The Designer Handbags You Won't Regret Investing In.

Classic designer handbags and new collections that are worth the hype and the waiting list.


We often talk about 'investment pieces', the things that will supposedly see you through a lifetime of wardrobe crises.

Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to a handbag. A well-chosen designer bag really can last you forever, and even become a valuable heirloom after you're gone (sorry, bit morbid). Conversely, if you're interested in actually making money, as well as spending it, then a well-timed purchase and subsequent sale could help you bring in the big bucks.

Here, we dish the inside info on which classic designer bags and newer hypey items people are searching for, buying, selling second-hand and what is really worth pumping your hard-earned, long-saved money into...

The 2020 Big Hitters

Seen ubiquitously on fashion influencer Instagram accounts and street style shots the world over, the Bottega Veneta pouch was a late 2019 favourite and it looks like it’s not going anywhere in 2020.

Following on from designer Daniel Lee’s multiple Fashion Award wins back in December – including Accessories Designer of the Year - the Bottega Veneta pouch has been searched 240 times a day on shopping platform, Lyst.\

Bag searches including the word 'minimal' have also seen a huge rise on Lyst. Up 118% since December and of the results that have surfaced, bags by Bottega Veneta, Staud and By Far are the most viewed. Looks like the minimal cloud-like pouch is ticking a lot of boxes!

Possibly the most meme-able bag that ever existed (hi Lizzo) and with a huge celebrity fan base (hi Rihanna), the Jacquemus Le Chiquito Mini bag will fit your air pods, bank cards and very little else.

Not only is it popular, it’s reselling for 75% more than its original retail price. The Pochette purchase is a no brainer.

The Style Staples.

Christian Dior's Lady Dior Bag.

The Lady Dior was created in 1994 with the sole purpose of becoming a classic - and it succeeded, helped along by Princess Diana.

Originally named 'chouchou' (French for 'favourite'), it was given its current moniker as a tribute to the princess - who was known as Lady Diana Spencer before her marriage - in 1996 after she fell in love with it. She faithfully carried it for years.

ELLE UK Accessories Editor Molly Haylor thinks the Lady Dior is worth the investment, 'This is a perfect investment piece because, unlike statement bags, this basically never changes. The size, and normally the colour stay the same so it’s extremely symbolic. You'll never have to get the updated version.'

Chanel's 2.55 Bag.
Meet the ultimate investment bag.

The 2.55 is a singular rectangular shape and was created by Gabrielle Chanel in 1955. Not to be confused with the Chanel Classic Flap bag, although the two do share a strong resemblance.

The difference being the 2.55 has a rectangular 'Mademoiselle' clasp and an all metal strap whereas the Classic Flap has the interlocking CCs clasp with a chain strap interwoven with leather.

'No matter what colour or size you can spot the Chanel 2.55 in a crowd,' says Haylor. 'Chanel has created this bag every year so it's iconic structure is worth it's price tag. I also love that unlike a lot of other designer bags it's big enough to carry everything you need.'

Fendi's Baguette Bag.
Often cited as the first It bag, there are few accessories as iconic as the humble Fendi baguette. Known for it's craftsmanship, Fendi is a brand to invest in. It's not going anywhere. The Baguette style was designed in 1997 and remains just as popular 23 years later.

'Famously made cool by Carrie in Sex And The City, the Fendi Baguette has had a real comeback this season thanks to Vesitaire and Restory,' says Haylor. 'In SS19 at Milan fashion week Fendi relaunched the baguette and ever since it's been on the top of my shopping list.'

Hermès' 'Kelly' Bag.
Yes, you may be expecting to see the iconic Hermes Birkin in this list and that would indeed be justified. But we think the French fashion house's Kelly style is in fact the true investment bag.

The Kelly hasn't enjoyed quite the level of overexposure as its label-mate, meaning its altogether more understated look and cleaner lines seems as fresh today as they did in the 1930s, when it was first created.

Known initially as the Sac à dépêches, it was renamed the Kelly in homage to Grace Kelly, a life-long fan of the style who famously used it to shield her first pregnancy from the ever-present paparazzi.

Each bag takes artisans up to 25 hours to make and it's unfortunately as hard to get hold of as a Birkin. Prices start around £7,000, but a Kelly (or Birkin) is a proven investment, it will only increase in value thanks to its exclusivity and rareness.

Prada 'Galleria' Bag

Though officially called the Galleria by Prada, it is better know as the Saffiano Lux bag, after the leather it is made of, which was first created and patented by Mario Prada, founder of the brand and grandfather of its current Creative Director Miuccia Prada.

The heat-treated leather is embossed with a cross-hatch pattern that increases durability, scratch-resistance, and water-resistance.

Loved for its roomy interior and simple, suitable-for-work design, it has become a true classic over the last decade.

Bottega Veneta's Zebra Print Pouch.
In 2019, Bottega Veneta's cloud-like pouch was about simplicity and neutrality. In 2020, it's had a makeover and the zebra print version is set to be a big hit in 2020.

Celenie Seidel, Farfetch's Senior Womenswear Editor, says, 'Zebra print is undeniably having a big moment. To get your fix, look no further than this particularly pleasing, huggable textured clutch from Bottega Veneta.'

Paco Rabanne's Chain Link Bag.
Throughout the 1960s Paco Rabanne used chainmail in place of traditional fabrics and never looked back. The look became instantly recognisable and now offers a vintage and partywear feel combined.

'As something the house has been producing for such a long time, Paco Rabanne’s glomesh and chain link bags are a true classic, and a less obvious ‘timeless’ choice,' says Seidel. 'I love the new iterations of these styles under creative director Julien Dossena.'

Saint Laurent's Uptown Wallet Bag.
Carrying a Saint Laurent bag is like carrying a piece of the brand's history. The bags are named after the designer's favourite places in Paris and iconic muses and the Uptown collection is one of the most recognisable. Featuring the brand's metal logo, the new addition to the collection is destined to be a hit.

'The newest addition of the Uptown family, the wallet on a chain is proving to be one of our best sellers for Spring/Summer, and even comes with its own card holder,' says Selfridges Buying Manager Josie Gardner.

August 14, 2020

The Best Designer Handbags Worth the Investment.


You’ve reached the moment where you want to invest in a designer handbag. Congrats! A well-chosen luxury handbag is truly one of the best investment pieces you can buy. It will see you through a lifetime of wardrobe crises, serve as a trusty travel companion, and even become a valuable heirloom after you’re gone. So where do you start in the bag-buying process, and what kind of bag is really worth the investment? It is, of course, crucial you choose a style you love, but there are several other factors to consider before making the big purchase. For example, will the brand hold its value? What color should you choose? What silhouette will never go out of style?
Investing in what we like to call the holy trinity of luxury handbags—Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès—is a no-brainer when looking at the resale value. The fashion crowd has also put designers like Chloé, Céline, Gucci, and Loewe on the It-bag fashion map with styles that have become classics in their own right.
If you're ready to dip into the world of designer handbags, scroll below to see our curated list of power purses that are timeless, desirable, and make for some incredibly elusive arm candy.

1. Chanel.
A favorite of Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Rita Ora, the Chanel Flap Bag boasts a high resale value, and, let’s be honest, will never go out of style.

2. Louis Vuitton.
Don’t underestimate the power of this classic tote bag. The Neverfull is one of Louis Vuitton's all-time most successful bags and comes in endless material options as well as limited editions and special artist collaborations.

3. Hermès.
Inspired by Grace Kelly, this Hermès bag is a true classic that consistently retains or increases in resale value.

4. Loewe.
Made of 41 different leather pieces, nine textile pieces, and 45 pieces of cloth, along with the addition of metalwares and zips, Loewe's Puzzle bag is a genuine work of art and a style staple among the fashion set.

5. Saint Laurent.
The timeless Sac de Jour comes in a variety of colors, textures, and sizes. An ultra-chic option for the working girl.
Ensure a sophisticated look with Saint Laurent's classic shoulder bag (with removable leather tassel). It's guaranteed to work with every item in your entire wardrobe.

6. Fendi.
Designed by Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi's It bag is known for its easy-to-open pouch and statement lining that peeks through when the clasp is left undone.

7. Chloé.
Since the bracelet bag made its debut on Chloé's spring 2017 runway, it has garnered a cult following ever since.
Versatile, sophisticated, and perfect for day to night, the Chloé shoulder bag remains a power purse among the fashion set.

8. JW Anderson.
Available in an array of colors and five sizes, the now iconic silhouette and gold hardware have rapidly become a must-have on the street style circuit.

9. Christian Dior.
Lady Diana catapulted the intricately detailed Dior Lady Bag to cult status. Follow in the footsteps of royalty and get your arm around the purse that will never go out of style.

10. Prada.
Prada's nylon shoulder bag has had a huge resurgence in popularity since it was released in the early noughties—and it's been spotted in the hands of fashion girls everywhere. The classic silhouette has real sticking power and adds a casual sporty touch to every ensemble.
Loved for its spacious interior and simple, suitable-for-work design, it has become a true classic over the last decade. Plus, have you ever seen the brilliant Olivia Pope without her trusty Prada tote on Scandal? Never.

11. Bottega Veneta.
Loved by celebrities and influencers, the slouchy Bottega Veneta clutch bag is the pinnacle of fashion-girl cool—and has been a hit at every fashion month since it was released. It also comes in a mini size with the stone and tan colors being the most popular.

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August 14, 2020

The 9 Best Designer Bags to Invest In.


Almost every girl dreams of owning a designer bag like her favorite celebs. Designer bags are both luxury items and a functional handbag, and depending on the brand and style, the cost can vary significantly. If you’re thinking about finally making that big splurge, you should put a lot of thought into it. Purchasing an investment-grade quality of material and craftsmanship could end up helping you make money in the end.

When you’re ready to buy a designer bag, you should look at it as an investment in the same way you may one day invest in artwork, mutual funds, and stocks. As long as you fully understand the value of the purse you want, it could end up being one of the best investments you could make. Research is key!

Below are the types of investment-grade purses that could make you both rich and well-balanced in your objet d’ art. These purses are in order of importance and we go over why these brands are so valuable and so worth your money:
The Top Three…

Birkin Bags.
We start our list with the Birkin bags by Hermes. Hermes, a singular fashion company, invests in quality over quantity. It is this precise focus on only producing small amounts of high-quality products that make Hermes and its bags so important to the investment world. Birkin bags retain almost all of their resale value since there are so few of them. Their durability also makes their resale value better because they don’t wear down as fast.
Birkin bags are made out of the fat rectangle shape and have the iconic flap, strap, and bolt closure. These closures are recognized a mile away by the aficionado. While the bags themselves are often tote-size, their handles are small, stable and round, and they can only be worn over the arm. This is a good thing because you will want to show it off in plain view if you have one. Their value sells and resells well over $10,000. Their bulky shape and elegant, feminine details make them a stable bag to own as an investment.

Chanel Purses.
Chanel is, of course, in our top three luxury investment purses to own. Chanel is the epitome of classic, elegant, feminine style. The gold, double-C clasps, the quilted leather, and the leather-and-gold braided handle are all icons of Chanel. Today, every Chanel purse retains its value in the high double digits upon resale. When you want to complement your portfolio of purses, you must have four (or eight) of these bags.
The legendary, classic flap bag from Chanel is still one of the most popular purses in the world. The light, boxy, ergonomic design make it easy to carry, easy to handle, and tough to wear down. Your investments should always include at least one Chanel purse from the classic flap bag line.

Kusama Pumpkin Clutches.
We couldn’t have a top three of investment-grade purses without including the clutch purses from Kusama. The Museum of Modern Art carries Kusama pumpkin clutches in its store for hundreds of dollars. You know you’re a work of art if you’ve been upgraded to museum-quality care.
The gold etching, the apple-shape, and the high-end hardware make these bags some of the most extraordinary and beautiful purses of our day. Their worth can scale up into the hundreds of thousands and their rarity is increasing daily. This rarity is particularly true for the luxury bags with gold detailing and hard metal bodies. These bags are truly one-of-a-kind.

And the Rest.
Celine Crossbody Bags.
The highly functional crossbody bags from Celine are truly marvels of nature. They have wide pockets and boxy, reinforced corners. Their functionality is off the scale. The high-quality leather and swanky, curved, short handles are hallmarks of this brand and this bag. Their usability is for the modern woman on the go who can afford to wear down a classic like this.
The reinforced corners and strong leather components are what make Celine crossbody purses so friendly to the average investor. They wear down very slowly, making their resale value higher than if they had been a weaker version of themselves. If you travel a lot, get a Celine bag.

Classic, Bamboo-Handled Gucci Bags.
Gucci bags are typified by their strong, square shape and their iconic, bamboo handle. All Gucci bags are powerful, investment-grade purses, but the bamboo handle makes your bag that much more important. Luxury versions of this bag come with a special edition Jane Austen novel and the beautiful growling tiger of the Gucci brand. You can also invest in a basic black boxy purse which holds its value for many years after purchase, especially if cared for well and in good condition.

Neverfull by Louis Vuitton.
So many celebrities have been seen with the Neverfull tote bag from Louis Vuitton that it seems as if there will never be another mass-market luxury item like this again. As mass-market as it may seem, the Neverfull bags are so tough and so valuable years after purchase that they retain their value quite well in today’s market.
Louis Vuitton tests their Neverfulls by filling them with heavy weights and dropping them from a great height. This legendary toughness makes the bag that much more popular and better known. Your own Neverfull purse may last through several generations of women before it will need to be replaced. That’s an heirloom worth keeping.

Sac De Jour Nano by YSL.
The Sac De Jour Nano bag is a versatile crossbody purse that comes in a wide variety of colors. Even though it has an understated design, this makes it that much more powerful when you wear it with high-end clothing or on the runway. Both models and celebrities have used this bag in its iconic range of colors and designs to spiff up their wardrobes. Yves Saint Laurent has made a cult classic with this piece. The investment you make in this bag will hold its value in the 70% range. That’s something to consider.

Soufre Epsom Kelly Bag.
Hermes decided to wow the world with another Birkin-style bag with the classic Hermes flap, strap, and lock closure. This purse is truly a handbag, being much smaller than traditional Birkins, and the lime green and lime yellow leather options are fantastic. This bright neon coloring makes the bag really pop. The red leather interior and boxy design make this bag seem like a secret within a secret.
This is one of the newest investment-grade purses on our list and yet it still holds its value very well. We like how fresh and understated it is for a bright pop of color.

Saffiano Lux from Prada.
Our last bag is a Prada bag. In classic Prada style, it carries an old-school Italian look and feel. The metal feet, handy straps, and range of understated French colors make this purse feel as if it came from Paris, instead of Milan. The blending of these two styles give this purse an authentic, international feel.
Saffiano Lux is a luxury option in and of itself, retailing for well over $2,000. You are guaranteed at least 50% of its original value on resale. The clean blues and dark greens make this purse worth spectacular levels of respect. Remember to always treat it with care.

Your investment in a high-quality purse is not just for your financial return if you were to pass it on. It is about your own personal style and whether it speaks to you as a person. Enjoy your shopping and invest well!
What is your dream bag? Let us know in the comments below!

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August 14, 2020

The designer handbags worth the investment.

There’s nothing quite like buying a new handbag. The smell of new leather, the thrill of opening that box and the feeling of wearing it for the first time— nothing really compares. But when deciding on the perfect bag there can be much more to consider than just the basics. For many, a designer bag is a lifelong investment, and looking towards the future resale of the bag is of utmost importance. And like most things in life, not all bags are created equal. We’ve rounded up the bags that stand the test of time, and that are worth investing in if you’re looking for a long term, classic option.

Céline Box Bag.
As one of Céline’s most iconic and timeless styles, the Box Bag remains a firm favourite for re-sale value. Despite an expensive initial purchase (they sell for $5,400 in Australia), they’re hard to come by once used as they tend to sell out immediately. Plus, with Phoebe Philo’s departure from the brand, Philo-era Céline will only become more timeless—and expensive.

Hermés Birkin.
Perhaps the most famous of investment designer bags, the Hermés Birkin is a sure bet for guaranteeing great resale value. Expertly crafted and known for their celebrity owners (hello, Kris Jenner owns a whole cupboard full), the Birkin can fetch anywhere between 80 and 100 per cent of the original value on resale. Plus, owning a Birkin might just be the biggest fashion status symbol, well, ever.

Louis Vuitton Neverfull.
As one of the cheaper entries into the Louis Vuitton stable, the Neverfull manages to sell again and again. Retaining up to 85 per cent of its price once bought, the Neverfull’s logo print material and tote bag style continues to be the perfect combination for travelling or work. A trusty (and handy!) investment. Keep your eye out on eBay, as they can often be spotted hiding there.

Chanel Classic Flap.
With the name classic in the name, you know it’s got to be good. Famous for a reason, Chanel’s tried-and-tested Flap bag is a surefire investment piece. As studies have found, a Chanel bag is a better investment than a house, reselling up to 70 per cent per year—a much better percentage than most other investments.

Chanel 2.55.
With an understated style that only gets better over time, the Chanel 2.55 is an investment piece if we ever saw one. Coming in a range of colourways and fabrics, plus complete with a timeless gold chain, the 2.55 has proven a bestseller since its inception in 1955 (hence, the .55). Reselling at more than 50 per cent of their original value on bags more than a few year’s old, the 2.55 is a surefire investment piece.

Gucci Soho.
Gucci’s reign continues to be supreme, with resale value on Gucci clothes, bags and shoes staying at a steady rate. One of the most popular Gucci items, the humble Soho handbag, is one of the most popular, and can retain up to 80 per cent of its retail value in resale. A firm fan favourite, the Soho is a good buy if you want to resell within a few years—as the style is rather new there’s no firm data on how it will perform in the future, but if Gucci’s reputation is anything to go by, it’s going to be successful.

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August 14, 2020

10 Fashion Mistakes You’re Probably Making.

Hello Everyone.

Even the most fashionable people can commit a fashion faux pas. Sometimes, these fashion mistakes can be so subtle that we don’t even recognize them. Here’s a rundown on top fashion mistakes—see how many you’re making and how to avoid them moving forward.

1. Wearing ill-fitting clothes.
There are two scenarios this could happen: trying the over-size trend or hiding your body. While over-sized clothing is in trend and can be stylish, there are ways to be able to pull this off correctly. If you wear something too oversized, you’ll look sloppy and lose your figure.

Sometimes, we think that we can hide fat and bumps in our bodies by wearing baggy clothes, not realizing that this can actually make us look larger. The best way to look flattering is to get the right size and kinds of clothes according to one’s body shape.

2. Wearing pants or trousers that are not tailored well.
There are various kinds of pants that are in trend, but make sure you’re not looking messy just because they’re comfortable. Don’t wear pants loosely when they are meant to fit snugly. If your trousers are too long and you’re mopping the floor, have them tailored.

3, Under-accessorizing or wearing too much bling.
Accessories can complete an entire outfit. It could be the perfect heels, the right bag or jewelry. Under-accessorizing could leave your well-planned wardrobe less stunning, and wearing too many accessories could lead to your audience cringing. Make sure that you aren’t too sparkly or “too full” with layers of jewelry, neck scarves or headbands. You can have statement jewelry like personalized necklaces that you can don daily without worry.

4. Showing too much skin.
 Even if showing skin is in, too much skin can ruin the elegance you’re going for and turn you to being trashy instead. If you’re showing flesh on the upper part of your body, cover up down below and vice versa. A stylish way to bare skin is to wear midi and slinky dresses instead.

5. Wearing the wrong bra size.
 Wearing a bra a size smaller or bigger will not give you the right lift and support that your bust needs. Many don’t realize that wearing well-fitted bras actually make them look slimmer. If you are full-busted, there arebra hacks available for you too.

6. Wearing stockings or foot socks with sandals and open-toe shoes
 Thanks to more innovation, there are now toeless socks that can be worn with open-toe or peep-toe shoes. There are even open-toe thigh-high stockings available online. This is why it’s absolutely imperative that you don’t wear socks that ruin an otherwise perfect pair of open-toe shoes! This is a fashion faux pas that conjures up the image of your dad wearing white socks with sandals—ew! Applying moisturizer daily will also give your legs a glossy look without the stockings, and make them healthier too.

7. Wearing the wrong underwear.
 You might think that underwear isn’t very important in terms of fashion mistakes because it’s under your clothes anyway. However, wearing the wrong underwear cut for your outfit will make your shape less flattering. Some underwear textures also may not go with your outfit and may show through or have visible lines. It is essential to wear the right underwear size to make sure that you are comfortable. Imagine the discomfort of underwear that sags or that is too tight. If you need another reason to go shopping for new underwear, tight underwear can also cause yeast infections in women and low sperm quality in men.

8. Not dressing for your body type or shape.
While it’s true that you can wear whatever you want, doing so will not always enhance your figure. With the help of visual style guides all over the internet, you will be able to determine your body shape, and the type of cuts or styles will flatter your body. For example, don’t pick clothes that cut on the widest parts of your body.

9. Neglecting the tiny details.
Sometimes we think that something is too small for someone to notice. The fact that you did notice that run in your stockings, coffee stain, or missing button means that others will too. Before you put something on, examine your clothes, and do the same after you’ve put them on, before heading out the door. These tiny details could say a lot about you, especially if you’re heading to work or an important event.

10. Not dressing appropriately according to the occasion
Most events have invitations that specify the dress code. As part of showing your respect to the host, make sure that you adhere to the dress code and get a better idea of the occasion by researching similar events. You don’t want to be under dressed or overdressed—it would be very awkward and uncomfortable for you to sit through the entire thing.

There are many fashion rules, and for sure, there are still other mistakes we might be committing. Nonetheless, make sure you avoid the basic mistakes by taking tips to correct them. Be more aware, but still be yourself!

August 11, 2020