Okay ladies, this one is for you! Besides your phone and maybe your little Chihuahua, your handbag is always at your side giving the world a little glimpse into who you are. Sure, lots of women play it cool like it doesn’t matter, but who wouldn’t want to roll with one of Rannk’s Top 10 Women’s Handbag Brands? We know you have your favorites and it might even have something to do with their shoe collection too; however, the handbag is where it’s at. Why else would ladies buy knockoffs? It’s the brand. It’s the emotion. So, whether you got your bag from the backside of an ’89 Cadillac in an alley or from Rodeo Drive, we know that luxury handbags get you hotter than that gardener from the first season of Desperate Housewives (he’s on Dallas now…uh…someone told me that, I swear), McDreamy and McSteamy, the Twilight dudes, Robert Redford, ER Clooney or Ocean’s Clooney (just trying to cover all generations here). The list has all the usual suspects on it; however, let’s see who you and millions of others made the top brand. We’re not sure when the handbag craze started a la Carrie Bradshaw’s obsession with Manolo Blahniks in Sex in the City, but we do know we love ranking this stuff. Maybe we’ll do shoes next. Open your purse and check the liner, it’s time to see who the real deal is. Enjoy!
Note to the guys – It is okay to read this. Remember, it is research and your significant other would love to have a handbag from our Top 10 List for Valentine’s Day or any day of the week for that matter. Even better, let her pick it out…right ladies!
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10 Vera Bradley
Hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Vera Bradley kicks off the Rannk list with its feminine, whimsical designs that women across the world have embraced. The Vera Bradley story is as comforting as their signature quilted-constructed handbags with two friends embarking their entrepreneurial spirit and starting their own business because they didn’t see enough feminine luggage at the airport one day. Vera Bradley was the name of one of the co-founder’s mothers who happened to be a model handpicked by Elizabeth Arden. What’s more, Vera Bradley gives back nearly $1 million a year to its foundation to support breast cancer research. That alone puts Vera Bradley at the Top of Rannk’s “You Rock” list. Twitter: @verabradley
It all started in 1910, when Gabrielle Chanel opened her first shop at 21 rue Cambon in Paris creating hats that the famous French actresses adored; therefore, marking the beginning of the allure of this iconic brand. Then in 1921, Chanel introduced a fragrance you may have heard of, No. 5, and the rest as they say is history. Something caught Rannk’s eye from www.purseblog.com that we just had to share. The people at Chanel are brilliant…there 2013 pre-fall collections includes the Sporran Flask bag. Twitter: @CHANEL
8 Juicy Couture
Started in 1995 in Los Angeles, Juicy Couture is the epitome of flashing new money. We have Juicy to thank for the velour track suit phenomenon that graced the early 2000s. Madonna, Britney and Paris Hilton all rocked these suits, so you had to have a handbag that was just as vibrant and flashy which Juicy delivered too. We’re sure glad skinny jeans came along. Twitter: @juicycouture
In 1921, Guccio Gucci opened a leather goods company and small luggage store in his native Florence. Although he had some influence from working in London, he wanted the master craftsmanship of local Tuscan artisans from Italy to produce extraordinary luxury goods. Iconic purses like the Jackie O and bamboo handles are just as recognizable as the double G insignia. Celebrities don Gucci bags and attire like they grow on trees because you can spare no expense when image is everything. Gucci knew there was a market for a $10,000 handbag. Look out for the new interlocking G. Twitter: @gucci
6 Marc Jacobs
At #6, we have the tumultuous and highly-awarded Marc Jacobs. With a rich history and a mantel of designer awards, Marc Jacobs leans on the classic cool, not flashy, when it comes to his collections. As Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton and his own label, he pumps out the fashions and we love him for it. His spring 2013 collection takes a unique design spin integrating smaller accessory items such as phone cases and wallets into the exterior of the bag through see through pouches and connections. Tidy up ladies because if the inside is the new outside, oh my…there’s a reason most handbags fully close (there’s not that many thieves out there)! Twitter: @marcjacobs
5 Kate Spade
We’ve reached the top 5 and we ain’t in Kansas no more. Okay, that was just wrong on so many levels, but Kate Spade hails from Kansas. And, yes, there is a connection to David Spade (brother-in law). From a humble beginning of introducing six silhouettes to the global lifestyle brand it is today, Kate Spade is utilitarian glamour. That pragmatic approach to patterns and colors is the essence of the brand delivering the vibrant energy of a Saturday night out combined with the ease of a Sunday afternoon. Kate Spade fits all parts of life and that’s why it’s #5. Looks like little bows are making waves and the retro chic Radio Samira was sporting the Chanel Flask. Twitter: @katespadeny
4 Coach, Inc.
Smaller scale might be the big trend this year in handbags, but there’s nothing small about #4’s brand allure. In 1941, Coach started in a Manhattan loft with six artisan's handcrafting fine leather goods. Today, part of their headquarters includes the original loft. That’s cool! Yeah, Coach’s handbags are awesome and that world renowned Coach “C” delivers a statement of chic class; unfortunately not everyone can behave according to the handbag they carry, I digress…back to Coach and their awesomeness. Saw some perforations in the new arrivals, what do you think? Twitter: @Coach
3 Michael Kors Corporation
Ooh la la, Michael Kors has some studs for this Valentine’s Day. And, also a star-studded following with the likes of Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alicia Keys and the First Lady, Michelle Obama, donning Michael Kors creations. He’s a New Yorker who got his early break from Bergdorf Goodman and never looked back. We saw some perforations in some of the MK new arrivals too. Studs, perforations and snack size satchels seem to be on the move. Twitter: @MichaelKors
2 Rebecca Minkoff
More studs, perforations, edgy hardware and bold hued leathers show the true colors of relatively new kid on the fashion block, but Rebecca Minkoff is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the design sense of that old cliché. Her M.A.B., Morning After Bag, propelled her into the design spotlight where she exploded with the help of her brother pushing the Minkoff brand across social networks. Today, she does it all in the name of fashion, shoes, clothing, accessories, etc. Plus, RM is #2 on the Rannk Top 10; you have impeccable taste! Twitter: @RebeccaMinkoff
1 Louis Vuitton
Drum roll. Louis Vuitton is #1. No surprise here after all he got his start and distinguished client list by being Napoleon III wife’s box-maker and packer. The rest is literally history on this one. The mini-movement with LV calling it mini reinterpretations on Facebook further confirming the trend, “Girls about town, take note: small is the new big.” From 2006–2012, the multi-billion dollar company has been named the world's most valuable luxury brand. There’s not much else to say after a statement like that. Twitter: @LouisVuitton
There you have it, another Rannk Top 10 List created by you and millions of others on the internet. This list is the real deal, no knockoffs here. Are you going to turn in your duffle bag for a new mini? We’d love to know.