Finding a bag that’s no longer being produced from a designer you love is like striking gold. You get a unique style that isn’t on everybody’s arm, and pay homage to a bygone era, whether it’s the 1960s or 2006. Today, we’re sharing our favorite discontinued bags from iconic designers:
1. The Valentino Rosette Bag
If Valentino is the epitome of femininity and elegance, then this bag is the epitome of Valentino. The gorgeous hand-crafted silk rosettes lay beautifully on this patent leather tote, and were released in a series of ombre hues back in 2007 and 2008. This bag isn’t only a covetable collector’s piece, it’s a work of art. When a Valentino rosette bag pops up on Tradesy, we take a moment of silence here at HQ to honor its beauty!
2. Marc Jacobs Stam BagIf the mid-2000s have become a cloudy memory for you, it’s possible that you see this “it bag” in your dreams. Named after his Marc Jacobs’ muse at the time, supermodel Jessica Stam, this bag was in production from 2003-2014. That’s right — this is the last season you’ll be seeing these puppies on the shelves at Saks. So if you are the proud owner of a Stam, hang on to it, or snag a new one before they’re gone!
3. Dior Gaucho Saddle BagAh, the Dior Saddle bag. If we were to pinpoint John Galliano’s most notable contribution to the accessories division of the couture house in the early 2000s this would be it. This bag evolved from the original Dior Saddle bag (read Carrie Bradshaw in seasons 3, 4, and 5) but dons a rugged, tough, Americana vibe. Even after all this time, it still tickles our fancy.
4. Chanel 2.55 ReissueBy now, the history of the Chanel 2.55 bag is all over the internet (Reader’s digest: in February of 1955, the house of Chanel released the timeless flap bag that is still on shelves today and just as relevant). In 2005, the House reissued this bag, replacing the shoulder chains and front clasp with a more modern and edgy style. This bag was in production for four years thereafter, released in a multitude of colors. We’re partial to the creamy hue above.
5. Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse CollectionNamed creative director of the house of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs was given the chance to take something iconic and revered – and deface it. And he did. And it blew it our minds. Jacobs took the classic Louis Vuitton bag and gave tribute to none other than artist Stephen Sprouse by using his 1987 leopard graffiti images and splashing them all over LV handbags, scarves, and shoes. The collection sold out instantly. Our advice: if you see it for sale, stop whatever you’re doing and ‘add to cart’.
Are there any designer bags no longer in production that you regret not getting?