The Best Designer Bags from Top Luxury French Brands For This Spring Season

French designer handbags are known the world over for their exceptional craftsmanship and incredible style. Whether you want to make an investment or a stunning fashion statement, French luxury brands are the way to go. 

While hemlines go up and down and the season’s hottest colors may fade, a fabulous French branded handbag will bring you lasting joy. With that last point in mind, we made our list of the top French designer bags for Spring 2023 that we’re sure you’ll still love come 2032! Are you ready to explore the wonders of Hermès, saddle up with Dior, and push the envelope with Yves Saint Laurent? Grab a flute of champagne, and let’s go.

Top Ultra-Luxury French Handbag Brands

What does it take to qualify as one of the best of French luxury bag brands? Price alone is a poor measure compared to the quality craftsmanship and exceptional materials used to craft the bags. True luxury is based on quality and timeless style. To make our list, each of these handbag design houses has earned its place with decades of dedication to superior fabrication and fashion.

Hermès

The extraordinary craftsmanship of Hermès bags earns this design house the top spot on any list of French designer bags. Of course, a Birkin or a Kelly bag is utterly chic any day of the year, but some styles are perfectly on point for this spring. The charming Mini Picnic Kelly, crafted from Osier wicker and leather, is perfect to carry to a spring luncheon. Birkin lovers will find the same charm in the Picnic Sellier Birkin. The Hermes Kelly Sellier 20 Mauve Pale in Satin Boreal Alligator is the highlight of the 2023 spring season. This season we’re also seeing interesting Special Order bags like the Kelly Sellier 20 Casaque in Sesame and Bleu Indigo and the Kelly Sellier 25 Rose Sakura and Nata. This spring, we’re also seeing smaller bags of particular interest, in rich spring colors like Vert Fizz, Mauve Pale, ChaiCraie and Nata. While small bags attract most of the attention, Hermes devotees are grabbing colorful Birkin 35 bags, which are perfect for work and spring travel. Hermes bags are almost impossible to find at the brand’s boutique, but you can purchase them online from a trusted reseller like Madison Avenue Couture and enjoy this season.

Givenchy

Sold online, direct from the designer, Givenchy bag Creative Director Matthew M. Williams never disappoints. The chic Mini Kenny Top Handle bag combines an elegant crescent shape with the intriguing 4G padlock and monogrammed metal chain strap, perfect for spring evening out, especially in satin with crystals. The new Small 4G Soft bags in denim, canvas or leather are perfect crossbody everyday bags.  If the small is too small, the Medium 4G has the same modern appeal. Of course, the stellar French designer bag Antigona, with its unique intertwining of feminine and masculine aesthetics, is a spectacular choice, particularly in the smaller sizes.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton handbags seamlessly blend old-world craftsmanship, timeless beauty, and a modern sensibility. LV Neverfull is a chic tote of generous proportions. The classic coated canvas emblematic of this French luxury bag brand offers a delicious range of colors and patterns.  This spring, the brand once again collaborated with Yayoi Kusama and created a limited collection of whimsical polka dotted LV bags, including the Neverful. Pieces of this limited series can be found at Madison Avenue Couture.  

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent has turned out exceptional French designer bags with an edgy appeal since its inception. One of the best new YSL bags, is the Icare Maxi Shopping Bag in quilted lambskin. The oversized bag bucks the trend of the mini bag. The Icare has a chain toggle inside that allows it to be worn with the sides open as a tote or with the sides closed so it is a hexagonal shape. It comes with a removable zipper pouch.

Chanel

No discussion of luxury French designer handbags is complete without Chanel. Like Coco Chanel herself, Chanel bags revolutionized and redefined fashion. Among the best investment designer bags, these beauties hold and increase their value well. Today, the classic Flap bag is as relevant as the 2.55 that inspired it. The Mini Classic Bag, including the Mini Classic With Handle are in such great demand, they never make it to the selling floor. The Small and Medium Classic Flap bags in seasonal colors or classic neutrals are perfect for evening cocktails or lunch at a beachside restaurant. The Boy Bag offers a more androgynous style with an edgy appeal. These hard to find bags can be found at Madison Avenue Couture

Chloé

You’ll always stand out from the crowd when you wear your favorite Chloé bagSeveral styles have caught our eye, but the hottest handbag release from this new French luxury brand is undoubtedly the Pilar Mixed Knitted Tote bag. This fun, fashionable tote, straight from the runway, is perfect for the spring and summer. Chloe also introduced new versions of its Woody Tote bag, available in leather and mixed materials. 

Christian Dior

Christian Dior French designer bags have long been must-haves for the fashion elite. We are crushing hard on the Dior Saddle bag 2.0. Available in an array of colors and patterns in jacquard, denim, calfskin, and goatskin. However, the hottest Dior bag of the season is the Book Tote. The classic monogram and black and white houndstooth are back, but check out the decorative toile options in pink, white and grey that are ideal for the spring.

Goyard

The notoriously reclusive Goyard is the oldest leather goods maker still in business. The Goyard St. Louis Tote is the hottest bag of the season, and it checks both the oversized tote trend and the double bag trend. The St. Louis totes come with a matching, removable pouch that dangles on a leather strap, hanging from the handles. Also sought after are the Goyard Anjou Tote, similar to the St. Louis but with a more vertical silhouette. For more special occasions, Goyard lovers turn to the Saigon, a beautifully structured bag modeled on Goyard’s signature trunk-making features. These sought after bags are only sold in 35 Goyard or Goyard licensed outlets in the world. They can also be found at trusted, independent online resellers such as Madison Avenue Couture.

Celine

The Celine 16 shoulder bag blends timeless elegance with a contemporary edge the French luxury brand’s fans crave. The Triomphe, complete with a crossbody strap, is also hugely popular. A classic flap bag that prominently displays the Celine double C logo closure, it is an ideal bag to wear to work or weekend brunch.

Iconic French Designer Bags To Choose for This Spring

Have you spotted the French designer bag to complete your spring season wardrobe? For the most hard-to-find HermèsChanelLouis Vuitton, and Goyard bags, shop Madison Avenue Couture. Each bag has been authenticated and is available for immediate shipment. Whichever bag you choose for the season, have a happy and fashionable season!

Judy Taylor

CEO & Founder of Madison Avenue Couture
Judy Taylor, the CEO and founder of Madison Avenue Couture is one of the most respected authorities on luxury bags and accessories. Her entrepreneurial spirit and unwavering commitment to quality have cemented her as an expert in luxury retail, inspiring fashion enthusiasts worldwide
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