redesigns of the traditional monogram.
The It Bag: The Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton Speedy 30
<b>The Cèline Trapeze</b>: The newest It bag is as practical as it is stylish. After blowing up this summer on fashion blogs worldwide, this ladylike stunner (complete with surprise luggage flaps) is poised to take its place in the It bag hall of fame for years to come.
<b>The Marc Jacobs Stam</b>: Inspired by and named after homegrown model Jessica Stam, this quilted bag peaked in popularity in 2005 when it was seen on the arms of its namesake as well as the likes of then It girl Lindsay Lohan.
<b>The Balenciaga City</b>: Circa 2009, Nicole Richie and Lauren Conrad were almost never seen without this tough-looking bag on their wrists. Now available in every colour of the rainbow, this versatile bag has become as classic as a Kelly.
<b>The Yves Saint Laurent Muse</b>: Its perfect size and sophisticated shape catapulted Yves Saint Laurent’s take on the bowling bag into It bag status with unsuspecting fans like Kate Moss and Jessica Alba.
<strong>The Chanel 2.55</strong>: Über-stylist Rachel Zoe goes bananas over Chanel bags, notably the classic quilted flap-style 2.55. And whatever Zoe loves ultimately ends up on her Zoebots, current and former: most famously, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan and Cameron Diaz.
<b>The Fendi Baguette</b>: In season three of <em>Sex and the City</em>, it was practically part of the cast, on Carrie’s arm more often than Mr. Big. In one episode, Carrie’s is stolen. (Thief: “Give me your bag.” Carrie: “It’s a Baguette!”)