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Sophia Loren - Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag


Iconic handbags and the women who inspired them

Take a look at the women who have inspired handbags throughout history.

Grace Kelly - Hermes Kelly bag

Grace Kelly - The Kelly Bag

Starlet Grace Kelly famously used her beloved Hermes bag to shield her pregnancy from paparazzi in 1956. "The photo made it onto magazine covers, and the bag suddenly had a new name," the company told TODAY Style. 

Sophia Loren - Salvatore Ferragamo Sofia Bag

Sophia Loren - The Sofia Bag

Rumor has it that Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo named the Sofia bag after his close friend and valued customer, the actress Sophia Loren. Many versions of the Sofia bag are still in production.  

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Jackie Kennedy - Gucci Jackie bag

Jackie Kennedy - The Jackie Bag

The story goes that Gucci named one of its bags for former first lady Jackie Kennedy after she was spotted using the bag to shield herself from paparazzi. Sure enough, many photos show Kennedy clutching a Gucci purse. And decades later, the Jackie bag, unmistakable for its distinct shape, is still in production.

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Jane Birkin - Hermes Birkin bag

Jane Birkin - The Birkin Bag

The Hermes bag that has spawned so many waitlists has a lovely origin story. On a flight from Paris to London, Jane Birkin's diary fell out of her bag and her papers scattered everywhere, Hermes told TODAY Style. And who helped her pick them up? None other than Hermes chairman Jean-Louis Dumas, who happened to be on the flight. After talking to Birkin, her decided to create her ideal bag. 

Princess Diana in 1995 Opening The National Institute Of Conductive Education At Cannon Hill House, Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham.  The Princess Is Wearing A Black And White Houndstooth Check Suit And She Is Carrying A Christian Dior Black Handbag.

Princess Diana - The Lady Dior Bag

Dior created this handbag in 1994, but gave it the name Lady Dior two years later, as a tribute to Princess Diana. The princess appeared to be a huge fan of the bag, which is still in production today. 

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Jessica Stam - Marc Jacobs Stam bag

Jessica Stam - The Stam Bag

Marc Jacobs named this bag after model Jessica Stam in 2005 and the quilted handbag with a chain accessory quickly became an "it" bag among celebrities and fashion insiders.
Alexa Chung - Mulberry Alexa bag

Alexa Chung - The Alexa Bag

Mulberry is said to have named this satchel for British model Alexa Chung after spotting her with one of the brand's briefcases. The Alexa bag debuted in 2010. 

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Pippa Middleton bag

Pippa Middleton - The Pippa Bag

British handbag company Modalu renamed this bag the Pippa in honor of Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Modalu says the bag is its most popular ever, and it continues to release new shades every season. 

Lana Del Rey - Mulberry Del Ray Satchel

Lana Del Rey - The Del Rey Bag

Mulberry's Del Rey Bag, which came out in 2012, is reportedly a tribute to Lana Del Rey. The songstress was often photographed clutching the smooth leather tote. 

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Amal Clooney - The Amal Bag

Ballin, an Italian shoe and accessories brand, renamed one of its bags after Amal Clooney in 2014, after noticing the bag had become "an essential part of her daily outfits." Sure enough, the human rights lawyer is often seen toting the Amal bag in brown leather.

Diane Kruger - Jason Wu Diane shoulder bag

Diane Kruger - The Diane Bag

Jason Wu was inspired by "perennial muse" Diane Kruger to create the Diane shoulder bags. We're not that surprised: The pals often post selfies and hit the red carpet together (though she's pictured here with ex-boyfriend Joshua Jackson). Kruger is clearly a fan of the designer, frequently photographed sitting front row at his fashion events and sporting the mini version of the Diane bag.

Cara Delevigne - Mulberry Cara Delevingne Bag

Cara Delevingne - The Cara Bag

Top model Cara Delevingne got not only a bag from Mulberry named after her, but an entire collection. She collaborated with the brand on a line of three-in-one styles, which could be carried as a tote, shoulder bag or backpack. 

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