I have to give Dior a round of applause, for the decade, Dior has been working on rebranding their name and appealing to a more modern woman. Move over Chanel and LV, Dior is making big waves. According to the LVMH income statement, Dior delivered unbelievable record-breaking sales in 2021. Needless To Say, Christian Dior is unstoppable. With that being said, today, I wanted to break down the top 5 Dior bags that are worth investing in.
It’s important to note that whenever I make recommendations, I want to make sure the bag has 2 things going for it. The first, that it sells for at least 80% on the preloved market. This way if you should ever have to sell the bag, you have the option to get at least 80% of what you paid (provided you keep it in good condition). The second being that it has been popular for a number of years, even if it goes out of style momentarily it will be back in style one day.
With that being said, I’m very excited to break down the 5 best Dior bags worth investing in! But before we get into the best Dior handbags, let’s first go over a brief history of Dior and cover the Dior Classics.
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 on 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. If you only have the budget to invest in or if this is your first Dior bag, then I highly recommend the Lady Dior bag. The Lady Dior bags use the classic signature Dior stitching called Cannage. For reference, Cannage quilting is made of small even stitching on a thin thread. It's important to note that the tread is the same color as the leather.
Designed by creative director Gianfranco Ferré. In 1994, this iconic bag didn’t have an official name when it was launched, but was nicknamed Chouchou, which is the French Word for Favorite.
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.
Today, the Lady Dior bags come in multiple sizes with the newly launched mini / micro size in 2021. I adore this bag in both lambskin and calfskin leather. Price as of October 2021. UPDATED!! Pricing as of Sept 2022. As you can see the Lady Dior had a big price increase compared to Last year.
|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|
While the original retail price starts at $3,500 for the smallest Micro sized Lady Dior Bag, I found a few Lady Dior handbags on the preloved market starting at $795 for the size mini!! I also found a Small / ABC Lady Dior bag for 2,650!!
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 2021s are starting to resemble the early 2000s when it comes to designer handbags. The Dior Saddle bag was everywhere in the early 2000s. In fact, it was even featured on Sex and the City and can be seen worn by Sarah Jessica Park (Carrie Bradshaw), in addition to many other celebrities.
The Dior Saddle Bag is the ultimate it-girl bag.
Even the vintage Dior Saddle bags are selling for a premium 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.
The Micro Dior Saddle bag is so cute, but it is very tiny and cannot fit a lot inside. It is important to note that the Saddle size is the standard and most common size. Pricing update as of September 2022!!
|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|
Preloved Dior Saddle bags start at $710 price!
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. Not only is the book tote bag the perfect jet setting bag, it 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 booktote bag is definitely here to stay, at a slightly lower price point then the other Dior handbags on the list, the Dior tote bag is definitely a great bag worth investing in! Like the other Dior handbags, the Dior book tote comes in multiple different sizes. Size chart below.
UPDATE!! The new Pricing for The Dior Book Tote Bag as of 2022
|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, with only 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 3 different sizes Preloved Dior Bobby handbags start at $2,600.
UPDATED!! NEW 2022 Dior Bobby Pricing as of Sept 2022. As you can see there hasn't been much change in the pricing.
|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 best Dior bags is also a relatively new bag, but I strongly believe it’s here to stay. If you remember from the Dior history above, Christian Dior launched his first collection on Avenue Montaigne. The Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag is tribute to the launch of the fashion house.
The main reason I adore this bag is the structured look it offers, not to mention the CD hardware that really pops. This bag has adjustable straps and the shoulder strap is interchangeable. I tend to gravitate towards a more structured look that the Dior 30 Montaigne Box bag offers. The harder shaped, structured bottom will prevent the handbag from losing its shape overtime.
There is often a lot of comparison of the Montaigne box bag to the Dior Caro bag. For me, I personally prefer the Montaigne box bag over the Caro bag. I was reading a few reviews of the Caro bag and many people complained about how the Caro bag loses its shape and the bottom of the bag begins to sag.
Needless to say I adore the Dior Montaigne Bag! The Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag comes in variety of sizes and styles which listed below. Once again, the Micro size is very small and cannot fit much inside. Personally, my favorite is the Small size. I found one on the Preloved market priced at $2,000 for the Medium Size Bag! UPDATED 2022 Pricing of the Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag!
|Micro||15 x 11 x 4 cm||$2,550||$2,700|
|Small||17.5 x 11.5 x 5 cm||$3,500||$3,600|
|Medium||24 x 17 x 8 cm||$3,800||$3,900|
Does Dior Increase their price every year?
One of the most common questions I receive when it comes to designer bags or in this case Dior bags, is do designer handbags increase in price every? Sometimes I get asked if I can ever find them discounted. The truth is, you can find Dior bags discounted on the preloved market. My favorite three places to buy Dior handbags second hand is Rebag, The RealReal and SACLÀB.
For retail price Dior bags are similar to many other designer bags. Dior increases their retail price 3-8% every year, so keep that in mind when purchasing a bag. Sometimes, the classic Dior bags increase their price more than once a year. With the holidays right around the corner, the Dior handbag would make a perfect gift.
The answer is simple: Yes, Christian Dior does increase their price every year.
Recap of the 5 Best Christian Dior Bags worth investing in
As I mentioned above, I love Dior handbags! 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.
In short, the best Dior Bags worth investing in are the following: The Lady Dior Bag, Dior Saddle bag, the Dior Addict, the Dior book Tote Bag, Dior 30 Montaigne Box Bag, and finally the Dior Bobby Bag.
What is your favorite Dior Handbag?
Sincerely Petite in Paris,