Princess Diana’s favourite vanity case has had an update for 2021

Princess Diana was undeniably a fashion icon in her own right; from her evening gowns to what she wore to the gym, the people’s princess has inspired generations of style. And one item Princess Diana is increasingly remembered for sporting is the boxy vanity case, which she was sometimes spotted holding at members clubs like Annabel’s. 

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The case was designed by Tanner Krolle, who has now created an updated version of the bag for modern audiences. The new version came to fruition after new creative director Tabitha Simmons joined the luggage brand. It’s 60s inspired and designed in part with an old Tanner Krolle Aston Martin set in mind. 

‘I reduced the proportions of the vanity case from Tanner Krolle’s archive and modernised it by adding a shoulder strap, so it can be carried as a shoulder bag and a top handle,’ Simmons explained to British Vogue. ‘Also, it’s roomy enough to hold your phone and make-up without compromising on elegance.’

Along with its fresh aesthetic, the reboot of the vanity case worn by Princess Diana also has new features to bring it into the 21st century, such as a little mirror inside. It’s an incredibly chic buy and one that can be used for a bag (it comes with a long strap as well as a handheld one, as Simmons mentions) or as a vanity case. 

The only issue is the price tag; at over £1500, this sure isn’t cheap. 

Tanner Krolle Annabel 18 Leather Box Bag, £1550, Matches Fashion

However luckily, if you’re not willing to make a major investment, there are lots of similar styles on the high street, starting at just £18. Take a look at our favourites here:

Handmade Leather Sugarcube Handbag – Black, £75, Zatchels

ASOS DESIGN Mini Crossbody Box Bag In Black Faux Leather, £18, ASOS

Black RI Monogram Embossed Vanity Case, £35, River Island

Karissa Beauty Case, £55, Samsonite

Joligrace Professional Large Makeup Box, £24.29, Amazon