"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.