Ultimate Bag Guide: Dior Saddle Bag

Everything you need to know about Dior’s Cult Classic Saddle Bag…

Dior’s iconic Saddle Bag debuted on the runway in John Galliano’s Spring/Summer 2000 collection and quite frankly ladies, the rest is history. 

It’s adorned the shoulders of countless celebrities and before the year was out, Dior’s accessories sales had increased more than 60%! 

Whilst the popularity of this kidney-shaped bag did decrease in popularity for a few years, it came back with a vengeance in 2018 when it made its impactful return on the arms of Beyonce, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Bella Hadid. 

The resurgence of the Saddle Bag can be linked back to 2016, when Maria Grazia Chiuri took the creative helm of the House of Dior. She reinvented the aesthetic of the house whilst paying homage to her predecessors. Arguably, no handbag demonstrates this transition more than the Saddle Bag. 

Sizes:

When comparing vintage saddles against new ones, an obvious difference is that the reinvented bags are slightly larger than their predecessors; to accommodate the development of larger phones and vast desires to fit more in.

Dior Saddle Bag Oblique Canvas

Medium:

Width: 25.5cm

Height: 20cm 

Depth: 6.5cm 

Handle Drop: 17cm 

The Dior Saddle range is available in two sizes, the Medium (as listed above) and the mini, a super cute but striking addition to all street-styled wardrobes:

Mini Dior Saddle Bag: Velvet

Mini:

Width: 21cm

Height: 18cm 

Depth: 5cm 

As you can see, there’s a minimal difference in the structure/size of the Saddle range, but the impact is obvious for all fashion-conscious individuals who want to get the perfect fit! 

Straps:

We, as men and women, love to have choices. We strive for individualism in a growing environment of copy-cat culture. 

The vast array of Saddle straps provides optimum individuality whilst the endless colour ways allow you to express your differences. 

Saddle straps are detachable so enable you to switch from shoulder to cross body seamlessly. Whilst they can be perceived as an expensive addition to the Dior Saddle Bag, they ultimately elevate your look as they add a chic twist to the classic design from 1999. 

Price:

Demand for Saddle Bags has skyrocketed in recent years as a result of every IT girl having one on her arm! Thus, the reissuing of the Saddle design in recent years has triggered the resale value to surge 10 times over! 

After their initial launch (and subsequent dip) they could be found on resale markets for under £400, depending on their conditions. This is unheard of now! 

Today’s prices for new Dior Saddle bags range from £1,950 to over £4,000:

Medium:

  • Grey Dior Oblique Embroidery = £2700
  • Black Grained Calfskin = £2450
  • Multicolour Calfskin Dior in Lights Motif with Pearl & Sequin Embroidery = £4100
  • Brown Hand Embossed Calfskin with Overlays = £3900 
  • Camel Coloured Shearling = £3000

Mini:

  • Dior Oblique = £1950.
Dior Mini Saddle Bag
Dior Mini Saddle Bag

Materials & Colours:

The options really are endless! 

Leather, Oblique Canvas, Embroidered Variations, Velvet… your wish really is Dior’s command… 

This strengthens the individuality that Saddle bags provide as they enable you to pick unique designs that you ultimately won’t see on someone else’s shoulder… and they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but no woman really wants to turn up at an event with the same bag, do they?

Choosing a material that represents you demonstrates the Saddle Bag as an emotive object, as it has the power to communicate your personality better than any other accessory! 

Originally, the Oblique Canvas and Calfskin Leather designs led the way for the original Saddle designs, but once they secured their position as a cult classic in 2018, they have expanded into every material possible! 

Hardware:

Traditionally, Dior have centred their Saddle designs around gold hardware. The signature ‘D’ stirrup closure and ‘CD’ strap signatures are iconic parts of the overall handbag that signify the House of Dior beautifully.

In more recent years, the hardware of Saddle designs has expanded to incorporate Black Ultramatte and Crystal Encrusted initials, ideal for the rise in luxe street wear! 

Handbag Clinics Multicolour Tie Dior represents original preferences, endorsing gold hardware throughout the core structure of the bag, but teasing a contemporary style by contrasting the strap with silver hardware.

Vintage Designs:

Typically, when you think of vintage Saddle bags, you picture the classic oblique canvas. However, if you search through the archives of the bold and the beautiful, you’ll find clashing textures adorned with rhinestones or a version that hosts a similar look of the Mean Girls ‘Burn Book’ (as pictured below)! 

If you really dig deep into the archives of the House of Dior, you’ll find models of this iconic kidney shaped bag adorned with the hugely popular ‘Rasta’ print, delicate pink floral designs and even sports jerseys! 

It truly is the IT bag for promoting your individuality!

Please comment at the bottom the most unique version you have or have seen! 

Celebrity Fans:

The list is actually endless when it comes to this Ultimate Bag Guide: Dior Saddle … we’ve already mentioned Beyonce, Rosie Huntington-Whitely & Bella Hadid, but that’s just the start! 

Originally, the bag adorned the arms of 00s socialites such as Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mischa Barton, Jessica Simpson… Whilst more recently, it frequents the wardrobe of most influencers and the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence & Olivia Palermo. 


The resurgence of the Dior Saddle bag proves what a cult classic this little kidney-shaped bag really is! Dig around the back of your wardrobes and see if you can source your vintage one… 

In the meantime, The Handbag Clinic recently received this utterly divine Blue Multicolour Tie & Dior Embroidery Saddle Bag & matching shoulder strap; which we are selling together for more than £1400 less than it’s currently selling as new on the official Dior website! 

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