Fashion trends come and go. What was popular yesterday won’t be around tomorrow. Handbags, however, will stand the test of time.

A woman is not measured in how she holds herself, but what she holds herself in. Her handbag is the only accessory that offers functionality as well. Whether a clutch, over the shoulder or short strap, the purse is crucial for a woman’s status and look.

Many designers offer expensive handbags: Coach, Dooney & Bourke and even Gucci offer expensive designer handbags. However, to stand out a woman needs to look for the time-tested, high-end designers that truly never fade.

We have scoured the world to find the top brands that tout the most expensive designer handbags ever made. These brands aren’t just a flash in the pan; they are cultivators or accessories that will stand the test of time, just like their name.

From a $2000 evening clutch to a multi-million-dollar world record holder, our list has it all. If the brand is important (and it should be), this is where you should start.

Here we list the top 5 most expensive handbag brands in the world.

5. Louis Vuitton

It should surprise no one that Louis Vuitton is on the list. They have produced some of the red carpets most luxurious bags ever seen. With a brand value of near 26 billion, it is no wonder the most luxurious of women seek out the brand.

Mainly produced with beautiful Italian and global leather, LV has also used canvas. The attention to detail is unrivaled, and functionality is more than a promise. The call of a Louis Vuitton is in their accents. Adding accessories to an accessory is a cornerstone of the brand.

From their line of clutches like the $2000 Raindrop Besace to the most expensive backpack style New Age Traveler, Louis Vuitton never fails to impress. The New Age Traveler fetches a price tag of over $28,000 making it one of the most expensive handbags in the world.

4. Marc Jacobs

A true story of the student surpassing the master. Marc Jacobs, once under the employee of Louis Vuitton, has struck out on his own and become one of the most successful designers in the world.

His handbags are no exception. The highly sought-after Carolyn Crocodile handbag cost just over $50,000 when released. This hasn’t stopped the high-class masses from seeking it out though. The quilted purple crocodile skin, short strap handbag is one of a few real marks of luxury.

Jacobs doesn’t stop there. With bags in styles and colors to suit any need ever thought of, the price range will cover $2000 to an incredible $80,000. Louis Vuitton must be proud, if not a little jealous.

3. Hermes

Without a doubt, Hermes of Paris is one of the top handbag designers in the world. With the release of the Birkin Bag, they have become a name among names. Selling for well over $300,000 the Birkin bag made by Hermes is the most expensive handbag ever sold.

Browsing the Hermes collection, it is easy to see why. Highest quality standards and attention to the finest detail make Hermes stand out. Producing expensive handbags year round, their collection will range from the $3000 range all the way up to $8000 for everyday bags. You can add a zero or two for custom bags or one of a kind piece, like the Birkin.

The Birkin bag was named after singer and actress Jane Birkin, although it is unclear if the bag was also made for her. What is known, is that it is made of white matte Himalayan crocodile leather, and accentuated with clasps and buckles using 18K white gold and diamonds.

2. Judith Leiber

A list that doesn’t include Judith Leiber just isn’t a list worth having. This European start up has taken the world by storm with her collections. It’s not the price tag that will astound you though; it is the clientele.

It is hard to argue with a designer that commands attention from the top female leaders of the world. Judith Leiber’s expensive designer handbags have been requested and owned from American first lady’s, Princesses and even Queens from around the globe.

One of her most famous bags, The Precious Rose, make style and elegance jealous with its 42 carats of jewels, including diamonds, sapphires, and tourmaline. This handbag will fetch an incredible $90,000. With this little luxury piece, you will feel like a million dollars.

However, if a modern style is more your choice, Judith Leiber has a vast array of spring and fall collections to suit your needs. With prices in the $1000 to $6000 range, you are sure to find what you are looking for.

1. Mouawad

It would be irresponsible to not list the Guinness World Record holder for the most expensive bag. The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse commands a $3.8 million price tag.

It is easy to see why. From the Mouawad website they state: “With a value of US $3.8 million, the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse was named as the most expensive handbag in the world by the Guinness World Records 2011. The heart-shaped purse, handcrafted from 18-karat gold, incorporates 4,517 diamonds (105 yellow, 56 pink, and 4,356 colorless diamonds) with a total weight of 381.92 carat.”

They don’t stop there. Every handbag made is just as detailed (although not quite as pricey), and they are quickly becoming a name among the elite. Your night out accessorized by Mouawad is sure to be the eye-catching, talk of the town.

This top list was made to showcase the most expensive handbag brands in the world. We took the time to ensure that these brands were long term and not just a one-hit wonder. When selecting your designer handbag, you need to know that the brand will be there to stand behind the purchase.

Whatever the situation, no matter the dress or attire required, any of the designers on this list will have something to match your needs, wants and desires.