A quality bag can lend that ideal balance between subtle elegance and fashion statement to an outfit, stylists, designer and fashion critics keep telling us, like a mantra of sophistication. And a quality bag can be the most pricy, be it also valuable, item of a wardrobe, we say. But is it that the price differential of the most expensive bags in the world is able to justify an exponentially more refined allure? How expensive is too expensive? And what is it that sets apart the one of a kinds from a ’’simple’’ Birkin or an, ah so ’’simple’’, Louis Vuitton?
From the heart of the Orient… USD 3 800 000 – Mouawad 1001 Nights – made out of 18k gold, encrusted with 381,92k diamonds, more precisely 4 517 individual stones: 4 356 colourless, 105 yellow and 56 pink, a one of a kind piece
The crown jewels… USD 1 900 000 – Hermés Birkin designed by Ginza Tanaka – platinum, with over 2 000 inlaid diamonds, including a tear shaped 8k stone that can be worn separately, just like the diamond laden strap which can double (triple) as a necklace or bracelet, one of a kind
The little white bag… USD 261 000 – Chanel Diamond Forever – white 18k gold and, of course, 334 diamonds of 3,56k, 13 pieces limited edition
A clutch to die for… USD 250 000 – Lana Marks Cleopatra – again 18k white gold, 1 500 black and white diamonds and, makes its entry… the alligator skin. The designer makes just one such bag a year.
The white crocodile, a rare species indeed… USD 120 000 – Hermés Birkin Matte Crocodile – crocodile skin spiced up with 10k worth of white diamonds
A rose is a rose… USD 92 000 – Leiber Precious Rose – a true bargain: 1 016 diamonds, 1 169 pink sapphires and 800 tourmalines, one of a kind, of course
A collection bag, a bag of collection bags… USD 42 000 – Louis Vuitton Tribute Patchwork – no exotic skins or diamonds, just a mix of LV’s most iconic models, available in only 20 pieces
White beauty… USD 38 470 – Gadino by Hilde Palladino – obviously, alligator skin and 39 white gold encrusted diamonds
Marc Jacobs’ treasure… USD 38 000 – Marc Jacobs Caroline – quite simply wild purple crocodile skin
A rare beauty… USD 38 000 – Fendi Selleria – sable and chinchilla skin, at your choice
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