The Romance of Luxury Bags

"I want someone to look at me the way I look at a Chanel bag." - Unknown 

Ever wonder why designer bags are popular gifts for anniversaries, Valentine's Day, and other special occasions? Why are they such a powerful expression of love? You may think that designer bags are great gifts just because they are valuable and well-made, but there is more to the story.

Handbags have historically symbolized everything from fashion to status, but they also carry memories, and love. The story of how handbags became such a powerful expression of romance goes back hundreds of years.

Purses as far back as the Middle Ages were more than simply money carriers, they were also a symbol representing marriage and betrothal. Each bag told a story about who you are and what your life is like. The designs were frequently embroidered to illustrate these stories, and required incredible amounts of time and craftsmanship to create.

In a telling modern example, many believe the Chanel logo itself represents Coco's love for her business collaborator Arthur "Boy" Capel – since Capel's own wardrobe served as the inspiration for Coco's designs.

Whether it's the simple romance of a gift for a loved one, or the story, status and glamour of celebrities that carry the same designer luxury bags, from Madonna and Elton John to Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, nowadays, buying a loved one a luxury designer bag can be seen as a bold and romantic move. A special gift to metaphorically "hold" all the memories you share together.

That doesn't stop us from treating ourselves with a little luxury love now and then, too!

What designer bag represents you?  Here are our top 10 picks for the most romantic luxury bags this Valentine's day.

PS. If you haven't already heard, we're running a Versace Valentine's giveaway here. You can also shop our Valentine's collection, with up to 80% off for a limited time.

10. Burberry Beige 1983 Waist Fanny Pack Bag

NEW Burberry Beige 1983 Check Link Waist Bag Fanny Pack Bum Bag
9. MCM Fuchsia Pink Diamond Textured Leather

NEW MCM Fuchsia Pink Diamond Textured Patent Leather Stark Backpack Rucksack Bag
8. MCM Pink Diamond Textured Leather Backpack

NEW MCM Pink Stark Bebe Diamond Monogram Leather Backpack Rucksack
7. Balenciaga Red Leather XS Crossbody Shoulder Bag

NEW Balenciaga Women's Red Leather XS Everyday Crossbody Shoulder Camera Bag
6. Burberry Red Leather Shoulder Crossbody Bag

NEW Burberry Red Baby Banner Leather Tote Shoulder Crossbody Bag

5. Versace Pink Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag
NEW Versace Pink Virtus Nappa Quilted Leather Crossbody Shoulder Bag

4. Jimmy Choo Leopard Print Shoulder Bag 

NEW Jimmy Choo Multicolor Candice Leopard Print Nylon Crossbody Shoulder Bag
3. Balenciaga Black Pink Snake Embossed Crossbody Bag

NEW Balenciaga Black/Pink Ville XXS Top Handle Snake Embossed Calfskin Crossbody Bag
2. Christian Louboutin Pink Crossbody Shoulder Bag

NEW Christian Louboutin Pink Vichy Canvas Crossbody Shoulder Bag
1. Versace Red Embroided Logo Shoulder Bag

NEW Versace Red Embroidered Logo Canvas Tote Shoulder Bag