Hermés CE, Jean-Louis Dumas, sat next to Jane Birkin on a Paris to London flight in 1981 and the ‘Birkin Bag’ was born. Legend has it the actress/singer, trying to fit her overfilled straw carry-on into the overhead locker – creating the type of cabin chaos we can never get enough of –complained she couldn’t find a leather bag she liked, the rest is history.

Based on an original 1891 Hermés design, the ‘Birkin Bag’ is now a classic. It’s simple with barely any branding and the genes couldn’t be better – Hermés gravity with Birkin glamour. Plus it’s practical and actually holds more than lipstick and a stick of gum (although Jane Birkin said hers was too heavy, some people are never happy).

Does the Saint Laurent Duffle 24 have what it takes to make it to 30 and still have icon status?

Well anything that Hedi Slimane touches turns to must have these days. The Duffle 24 isn’t ostentatious just serious and practical. There’s the cross-generation SL thing http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/on-the-street-anna-dr-milan/. It won’t date and it’s got the clever hand/shoulder mix going so it works summer and carries through to the ‘big clutch’ look for AW 2013. And from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kate Moss everyone’s got one or wanting one or waiting for one.

But is the Saint Laurent Duffle 24 a classic? www.net-a-porter.com

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Images: Yves Saint Laurent. Perricone MD