Of all the love affairs we have with fashion, it is the one with the handbag that is by far the most passionate, obsessive, and likely to cause the type of behaviour that, under normal circumstances, would warrant attention from a specialist. In fact, we'd go so far as to suggest that a bag is never merely a bag; it is character definition in accessory form.
It's understandable, then, that occasionally one of these accessories will reach lofty iconic status, transcending borders, generations, and seasons to become a true classic. Yup, we're talking to you, Chanel's 2.55, Hermès' Birkin, and Balenciaga's Lariat. These are the bags that have had all of us mewing in the accessories hall in Selfridges, or obsessively working out cost-per-wear theories. But, there's a new generation of handbag labels out there. And they're worth knowing. Ahead, meet the fourteen labels with future-heirloom status written all over them. Your Chanel fund may soon have a new purpose...Want even more R29? Get the latest news, tips, and can't-resist stories delivered straight to your newsfeed, in real time. Like us on Facebook — we'll see you there!