It happens swiftly and suddenly: a new shape, a specific colourway or some inexplicable attitude happens to capture the zeitgeist and within moments, a star is born. A handbag is one of the most accessible routes for the majority of fashion's audience and while there are a multitude of offerings in every shape and size imaginable, what is most difficult is to create something that not only captures the moment but is also classic enough to stay loved for decades to come.

Chloé's Paddington, Marc Jacobs' Stam and 3.1 Phillip Lim's Pashli have all had their moment in the sun but have lacked the staying power of some of their ilk (Louis Vuitton's Speedy bag was created in 1965 for actress Audrey Hepburn and till today, remains one of the brand's bestsellers). Here are bags that we think are not just on trend but will also keep your children's children happy.

 

The Chanel Gabrielle bag
Inspired by vintage binocular cases, the Gabrielle bag is a little more relaxed when compared to Chanel's classic flap or Boy silhouettes. It was first introduced on the Spring/Summer 2017 runway and is set to be one of the next pillars of the house. The larger sizes make it the perfect travel companion (or the chicest diaper bag).

 

The Gucci Dionysus top handle bag
The Dionysus first appeared in creative director Alessandro Michele's debut collection for Gucci. It's first iterations employed the GG Supreme insignia of the house and had a chain link strap. We love the marriage of old and new in this top handle version—Gucci has used bamboo as bag handles since 1947. If heavily embroidered and embellished isn't quite your style, a simple black leather version is just the thing to add to your collection. 

 

The Loewe Hammock bag
The Hammock bag is one of Jonathan Anderson's most interesting designs for Loewe yet and while it may not be to everyone's taste, it really is an exemplary model of the skill of the maison's artisans. The version shown above is a little tongue-in-cheek but the combination of intricate marquetry and the most sumptuous leather makes it a total win in our books.

 

The Louis Vuitton Petite Malle

In our eyes, the Petite Malle will forever be one of Nicolas Ghesquiere's greatest contributions to Louis Vuitton. Inspired by the house's famed trunks, this delicate version has been setting fire to their runways since AW14 and seasons later remains one of the French house's most covetable bags.

 

The Lady Dior by Christian Dior

The elegant Lady Dior has been a signature of the house since 1994 and its woven cannage pattern and tinkling charms have remained virtually unchanged since its inception. This rendition by Maria Grazia Chiuri—Christian Dior's first ever female creative designer—is a refreshed version of the '90s classic: the cannage has been rendered in studs and its charms in a modern new typeface.

 

The Balenciaga Bazar Shopper

Truth be told, I struggled to stifle my laughter when Demna Gvasalia sent these shopper bags down the runway. Flooded with memories of Chinatown, I never imagined softening to the ridiculousness of these totes (particularly given their prices). But feeling the buttery soft leather (in a smaller size and in a solid colour), I could already imagine this being the perfect day tote in which any amount of stuff could be flung in. And if the sheer number of street style images this bag features in is anything to go by, we are certain that it-bag status has already been attained.