Maison Martin Margiela is the ultimate designers’ designer. Although it’s not clear who is designing for the house at the moment, the design concept is always consistent with the original vision. And what’s the concept? Turning design conventions on its head with clever detailing, always clean and minimalist. Every time I look at a Margiela piece, I immediately exclaim: “I wish I would have thought of that!” For example here, what appears to be the bag’s base flipped sideways is actually a studded zip pocket. Oh how very clever.

The only drawback with Margiela is the price point. However, I do believe that due to absolute genius alone, it is worth every penny.

$1,355 US at Net-a-Porter.