Did you know your next handbag could be an investment? At Vestiaire, our mission is to help you start thinking like a Fashion Activist and stop making unsustainable style decisions. Every new handbag that is produced uses up additional natural resources. But when you choose second-hand, you help to prevent the problems that manufacturing causes for the planet.
Dreaming of investing in a Louis Vuitton? Always a great idea. And on Vestiaire Collective, it’s easy and affordable, too. In this guide, we’re thinking beyond LV with five key bags from other iconic fashion houses. These have all been experiencing a month on month growth in 30-day sales through rates (STR), which proves they are excellent resale bag brands and demand for these styles will only continue to grow. These high-performing top designer handbags are exceptional pieces that you’ll never regret having in your collection. Buy yours now on Vestiaire Collective, love it for as long as you want, then re-sell it on the Vestiaire app for an easy and sustainable investment opportunity. Great style, great investment, great for the planet. Doesn’t it feel good to be so smart?
Chloé has many handbags that are considered excellent investment pieces, and several of them are available now on Vestiaire Collective. The Hudson comes out on top though with an impressive +28% month on month 30-day sales through rate on the app. With its bohemian vibe, it is easy to wear this every day for an effortless style. The bag’s artisanal leather stitching and generous front flap tassel gives this style the quintessential laidback Chloé touch. The horseshoe shape is distinctive and striking, giving it a bit of a ‘70s throwback feel. This is a bag that tells a story. The Hudson has a spacious interior, and, thanks to three different compartments, you’ll always stay organised. The outer pocket is perfect for items you need easy access to like a smartphone or keys. And a thin interior pocket keeps important small items like your transport card safe. The main compartment is great for anything else you want to just throw in and carry, and it is roomy enough for it all. This is the handbag you’ll want to reach for on any occasion when you want a relaxed piece that pairs with anything. We know this is a purchase that will retain its value so when you are ready to resell it on Vestiaire, the only challenge will be how to say good-bye.
Nearly as high performing as the Hudson is Acne’s Musubi bag. It’s currently experiencing a +27% month on month 30-day sales through rate, making it one of the top choices for an investment handbag. Acne Studios is a Stockholm-based design studio known for its elegant minimalism. Scandi style — from fashion, to furniture — is enormously popular right now and it’s largely thanks to the creative director of Acne Studios, Jonny Johansson. He calls himself a disciple of “honest fashion”. Like many Scandinavian companies, Acne has been making steps towards a fairer and more sustainable business model. The Musubi handbag, designed in 2017, is part of Acne’s permanent collection. The super soft leather shoulder bag is characterized by two oversized knots that are inspired by the obi sashes on kimonos and other traditional Japanese clothing. The merging of two cultures with strong roots in minimalist design is delectable. The Hudson has a slouchy silhouette that makes this bag a good choice for casual outfits. Thanks to a zippered interior pocket, there are three compartments to keep your life a little more organised and a snap closure at the top keeps your items secure. The shoulder straps are adjustable, and you can wear or carry it in a variety of ways to suit your needs. To top it off, there is a subtle grain to the leather which has a way of covering any scratches that might befall your beauty. Coming in a huge array of sizes, there is surely a Musubi to fit your needs. As the fascination with all things Scandinavian continues to grow, the Musubi will continue to be a highly coveted bag among the Vestiaire community because they love sustainable brands. And they love to shop them in the most sustainable way.
Phoebe Philo designed the Celine Luggage Tote range in 2010 and they quickly made their way into fashionista’s hands worldwide. In light of the mini bag trend, our favourite is the Nano which is the smallest of the four sizes offered. If you’ve already had your eyes on mini bags like the Nano Speedy or Jacquemus Chiquito in the past, this delightful bag might be the next little thing to set your heart aflutter. The Nano Luggage is the only one in the Celine Luggage Tote line with a detachable shoulder strap option. If you prefer to ditch the shoulder strap, you can carry it from its two rounded top handles. Though a small bag, it has a large personality and has even been coined the “robot face” tote by influencers because the zipper placement seems to form a mouth and the handle bases look like eyes. In a saturated handbag market, the Celine Nano Luggage stands out for its uniqueness and charm. Its structured shape with zip closure and roomy interior compartment make it an excellent choice for a carry-all everyday bag. It’s also very lightweight which makes it comfortable to carry with you everywhere you go. Prices on these bags have been rising steadily on Vestiaire and the Nano Luggage is currently experiencing a +25% month on month 30-day sales through rate. Vestiaire Collective members around the world are selling their pre-loved Nano Luggage totes on the app. Find yours and invest in this beautiful staple bag today.
We would be remiss to talk about the top investment handbags without mentioning at least one from the halls of Hermès. And this year, we are craving a little lightness in every possible way, so we want to introduce you — or reintroduce you — to the Kelly Mini. Named after the inimitable Grace Kelly, it’s one of the most coveted and hard-to-find bags there is, and for good reason. Hermès is, of course, the gold standard when it comes to investment bags. And it seems the demand will never end for shoppers seeking this gorgeous handbag. The Kelly Mini is currently enjoying a +17% month on month 30-day sales through rate, so this style is claiming increasingly high prices through resale. If you make one yours, you can be confident that it will pay off in the future — especially if you buy it second-hand on Vestiaire Collective. Normally crafted from either Epsom leather or kidskin, the Kelly Mini has a rigid structure that creates a clean line and will hold up through time. Somewhere between a clutch and a mini bag, it can stand upright on its wide, flat bottom. The trapezoidal shape is immediately recognizable and with a rainbow of colour options to choose from you can find the one that makes your heart sing. Although rare, the Mini Kelly is a favourite among the Vestiaire community, and we have every reason to believe it will stay that way.
The Pochette Knot by Bottega Venetta is the perfect evening clutch for formal wear. And it’s a rare beauty produced in very limited quantities— sometimes as few as twenty-five per collection. This is great news because rare designs have even better resale values! While the rounded box shape remains consistent from season-to-season, the materials can vary wildly from metal, to leather, to gemstones. Every style is as beautiful as the next, but Bottega Venetta’s signature intrecciato leather weave design is probably the most iconic. The signature clasp at the top looks like a knot made out of leather and was placed there by Creative Director Tomas Maier in 2001, making the Pochette Knot what it is today. The pochette fits perfectly into the palm of your hand and the leather only gets softer as you carry it. Kim Kardashian, Kate Bosworth and Rashida Jones are just a few of the celebs spotted carrying this clutch to red carpet events. And it’s easy to see why— this bag is discreet, sophisticated and can be paired subtly or as a statement. Bottega Venetta is known for its extremely high craftsmanship, and every bag they craft is designed to last for many, many years to come. This sustainable approach is what we love about Bottega Venetta and other luxury brands creating the opposite of fast fashion. Currently showing a +17% month on month 30-day sales through rate on the Vestiaire Collective app, the Pochette Knot is a signature Bottega Venetta bag that our community is clearly excited about. Buy your Pochette Knot second-hand on Vestiaire for a sustainable investment that is destined for a successful re-sale.
Sustainable fashion is all about choosing quality over quantity, loving what you have, and giving it a second life when you’re done. Investing in well-made and beautiful luxury handbags is one way Fashion Activists engage in more Earth-friendly shopping. The five bags in this guide have all shown their staying power thanks to a loyal base of devoted followers. Their impeccable designs, longevity and the elite craftsmanship that goes into making them are what keeps our community wanting more.
When you invest in one of these five luxury handbags pre-loved on Vestiaire Collective, you know that what you’re buying is built to last many years, so you won’t need to replace it anytime soon. But even if you do end up wanting to switch things up because your heart has been captured by another bag, that’s absolutely no problem. Every one of these bags has a growing 30-day sales through rate on Vestiaire Collective. Isn’t it reassuring to know that you can always re-sell beloved pieces at a great price? We certainly think so, and the Fashion Activist community does, too. So, what are you waiting for? Invest in that pre-loved handbag you’ve been eyeing, knowing that in addition to your lipstick and phone, it will hold its value until the day you’re ready to re-sell.