“Fashion evolves but style endures” – a sentiment we love at G&T and one we encounter every day. Fashions change; that dress we lusted over last week has been replaced by a different, better one and those shiny silver platform boots that were all the rage are now just impractical and uncomfortable.

Some things never go out of style though – blue jeans, a white shirt, a little black dress and probably the most important piece; a timeless designer handbag.
Bag trends come and go too with designers releasing styles every year that will have been long forgotten come the next season. There are some though, the ‘it bags’ whose style is eternal and will remain a trustworthy member of your wardrobe for years. Here, we look at the 5 iconic bags everyone should own

Fendi Baguette

Designed to be carried under the arm like the delicious French loaf it was named after, the Fendi Baguette was originally released in 1997 and is available in over 700 styles. Practical, minimal and yet still effortlessly chic, the Baguette bag is your perfect evening companion. With some designs costing over £2000, the black canvas Fendi Baguette we currently have at G&T is simple, classic and in excellent condition with the original dust bag. Priced at £180, it’s your opportunity to own one of the world’s most iconic bags!

Bottega Veneta Woven Bag

From the brand who’s motto was “when your own initials are enough” Bottega Veneta have continued to pride themselves on exquisite craftsmanship and timeless design rather than bold and brazen patterns or logos. The criss-cross woven leather is created using ‘Intrecciato’  a process invented by Bottega Veneta in the 1960’s that makes the bags stronger and more durable. We have 3 beautiful Bottega bags in store at the moment including the brands iconic hobo shoulder and Parachute bag – which are still available to buy directly from Bottega Veneta.

Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag

Created in 2001 by Nicolas Ghesquiere the Motorcycle inspired bag was originally rejected by Balenciaga bosses who thought the bag wasn’t rigid enough. Luckily the prototype was a hit with supermodels and once seen on the arm of Kate Moss, became an instant It Bag. Its versatile long and short straps, slouchy design and tassel detail make it the perfect edgy every day bag. The silver Balenciaga Motorcycle bag we currently have at G&T is in excellent condition and a fraction of the £1000+ selling price!

Chloe Paddington

At the height of It Bag fever in 2005, Chloe thought of a way to ensure their next release joined the must-have list by creating a bag that was high in price and low in availability. With its slouchy sides and distinctive chunky padlock, the Paddington bag remains a firm favourite amongst collectors of iconic bags. This one in soft blue leather is in excellent condition and can be yours for less than £200!

Hermès Birkin

No list of ‘5 iconic bags everyone should own’ would be complete without a mention of Hermès! The Birkin was originally created for Jane Birkin and takes expert artisans a full two days to make each one. With prices starting at £6000 and ranging to as much as £100,000 – it is thought the waiting list for a Birkin direct from Hermès is now 6 years long. Why wait when you can shop savvy and bag one from G&T? Whilst we don’t keep her in the shop, we currently have a 2001 black Box calf leather Birkin for sale in excellent condition for £7500. If you’re interested give us a call to arrange a viewing (01225 461518) or email us: emma@graceandted.co.uk.




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