I have to give Dior a round of applause, Dior has been working on rebranding their name and appealing to a more modern woman. According to the LVMH income statement, Dior delivered unbelievable record-breaking sales year after year. The 5 best Dior bags worth investing in include the Lady Dior bag, Dior Saddle bag, Dior Book Tote, Dior Bobby Bag, and the Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag.
History of the Christian Dior Paris brand
In 1947, Christian Dior went, what we call today, as viral after he launched his first collection on 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France. (For those of you who haven’t been to Paris or are unaware of Avenue Montaigne, it is one of the most luxurious streets in Paris) Keep in mind in 1947, WWII ended 2 years prior. The world was starved for something new and exciting, and Christian Dior delivered what he called “The New Look.”
The New Look featured a more structured silhouette with a cinched waist and even shorter skirts. Keep in mind that at the time, these designs were revolutionary. After the release of the “New Look” line, stars flocked to get their hands on Christian Dior pieces. Thus putting Christian Dior on the map. 1 year after the epic launch, in 1948 Dior expanded globally and opened its first shop in NYC on Fifth Avenue and 57th street.
Dior has been accredited to reviving Haute Couture fashion in Paris, France after WWII. The truth is, the Dior history is extremely fascinating and long, I only scratched the surface, so if you’d like an entire article dedicated to the Christian Dior history, please let me know and I’d be happy to do so! Let’s jump right into the first bag on the list of the best Dior bags worth investing in.
Lady Dior Bag
Number one on the list should come to no surprise to anyone: The Lady Dior bag. In my opinion, the Lady Dior Bag is the most iconic, recognizable Dior bag. I highly recommend this bag if this is your first bag and you are looking for something timeless and classic. The Lady Dior bag is known for its tote shaped design, top handles, cross-body straps, and signature Dior stitching called Cannage. Today, the Lady Dior bags come in 5 sizes with the newly launched mini / micro size.
Contrary to popular belief the Lady Dior bag wasn’t created for Lady Diana, however she is the one who put it on the map forever. In 1995, Princess Diana was given a classic black Lady Dior bag by the French First Lady to carry for the opening of the Cézanne exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. Little did she know that she would create history that day, putting the Lady Dior bag on the Dior classics list forever.
The original retail price starts at $3,800 for the smallest Micro sized Lady Dior Bag, I found a few discounted Lady Dior handbags size mini on the vintage market starting at $2,500 for the size mini!
|Micro||12 x 10 x 5 cm||$3,500||$3,800|
|Mini||17 x 15 x 7 cm||$4,300||$5,300|
|Small / ABC||20 x 16.5 x 8 cm||$4,700||$5,600|
|Medium||24 x 20 x 11 cm||$5,200||$6,100|
|Large||32 x 25 x 11 cm||$5,600||$6,500|
Dior Saddle Bag
Another deserving Dior bag to make the list of the top 5 Dior bags worth investing in is the Dior Saddle Bag. Designed in 1999, it made its debut on the runway in 2000. It seems to me the 2023s are starting to resemble the early 2000s when it comes to designer handbags. The Dior Saddle bag was everywhere in the early 2000s. It was even featured on Sex and the City and can be seen worn by Sarah Jessica Park (Carrie Bradshaw).
The Dior Saddle Bag is the ultimate it-girl bag. Even the vintage Dior Saddle bags are selling quickly on the preloved market. This is why I’m such a firm believer in investing in timeless pieces, because handbags go in waves. More times than not, if you invest in a timeless piece it will eventually come back into style. The Dior Saddle bag follows this pattern, and because of this I'm a firm believe that the Dior Saddle Bag definitely deserves a spot on the list of top Dior bags worth investing in.
If you are looking for a bag that has been around for years and will continue to be popular, then the Dior Saddle bag is perfect for you. It's important to note that the Micro Dior Saddle bag is so cute, but it is very tiny and cannot fit a lot inside. The Saddle size is the standard and most common size. Shop vintage Dior Saddle bags.
|Micro||12 x 7.5 x 5 cm||$2,500||$2,750|
|Mini||21 x 18 x 5 cm||$3,250||$3,700|
|Saddle||25.5 x 20 x 6.5 cm||$3,950||$4,200|
Dior Book Tote Bags
A relatively new Dior handbag that is worth investing in is the Dior Book tote bag. Launched by Maria Grazia Chiuri in 2018 the Dior book tote bag drew inspiration from a drawing found in the Dior archives by Marc Bohan. The Dior Book Tote is the ultimate tote bag: simple yet chic at the same time. The book tote bag is the perfect jet-setting bag, and is great for both city and beach life. I’ve seen countless people out and about carrying all sizes of the Dior book tote bag. Similar to the LV Neverfull, the Dior Book Tote has endless amounts of space and can carry tons of items at once.
The Dior Book Tote bag is definitely here to stay, at a slightly lower price point than the other Dior handbags on the list, the Dior tote bag is definitely a great bag worth investing in! The Dior book tote comes in multiple different sizes. Shop Vintage Dior Book Tote bags
|Mini||22.5 x 24 x 8 cm||$2,850||$2,550|
|Small||36.5 x 28 x 17.5 cm||$3,100||$3,250|
|Medium||36 x 27.5 x 16.5 cm||$3,250||$3,350|
|Large||42 x 35 x 18.5 cm||$3,500|
Dior Bobby Bag
The Dior Bobby Bag was love at first sight. This half mooned shaped and high quality leather crossbody is everything I love in a crossbody and more! The reason for the high price tag is due to the fact each piece is hand assembled piece by piece, using the highest quality leather used for the base of the bag. Often there is a misconception that Dior handbags are only handcrafted in Paris, where headquarters are located, well this isn’t the case with the Bobby Bag. The Dior Bobby bag is actually crafted in Florence, Italy.
This is one crossbody that will withstand the test of time, and for that reason, I strongly believe the Dior Bobby Bag is worth investing in. A little fun fact about this bag, is it was actually named after Christian Dior’s beloved pup. This isn’t the first time the name Bobby has made an appearance at Dior and it definitely won’t be the last! The Dior Bobby handbag comes in 4 different sizes Preloved Dior Bobby handbags start at $2,600.
|Micro||12.5 x 10 x 4 cm||$2,650|
|Small||18 x 14 x 5 cm||$3,500||$3,500|
|Medium||22 x 17 x 6 cm||$3,800||$3,800|
|Large||27 x 19.5 x 8 cm||$4,300||$4,400|
Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag
The last bag on this list of the best Dior bags is the Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag. The Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag is a tribute to the launch of the fashion house. The main reason I adore this bag is the structured look it offers, the CD hardware that really pops, and the interchangeable adjustable strap. The harder shaped, structured bottom will prevent the Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag from losing its shape overtime.
The Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag comes in a variety of sizes and styles. Once again, the Micro size is very small and cannot fit much inside. Personally, my favorite is the small size. The Dior 30 Montaigne Box bag is priced on the vintage market starting at $2,000!
|Micro||15 x 11 x 4 cm||$2,550||$2,700|
|Small||17.5 x 11.5 x 5 cm||$3,500||$3,300|
|Medium||24 x 17 x 8 cm||$3,800||$3,900|
Does Dior Increase their price every year?
Yes, Dior bags increase their prices on average 3-8% every year. These price increases typically happen in the Spring or the Fall. Sometimes, the classic Dior bags increase their price more than once a year. The good news is you can find several discounted Dior bags by purchasing them on the vintage market. My favorite places to purchase vintage Dior bags include Fashionphile and Rebag.
Recap of the 5 Best Christian Dior Bags worth investing in
I love Dior handbags and have several in my handbag collection! This was a hard list to create because there are so many incredible Dior bags that are worth investing in. Dior's bags are classic, use high quality leather, and withstand the test of time. If you are on the fence about purchasing a Dior bag or figuring out which Dior handbag to purchase, then I hope this article helps provide some insight.
Sincerely Petite in Paris,