When you hear designer!name, what iconic product comes to mind?
March 3, 2012 1:17 AM   Subscribe

When you hear designer!name, what iconic product comes to mind?

When I hear Herve Leger, I think of his bandage dress. When I hear Barbour, I think Country Life-esque wax jackets. Uggs -> sheepskin boots. Missoni -> zig-zag pattern scarves. Even for make-up, when I hear Urban Decay, I immediately think of their primer potion. Nail polish -> OPI

But what about DNKY? Armani? Prada? Etc?

Backstory: I've come into money from a doting aunt, on the condition that I spend it on 'fabulous pieces'. I'm not really a clothes horse, but like the idea of investing in one key piece from a spread of designers. I've never owned a dress worth more than $50, but bought my first DVF wrap dress last week and the difference has been amazing.
posted by Chorus to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (23 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Hermes -> scarf
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:27 AM on March 3, 2012 [3 favorites]

Frye -> harness boots that last a lifetime.
posted by Mizu at 1:35 AM on March 3, 2012

Diane von Furstenberg - wrap dress.
posted by gaspode at 1:42 AM on March 3, 2012

Coach = handbag
posted by DarlingBri at 1:46 AM on March 3, 2012

Armani - American Gigolo
posted by dfriedman at 1:48 AM on March 3, 2012 [2 favorites]

Best answer: Christian Louboutin - Pigalle 120 patent-leather pumps

Chanel - 2.55, classic quilted flap bag, so class it's got its own Wikipedia page. For apparel, the tweed or boucle jacket.

Burberry - The Trenchcoat

Chloe - handbags, more currently Marcie, if you want something that really set them off, the Paddington

Alexander McQueen - the skull scarf

Manolo Blahnik - any of his shoes

Cartier - either their classic Tank watch, but my personal favourite is the balon bleu

Hermes - a scarf, but also of course the Birkin

Proenza Schouler - the PS1 bag

Vera Wang - bridalwear

Church's - brogues, they make them for women too.

Converse - sneakers, particularly the canvas high top

Louis Vuitton - luggage

Rick Owens - the leather jacket
posted by like_neon at 2:13 AM on March 3, 2012 [6 favorites]

Oops one more
Mulberry - Bayswater bag or the Alexa
posted by like_neon at 2:15 AM on March 3, 2012

Funny, when I think Chanel I only think of the ubiquitous LBD - Little Black Dress.
posted by k8lin at 4:11 AM on March 3, 2012 [2 favorites]

Philip Starck - and his juicer that fails as a juicer.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:29 AM on March 3, 2012

Armani = suit.
posted by dynamiiiite at 7:31 AM on March 3, 2012

Gloria Vanderbilt - Jeans
posted by Lucinda at 7:50 AM on March 3, 2012

Pucci = awesome paisleys (scarves or dresses)

For vintage, I'm stuck on Vested Gentress lately. Search for them on Google images. Their trademark was amazing whimsical fabrics.

Oh how I envy you. What a fun question!
posted by Brittanie at 9:38 AM on March 3, 2012

Kate Spade - handbags
posted by annsunny at 9:52 AM on March 3, 2012

Also for Burberry: Scarf in iconic trademark check (bag, wallet, galoshes, etc in that print too)

Also for Chanel: Sunglasses with CC pearl inlay logo (I don't like logos, but this looks classy and classic.)

Rayban WayFarers

Also for LV: Louis Vuitton Speedy handbag (can get this in un-logoed versions a well)
posted by NikitaNikita at 9:53 AM on March 3, 2012

Brunello Cucinelli - cashmere sweaters
Sperry - boat shoes
Baracuta - Harrington jackets
Levi's - blue jeans
posted by doomtop at 10:09 AM on March 3, 2012

Since you mentioned makeup, Guerlain Meteorites are pretty iconic and luxurious.
posted by insectosaurus at 10:22 AM on March 3, 2012

Hermes - the Kelly bag
posted by wryly at 10:25 AM on March 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Loro Piana cashmere sweaters are magnificent quality and beautifully tailored.

Something that every ultra-rich New Yorker I have ever met had several pairs of were the custom-lasted Belgian loafers.
posted by Sidhedevil at 10:46 AM on March 3, 2012

Balenciaga: handbags

L.L. Bean: Boat and Tote

Lilly Pulitzer: floral dresses
posted by SisterHavana at 12:38 PM on March 3, 2012

DKNY: tights!
posted by vespabelle at 2:37 PM on March 3, 2012

Dolce and Gabbana - leopard print

Benefit Benetint
posted by imalaowai at 3:51 PM on March 3, 2012

Marimekko: raw cotton fabrics (especially the Unikko pattern) and the Olkalaukku bag.

To the L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, I'd add The Bean Boot, the Hudson Bay Blanket, and pre-redesign Wellies.

Chemex coffeemakers.
posted by bubukaba at 3:59 PM on March 3, 2012

I love this question.

Ditto on the Hermes Kelly, wish I thought of that as I like it more than the Birkin.

Ray-Ban - also the Aviator

La Perla or Agent Provocateur - for decadent lingerie

Marc Jacobs - "mouse" flats

French sole - ballet flats
posted by like_neon at 4:52 AM on March 5, 2012

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