Handbag Investment. You might think we’re talking about money, but here that’s not the case. When it comes to building a strong foundation for our personal collections, our primary concern as handbag lovers is not which bags will hold their value over time (though the Birkin and Kelly certainly do a good job of that). Instead, we seek and invest in those bags whose appearance will stand the test of time. “Investment bags” should, ideally, last a lifetime without going out of style.
With the fickle nature of styles and trends, it can be difficult to discern exactly which bags possess the ever-desirable quality of timelessness. So after discussing it among ourselves, and with collectors in our community, we at PurseBop have compiled a list of 10 ‘Investment Commandments’ for 2018 (and beyond). Will you end up following them as you continue to build your own collection…?
Chanel Classic Flap
Any list of timeless investment pieces would be incomplete without the Chanel Classic Flap. Since Karl Lagerfeld introduced it in the 80s, the Classic Flap has become iconic. It is, simply put, the symbol of luxury handbags. With perfect quilting, an elegant chain, day-to-night versatility and a small CC logo, this one isn’t going out of style.
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Louis Vuitton Neverfull
Every fashionista needs a tote. Now, name a tote more iconic than the LV Neverfull—you simply can’t. The Neverfull is durable and can be dressed up or down. It’s the perfect bag for when you don’t want to compromise style for comfort. Perhaps most importantly for its “investment” status, the Neverfull is endlessly customizable. It can be subtle or bold in its branding, depending on the pattern you choose, and comes in both canvas and leather.
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The Diorama is modern yet elegant, with strong lines that don’t overpower the design. It’s the perfect alternative to the Chanel Classic Flap, especially when you’re looking for something that’s not as instantly recognizable. Minimalist meets dainty in this shoulder bag, and its juxtaposition of styles—without committing fully to one—lends it serious staying power.
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Goyard Saint Louis
Not sold on the Neverfull? (Or simply looking for an alternative?) Enter the Goyard Saint Louis. Famous for its gemlike array of colors and hand-painted artisan craftsmanship, the Saint Louis has been named, rightfully, the King of Totes. (Its close relative, the Artois, might as well be the Queen.)
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Hermès Birkin 35
The iconic Birkin hardly needs any introduction. Even if mini bags are currently in vogue, the appeal of a bag that fits more is timeless. The B35 is the original Birkin. Indeed, many longtime collectors prioritize this classic size over the 30s and other smaller sizes.
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Hermès Kelly 32
The K32 is the original Hermès Holy Grail Bag. (Remember that the Kelly is, in fact, much older than the Birkin!) Like the B35, the 32 is the classic size of the Kelly: think Grace Kelly covering her baby bump classic. It’s just the right size to carry around your necessities for the day without being unwieldy. And, let’s face it: the B and K are never going to become passé.
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We get it, you may be a bit concerned about this one. The Dionysus is a relatively new bag, released in 2015—how do we know it can stand the test of time? Hear us out. The Dionysus takes the classic Gucci monogram print and dresses it up, ever so slightly, with antique hardware and a tiger head closure that gives it a distinctive air. Overall, it’s versatile, elegant, and available in a wide variety of styles. Our opinion? It’s going to last.
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It’s no secret that PurseBop loves Delvaux. And there’s something special about this Delvaux bag in particular. Perhaps it’s the smooth lines and angular shape, reminiscent of the Kelly. Perhaps it’s the absence of branding. Perhaps the bold hardware? Regardless, the appeal of the Tempête, despite its lack of name recognition, is undeniable. We want this one in our closets for years to come.
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Fendi Kan I
There is something wonderfully weird about the Fendi Kan I. The combination of the blocky hardware, bold chain, and scallops is unexpected, yet also ambitious and rewarding. (Not all Kan Is are scalloped, though—some are quite subdued! Click here to view a non-scalloped version on Net-a-Porter.) Like some of the best investment pieces, the Kan I comes in a vast array of styles. In other words, there’s almost certainly a Kan I out there for you.
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Chanel Wallet on Chain (WOC)
A WOC is undeniably a staple in any fashionista’s closet. Aside from being perfectly convenient for daytime wear, WOCs will forever accompany the shoulders of cocktail dress-donning fashionistas. While we’ve had a number of heated debates over whether Chanel or Saint Laurent crafts the best one, we’re going to let you in on a little secret here: in this WOC war, PurseBop has a soft spot for Chanel.
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Now that you’ve seen them all, we’d love to hear your thoughts. In your opinion, should any other bags be on this list? Do you own any of the bags yourself? Are some of these ‘investments’ for 2018 already on your wishlist? Share about your personal collection below!
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Updated: July 14th, 2018