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We all love collecting gorgeous designer handbags that complement our wardrobe and make our friends jealous of our impeccable fashion sense, but it can be even more meaningful to find a bag that’s also a great investment. As you probably know (especially if you read a previous blog of ours), designer handbags are now more worth investing in than gold. That means it’s more important than ever to do your research when it comes to what designer bags make a good investment. Luckily, there are lots of experts weighing in on exactly what makes a bag a smart investment, and which ones in particular will yield high returns.
What makes a handbag a good investment?
Not only do investment pieces usually last a lifetime due to their high quality construction, but they can be bought and sold time and time again while maintaining their resale value. Investment handbags are usually from well-known fashion houses, like the classic Chanel, the elusive Hermès, or the iconic Louis Vuitton. Handbags from these luxury brands tend to be made of extremely high quality materials, and they’ve rightfully earned their place in the market as the must-have bags of our generation. Because they’re so in demand, they are extremely likely to maintain their value well into the future. (With the proper care, of course.)
Hermès Birkin or Hermès Kelly
In the case of Hermès, exclusivity is what drives up the demand, and subsequently its value. The infamous Hermès Birkin—you know, the arm candy you’ve seen on just about every celebrity—is no exception. The limited inventory of Birkin bags has created a whirlwind of demand for the item, even sparking debate over whether or not an exclusive waitlist exists for obtaining one. If you’re considering investing in an Hermès, keep in mind that the fashion brand has been known to raise the prices of new bags annually, so buying sooner than later will yield a higher return on investment. If the Birkin isn’t quite your style, consider going with the Hermès Kelly, which offers a lesser but still considerable ROI.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull
A longtime pillar in the fashion industry, Louis Vuitton is another top contender when it comes to investment fashion. LV’s most popular bag, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, is more than just a stunning wardrobe staple; it’s also extremely valuable. The bag’s high demand and endless variety of design options make it a must-have tote that has successfully defied any downward trends of tote sales in the industry. According to some experts, the Neverfull has been known to resell for more than 84% of its original value, making it a true investment piece!
Chanel 2.55, Chanel Classic Flap, or Chanel Boy bag
Not surprisingly, Chanel’s 2.55 or its newer, more casual flap bag remain the ultimate investment pieces to date. The classic style and history of the Chanel fashion house make it a highly sought after, widely respected, and much loved fashion name in the industry. The timeless and instantly recognizable look of the Chanel 2.55 is what makes it such a valuable investment piece, both in resale value and in the pay off of dividends. Don’t believe us? Experts say the Chanel 2.55 can be worth up to 64% of its original value, while the classic flap retains a whopping 70%. But most shockingly, the Chanel Boy Bag has been known to retain 90% of its resale value.
Well, there you have it: the best designer handbags worth investing in today. Whether your intention is to simply collect stunning bags that take your wardrobe to the next level, or you wish to make some smart investments and hope to earn back some of what you paid, there are plenty of opportunities when it comes to fashion investment. What’s your favorite investment piece? Let us know in the comments below!