5 Items That Went From One-Off Designs to Modern Classics

Not so long ago, the fashion industry was almost split between brands who created the same trusted classics season upon season and those who specialised in switching up the look with a visual 180 every six months. Perhaps owed to the recession, a few years back the merging of these two strategies started to spread across the design spectrum as a normal practice.

There have, of course, been many other developments—like the introduction of these in-between drops called pre-fall and resort, or the fact that designers are looking to become entirely trans-seasonal—but from high-street stalwarts to high-fashion whizz kids, it became okay to not bring out a radically new handbag once summer segued into autumn. That doesn't mean there isn't still constant newness on offer—the world would surely stop turning—but it does mean that if you still like something you bought a year or five ago, it's refreshingly okay to keep wearing it. You won't look dated, brows won't furrow on the FROW and hurrah, your wallet may reward you with permission to make another wise investment elsewhere.

So once upon a time the below five items—that you will most likely covet—were but a mere twinkle in a designer's eye. Little did their createurs realise just what kind of retail smash-hits they were starting, but fortunately, the big cheeses were savvy enough to notice that one round wasn't enough to sate their stylish audiences. And if something ain't broke, as they say, don't fix it... just tweak it slightly in different colourways and make it reflect the season's trends without veering away from the elements that give it longevity.

These items are not obvious or boring or classic in the most classical sense, but they do stand the test of time and keep us coming back for more. Scroll down for the one-off designs that impressively became continued must-haves…

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