Whether your LV of choice is the classic Speedy, the practical Neverfull, or the daring graffiti-print monogram, no gal’s closet is complete without a Louis Vuitton handbag. No matter which one you choose, all Louis Vuitton bags age beautifully as they darken through their sought-after patina while holding their original shapes and high quality.
Just in time for holiday shopping – for an incredibly small selection of uber-wealthy customers – Louis Vuitton has unveiled its most expensive handbag of the moment: a $55,000 alligator skin purse.
More expensive than a new Mercedes and costlier than a cruise around the world, the City Steamer features genuine alligator skin, cowhide lining, an engraved padlock, a nametag, and a hot-stamped LV Circle.
The nude-colored number can be carried in hand, over the shoulder, or cross-body, and has ‘ample room for papers and files’ – and stacks and stacks of money, naturally.
Of course, the French design house is hardly the only one to offer exclusive accessories inaccessible to the masses – or even most of the upper class, for that matter.
Several other designers are also selling bags that cost five figures this season, though it’s unknown how many of the swanky satchels and totes they actually manage to sell.
Hermes’s Birkin bags have always been pricey, but their alligator and crocodile skin versions can cost upwards of $100,000.
Perhaps inspired by the French brand’s air of exclusivity, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen set jaws dropping in 2011 when they debuted their $39,000 crocodile backpack for The Row, which is still available for purchase.
The Italian-made splurge was the priciest item in an already extravagant line – and the twins managed to attach even heftier price tags after collaborating with artist Damien Hirst a year later.
Hirst decorated a series of 12 one-of-a-kind gator backpacks, adorning them with gold and mutilcolor spots, as well as brightly-hued pills. They went for $55,000 each and are sold out.