How to Buy an Investment Bag

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I read an article on Portero.com that was worthy of sharing with my readers. The topic is How to Buy an Investment Bag. Here are Portero’s 4 Steps to finding & buying an Investment Bag:

1) Choose from an established design house with known staying power such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel or Hermès. Buying solely for a brand name can seem tacky in some situations, but with handbags, you get what you pay for. These ultimate luxury brands put the most time, care and craftsmanship into their products and it shows. Bags are handmade with the best materials and will last for years to come.

2) Further narrow the field by zeroing in on the brand’s most enduring styles-ones that are sold season after season. If you are more worried about style than resale, go for the classics. These are bags that don’t lose their appeal because they are not based on fads or seasonal trends.

3) Choose a long-lasting material that will not easily rip, fade or damage. Many of the most sought-after bags are made with exotic skins. These skins are often rare and thus more coveted and expensive. If properly taken care of, a bag made of crocodile or alligator in a classic style will remain a status symbol for years. Calfskin is one of the most beautiful and durable leathers and is often used by Hermès. Also, textured/embossed leathers tend to hold up very well, as they have a tendency to be more weather proof than other leathers and do not scratch as easily as a smooth polished leather.

4) Pick a neutral color that will lend itself well to resale or will match with most of your wardrobe. It’s no surprise that black, brown and neutral toned handbags are timeless and do better at resale than brightly colored bags (except for certain limited edition pieces or brands, more on that later). In addition, these neutral colors will work with virtually any outfit and in most seasons, depending on the material you choose.

These are useful tips to consider when purchasing your next handbag. The article goes on to describe Portero’s Ultimate Classic Investment Handbags – Hermes, Chanel, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Judith Lieber to name a few, and why each is considered a true investment.

Comments

  1. Staci,
    This was good information. Thanks!

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