For centuries, artists have turned to women as their sources of inspiration. Paintings, sculptures, films, and, more recently, bags have been memorialized and named after the females that galvanized artists wanting to commemorate their muses. Just through her being, a woman can instill a legacy that will withstand the test of time and carry her name for centuries. Designers are no exception to this rule, often molding their work after the human personification of their visions. To give a name is to create a heritage — which is why designers choose their muses wisely.
The Birkin, the Lady Dior, and the Jackie are all namesakes of some of the past’s brightest luminaries; women who changed the fashion landscape to the point that present-day designers have become accustomed to naming bags after their favorite stars. In celebration of Handbag Day, today, we’ve rounded up a selection of six iconic bags named after particularly iconic women.
One of the most sought-after and infamous bags in accessories history, the Hermès Birkin is the mother of all iconic bags. Named after American actress Jane Birkin in 1984, the bag has become synonymous with the effortless style and alluring nature of Jane herself.
Grace Kelly is the epitome of class and Hollywood glam, but to much surprise, the Hermès bag wasn’t initially named after her. After she fell in love with it on the set of an Alfred Hitchcock film, she was spotted wearing it and in 1977 it was officially renamed after the princess.
Originally named the Fifties Constance, Gucci’s now infamous ‘Jackie’ bag was a favorite of Jackie Kennedy, who was often spotted with it. Due to the popularity of the bag, Gucci knew it was only fitting to change its name to ‘Jackie’ in the late 60s.
The Lady Dior
Given as a gift from the French First Lady Bernadette Chirac to Princess Diana on a visit in 1995, the Dior fashion house was contacted to create a bag specifically for the princess. Though it wasn’t originally named Lady Dior, shortly after Diana was photographed wearing it often, the bag was renamed in her honor.
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has the style to match her serious intellect, and in 2014 Italian label Ballin created a bag in her honor. The ‘Amal’ is a classic tote that the lawyer has been seen wearing herself on many occasions.
Nina Simone wasn’t just a phenomenal singer, songwriter, and pianist; her social rights activism changed the world. A woman of many talents, Nina was the inspiration behind this Gabriela Hearst must-have and cult-favorite item.