1. Hermes Birkin in Croc Porosus Lisse - $148,000

Named after French singer/songwriter Jane Birkin, this 35 centimeter croc porosus lisse tote boasts 9-carat diamonds with 1.86 carats of diamonds on the lock itself. The same Birkin tote sold at auction in 2005 by Doyle New York. Each is made-to-order.

2. Lana Marks Cleopatra Bag - $100,000

Each year, Marks produces one Cleopatra clutch for retail. This year's limited edition is made of metallic silver alligator skin and a clasp encrusted with 1,500 black and white diamond set in 18-carat white gold.

3. Chanel Croc Biarritz - $43,150

Chanel debuted this black crocodile tote several months ago. Three are available in Chanel boutiques in New York City and two in Los Angeles. External pockets were closed with a discrete double "C" logo zipper. Its interior has dividers for the unorganized.

4. LV Tribute Patchwork Bag - $42,000

Though this tote, made of 15 different Louis Vuitton patterns cut up and reassembled, has gotten mixed media reviews, the four available in U.S. stores have sold out. But 20 are available in Louis Vuitton boutiques throughout Europe and Asia.

5. Gadino Bag by Hilde Palladino - $38,470

Upon first glance, the crocodile Gadino Bag made by Norwegian designer Hilde Palladino doesn't appear to be anything special. But look closely and you’ll see the glint of 39 white diamonds strategically placed in clasps made of white gold. It has the same price tag of an SUV.

6. Marc Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile Handbag - $30,000

Its hefty price tag hasn't swayed Marc Jacobs fans from nabbing this bag; it is one of his most popular accessories. Made of purple crocodile skin, the quilted Carolyn comes with interior pockets and separators.

7. Fendi Selleria Bag - $38,000

A bag like this one can be made to order with sable and chinchilla, two of the world's rarest and most luxurious animal skins. It's far from precious but big enough to accommodate necessities such as a wallet, keys, cellphone and makeup bag.

8. Nancy Gonzalez Porousus Bag - $30,000

Made with a rare, almost uniformly scaled crocodile skin, the Porousus Bag can be customized by color, skin, size and hardware.

9. Devi Kroell Alligator Hobo - $28,990

The softened triangular shaped tote, made of skin with scales of near-uniform size, is large enough to carry even a small laptop. It has internal pockets for added storage.

10. LEIBER Dandelion Suede Gator Handbag - $15,000

With yellow a popular spring color, this alligator LEIBER bag is sure to make a splash this season among the bag-obsessed. It comes with two external pockets and a strap as well as a clasp made of 18-carat gold. Only four have been made of this style and are still available.


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