The Top 14 Luxury Handbag Brands to Invest in Right Now
Buying a luxury designer handbag is an exciting moment in any shopper's life. It's also, undisputedly, a major investment. And with expensive purchases come very important decisions. If you're planning to splurge on a high-end designer purse, first start by choosing a brand you love. While luxury powerhouses like Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès are always a good choice, there are many other labels — new and old — that have introduced iconic everyday bag shapes. Once you've landed on a designer you love, look for a piece that retains its value if you ever want to resell on Depop, Poshmark, or the like.
To curate a list of bags that are bestsellers this season, we sourced data from go-to luxury resale sites Rebag, The RealReal, Fashionphile, What Goes Around Comes Around, and Vestiaire Collective. Vivrelle founder Blake Geffen also reported on the most popular purses currently being borrowed through its members-only program.
According to The RealReal's 2023 Luxury Consignment Report, the resale values of classics from Hermès, Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton are beginning to level out, while affordable, trendier styles from Bottega Veneta, Prada, Miu Miu, Dior, and Valentino are seeing an uptick in demand. But that's not to say the aforementioned brands don't have pull. Rebag's Elizabeth Layne says Hermès, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel are still at high retention value, according to the site's Clair Report. Likewise, Fashionphile's Jessica Henderson points to the site's Resale Report as proof that the Hermès Kelly and Birkin; Louis Vuitton Neverfull, Speedy, and Pochette; and Chanel 2.55 are still particularly relevant.
All experts tell POPSUGAR that neutral colorways are likely to get higher offers at time of resell. But whether you choose to hold onto your prized possession forever or relist it later on, any of the 14 accessories here may be right for you.
Ahead, read up on the best handbags to invest in this year, from the Fendi Baguette to the Saint Laurent Loulou; the Loewe Puzzle to the Telfar Shopper.
The timeless shapes of Hermès bags bring an air of sophistication to any outfit. Most popular in the Kelly (named after Grace Kelly) and Birkin (named after Jane Birkin) styles, you can expect even preowned bags to cost upward of $30,000.
Hermès Kelly Handbag Noir Epsom With Gold Hardware 32
While there's minor creasing on the straps, wear is minor and this structural silhouette is an instant classic for adding to your wardrobe.
Chanel's classic flap bag in quilted leather is a perennial favorite among the stylish set. Consider investing in a neutral colorway, like black or taupe, so the bag can work with any outfit in your wardrobe.
Ambria Mische, SVP of buying and merchandising at What Goes Around Comes Around, explains why the 2.55 silhouette is most coveted. "That signature shape in the form of a very feminine shoulder bag seems to draw women in every time," she tells POPSUGAR.
Chanel Pink Chevron Caviar Classic Double Flap Bag
The "CC" closure is one of the reasons this bag has only grown in popularity since 1955, and the chevron-quilted Caviar leather in pink will make it an eventual heirloom. In excellent condition, there's only light wear reported at the strap edges.
Louis Vuitton's signature brown monogram is instantly recognizable. And the Neverfull, the fashion house's popular oversize tote, is a staple. Mische from What Goes Around Comes Around says it's No. 1 among the resale site's demographic that prefers more common silhouettes that are basic in form, whereas a separate demographic reaches for varied materials, such as prints from designer collaborations.
Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Neverfull
First introduced in 2007, the Neverfull is a classic and one of the LV house's most recognizable silhouettes ever — especially in the signature monogram leather. While there's light scratching at the hardware and moderate scuffing to the leather, this specific resale bag is in great condition.
Thanks to a renewed interest in vintage, Gucci bags like the '70s-style Jackie hobo are enjoying a resurgence. "This bag has been iconic for decades and reimagined through the fashion house's multiple creative directors over the years," says a Vestiaire Collective representative. "It was one of our top-selling bags in 2022, and we have a feeling it will continue to be a must have for seasons to come."
Fendi Vintage Jersey Baguette Shoulder Bag
Fendi Vintage Jersey Baguette Shoulder Bag ($119 to borrow with Classique membership)
The vintage jersey of this purse brings it a '90s look, and the buckle strap and darker hardware provide edge. Wear it with jeans, a crisp tee, and dark sunglasses for easy, on-the-go styling.
A classic nylon Prada shoulder bag is a worthy addition to any collection. But Jessica Henderson, senior curator at Fashionphile, says she's seeing an increase in demand for more structured, boxy silhouettes like the Re-Edition tote.
Prada Brushed Calfskin Mini Re-Edition 1995 Tote
Prada Brushed Calfskin Mini Re-Edition 1995 Tote in Scarlet ($2,075, originally $2,595)
This scarlet tote bag carries a bit more sophistication with it than the nylon shoulder bag, which is also a popular Re-Edition style. The cherry shade will go with everything in your closet, as it's easy to think of red as a neutral.
YSL handbags are a great option for an understated and elegant look. A Vestiaire Collective representative says the Loulou shape (pictured above) was one of its top-selling handbags in 2022, most likely due to its versatility.
Miu Miu bags usually play to certain themes and are highly reflective of the runway they debuted on. In recent years, many have taken a liking to the brand's signature matelassé treatment of leather, since the ruched look pays homage to the early aughts.
In fact, The RealReal's January Luxury Consignment Report stated sales for the leather shoulder bags are up 178 percent, largely thanks to the purchasing patterns of younger consumers.
Telfar Shopping Tote Faux Leather Small
With minimal wear on both the interior and exterior, this Telfar tote is considered an investment piece that will be popular for a long time. On Rebag, you can also shop the purse in several other colorways, including more vibrant options like green, blue, purple, and hot pink.
Bottega Veneta's popularity has grown tremendously within the past several years under the leadership of Daniel Lee and, now, Matthieu Blazy. The signature Intrecciato weave of the Italian fashion house is the most recognizable style to invest in.
Vivrelle's Geffen tells POPSUGAR that Bottega Veneta is picking up steam recently as a preferred bag brand for members to borrow.
Bottega Veneta Chain Cassette
Bottega Veneta Chain Cassette ($219 to borrow with Couture membership)
The "maple" orange shade of this bag makes it particularly alluring, along with the chunky gold chain that feels trendy and stylish in tandem with whatever other jewelry you're wearing.
The mini Lady Dior bag comes with charms and a removable crossbody strap if you prefer to keep it hands free. Vestiaire Collective confirms the shape was the fifth most popular bag in 2022.
Dior Lady Dior Leather Crossbody Bag
Dior Lady Dior Leather Crossbody Bag ($3,998)
Shipping from the US, this black leather purse is described to be in very good condition and is also equipped with the longer strap that allows for a hands-free accessory moment.
Valentino's rockstuds are its signature design element on any accessory, from stilettos to handbags. Since the metal detailing provides plenty of rocker edge, we suggest choosing a Valentino bag in a sleek, neutral-toned leather finish to complement the studs. The RealReal counts Valentino as one of the trendier labels that offer slightly more affordable styles.
Valentino Quilted Rockstud Spike Wallet on Chain
Valentino Quilted Rockstud Spike Wallet on Chain ($580, originally $725)
The deeper red shade of this purse makes it feel a little more luxe, and the turnlock closure and studding would accent any everyday jewelry you decide to wear.
The Loewe puzzle bag is boxy and roomy while also doubling as a work of art. Carry it under your arm like a clutch, or affix the crossbody strap. If you like mini bags, you can also sport the same look in the smaller Nano, which is about half the price. A Vestiaire Collective representative tells POPSUGAR it's considered an everyday investment piece at the company.
Loewe Brown Leather Puzzle Handbag
Loewe Brown Leather Puzzle Handbag ($3,306, originally $3,686)
This chocolate-brown leather handbag has never been worn and comes with tags and its original dust bag. The recognizable shape and emblazoned logo mean that anyone will recognize it when you've got it on your arm, whether you clutch it or swing it by your side, holding the top handle.
The Celine Luggage and Phantom bags are fan favorites for their recognizable yet functional shapes. But WGACA's Mische says the Triomphe bag (pictured above) is becoming a favorite among younger fashionistas and mainstream influencers.
Celine Triomphe East-West Shoulder Bag Smooth Calfskin
This light-pink bag is in great condition, with just small marks on the exterior and flap. Its pastel tone establishes it as a sort of neutral in your wardrobe, too, so you can wear it with far more than just jeans and a T-shirt. Consider it a potential for wedding-guest dressing in warm weather as well.