As someone who has many handbags in their closet, I highly recommend investing in high quality handbags with great craftsmanship that retain at least 85% of their value. An investment worthy bag should last a lifetime. The best investment worthy bags include the Hermes Birkin, the Lady Dior, classic Chanel flap bag, Celine luggage bag, and the Louis Vuitton Neverfull.
The first bag on the investment worthy list is the Hermes Birkin Bag. The Hermes Birkin remains one of the best investment handbags of all time. These luxury bags have the highest resale value if you ever decide you want to sell your bag. The timeless tote design is the epitome of quiet luxury and chic.
Each Birkin bag is made by one Hermes artisan and takes 48 hours to create. If your budget allows for it then I highly recommend the Hermes Birkin. I purchased my Birkin 4 years ago in Paris, and it's held up extremely well. If you are looking for a high quality bag, that is timeless, easy to style, and retains its value by 150% then the Hermes Birkin is for you.
Retail Price for Hermes Birkin 30 Togo Leather: $11,600
Price for a Vintage Hermes Birkin 30: $17,000
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The Lady Dior bag first hit the fashion scene in 1995, when it was presented to Princess Diana. The story goes, after she received her first Lady Dior bag, which was called “Chouchou” at the time, she ordered a new one every season. After the passing of Princess Diana, Dior changed the name in order to pay tribute, calling the bag Lady Dior.
Today, the Lady Dior bag is one of the most coveted bags that Dior sells. The lady Dior is extremely versatile, it features 2 top handles and a cross-body strap. This bag is perfect for the daytime or an evening out. The Lady Dior comes in 5 different sizes which allows you to pick which size works best for you.
Price Point for a New Medium Lady Dior : $6,100
Price Point for a Vintage Lady Dior: $3,500
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Classic Chanel Flap Bag
The Classic Chanel Flap bag is an investment worthy bag. This timeless piece remains one of the most iconic bags of all time due to its classic design, rich yellow gold hardware, and interior flap. This is easily one of the most desired and recognizable designer bags. A must for every handbag collection. If you are looking for a timeless, recognizable bag that you can wear daily and going out at night then this bag is for you.
Chanel is notorious for raising their prices and retails for as much as a Hermes Birkin or Kelly bag now. I recommend if you are thinking about purchasing a Chanel bag to purchase one from the vintage market from the pre-2008 circa which is when they stopped using 24k plated gold.
Price Point New Chanel Medium Flap Bag: $8,800
Price Point for Vintage Chanel Flap Bag: $5,800
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Celine Luggage Bag
Another investment worthy bag is the Celine Luggage Bag! Shortly after it's launched this bag was spotted everywhere in street style on celebrities, and even influencers. This is the ultimate Parisian IT bag. If you are looking to create the Parisian look, then the Celine luggage bag is a must. With several Celine luggage bag sizes available, this timeless classic tote bag has ample amount of space inside, is very practical, uses high quality leather and you will wear it for years.
Price Point for a New Micro Celine Luggage: $3,300
Price Point for a Vintage Celine Luggage: $1,600
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Louis Vuitton Neverfull
Louis Vuitton makes several timeless bags, the one I gravitate towards time and time again is the Louis Vuitton Neverfull. This bag is an incredible tote, with high quality straps that can hold up to 200 lbs, is instantly recognizable, and is extremely popular. If you are interested in this bag you better move quickly because rumor has it the LV Neverfull in canvas material is only going to be sold via a waitlist in stores.
I’ve had my Louis Vuitton Neverfull for almost 10 years now and with a little treatment every 6 months it is still in great condition. I highly recommend the Louis Vuitton Neverfull if you are looking for a daytime bag that can carry everything you need and more!
Price Point for a New MM LV Neverfull: $2,030
Price Point for a Vintage LV Neverfull: $1,400
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Recap of top 5 investment worthy bags in 2022
If this is your year to splurge on a handbag then I highly recommend one of the top 5 investment worthy handbags I have listed above. When you invest in a high quality, timeless handbag, you won't be needing (maybe wanting), but definitely not needing a new handbag all the time. I'd love to hear in the comments below, what are your favorite investment worthy bags?
Sincerely Petite in Paris,