This is officially the most popular designer handbag ever

It's a true classic

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It's a true classic

We know all about which designer handbag is the better financial investment (FYI, the Hermes Birkin is worth more than actual gold), but what about the most popular?

It’s difficult to keep track of the It bag of the moment, when so many styles are favoured by celebrities and fashion influencers.

You’ve got your Gucci Dionysus, your Chloe Drew and Dior Mini Lady, and who can spend an hour on Instagram without spotting at least one Louis Vuitton Neverfull?

Well we now have an official answer, and the most popular It bag is perhaps unsurprisingly a true classic.

Vestiaire Collective has released its Global Bag Exchange Index, ranking the top 25 bags sold on their site in the last decade, and taking the top spot is the Chanel Timeless.

With its quilted leather and interlocking Cs, it’s been a firm favourite since being launch by Karl Lagerfeld in the 80s. We love it paired with straight jeans, a white t-shirt and a black blazer for that classic Parisian look.

Taking second place is the Louis Vuitton speedy, and the iconic Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags coming in a solid third and fourth.

Rounding up the top five is Chanel’s other winner, the 2.55 which was recently deemed one of the finest financial investments you can make.

Consider the following list the definitive designer bag collection.

Inspired? Well if you can't quite stomach the thought of paying full price, make sure you take a look at our Black Friday designer deals page for some big savings.

Forget the stock market, we're stocking up on these babies.

So, how many of these do you own?

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.