But when it comes to buying the right bag, it does pay to think ahead. With so much investment needed, it’s a good idea to consider a bag with good resale value. In other words, if you sell it down the track, will it hold its value? Although it’s hard to predict which bags will always be chic, looking at what’s reselling now can help.
We enlisted the help of Vestiaire Collective, the online boutique dedicated to re-selling luxury goods, to break down the top 10 designer bags that are selling in Australia right now. From Chanel to Hermès, the list reads as a what’s-what of luxury accessories, and can shine a light on what sells well. So when thinking of investing next, we’d suggest going with one of the below, either new or already pre-loved, for a guaranteed win.
Designer bags worth the investment
Hermès Birkin 35
Made for the actress of the same name, Jane Birkin, by French atelier Hermès, the Birkin has become a symbol of total luxury. Carried by every major name celebrity, including Kim Kardashian West, Victoria Beckham and Miranda Kerr, the Birkin has reached cult, one-name status — reserved only for those who can afford it.
The Rockstud range has been a winner for Valentino since it launched, with fans of the brand taking the studded accessories in their stride. With a slew of Rockstud bags on the market, there’s one for every mood!
In a post-Phoebe Philo world, #oldceline is even harder to come by, so it makes sense that the brand’s famed Trapeze bag makes the list. Perfect for an everyday handbag, Céline’s (with the accent, please) version of the carryall is as chic as they come.
Coming in all array of shapes and colours, the Gucci Bamboo bag is one of many faces. From a simple clutch to an oversized tote, the signature of the style is the classic bamboo detailing, often in the form of a handle or a clasp.
Hermès Kelly Clutch
A variation of the Kelly bag, named after Grace Kelly, is the Kelly clutch. With the same understated features and simple gold hardware of the bag, the clutch is a smaller version of the cult favourite.
Stella McCartney Falabella
Stella McCartney has been doing cool girl carryalls for years, and the Falabella is the pinnacle. Featuring plenty of room for your every need, this embellished accessory is ideal for the day-to-day.
Saint Laurent Monogram
Famous for its three-lettered logo, Saint Laurent’s monogram bags are one for the fashion lover. Featuring all sorts of styles, one thing remains the same in a monogram bag: the addition of the YSL logo. Like a monogram, but for Yves.
Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoire bag
There’s something about a tiny bag, and Louis Vuitton’s Pochette Accessoire is one of the originals. Loved by Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, the style has had a serious comeback in recent years, thanks to its ‘90s throwback shape and monogram print.
Chanel Timeless Classic
This single flag bag was designed by Karl Lagerfeld and has held its appeal. Apart from being ultra chic, the bag holds serious resale value, and the traditional style of the bag really does render it timeless.
Louis Vuitton Speedy
The ideal bag for travelling, the classic Louis Vuitton bag comes in an array of sizes. Our favourite is the mini, which can be carried like any other handbag — but also fits nicely under your seat on the plane, too.