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Industry + Insights / September 05, 2013 / Katie Flanagan
6 Designer Pieces that are Worth the Investment
When it comes to luxury consignment, finding the best deals means knowing what to look for. With the emergence of more and more contemporary brands, it is easy to get lost in the world of what the latest blogger is posting on Instagram. We love the daily fashion fix and eye candy just as much as the next girl, but there are a few key brands and investment pieces that will always stay classic, iconic and true to its heritage. Studded leather jackets and boyfriend jeans (don't get me wrong, we adore them!) will come and go, but these pieces will be the foundation of your wardrobe for years to come.  

1.) Burberry


Classic Burberry trench to invest in

When a former draper's apprentice opened his own store in 1856, the world was forever changed. Thomas Burberry instilled in us tartan wishes and trench coat dreams. Operating under three brands (Prorsum, London and Brit), the iconic looks of this beloved outerwear magnate offer timeless designs season after season. Where to invest: Take the plunge and snag one of Burberry’s beloved trench coats. The shape has not changed drastically over the years and will be effortlessly cool for decades to come. Get The Look: Burberry White Long Trench $1295.00 (70% off) $388.00  


  Chanel classic quilted flap bag investment piece   Need we say more? Following in the footsteps of Coco Chanel’s gamine designs and lady-like aura, many designers have tried their hand at emulating the know-by-sight brand. That being said, there is nothing quite like the real deal. Where to Invest: While most CHANEL pieces will retain their value forever, the drool-worthy quilted flap handbag in a dark color will have that Parisian Je-ne-sais-quois forever. Get The Look: CHANEL Black Caviar Leather Large Tote  $2975.00 (26% off) $2,200.00  

3.) Hermès

  Hermes Birkin investment piece Just uttering the name will make you stand a little taller. Now throw a Birkin bag on your arm and you’ll be soaring sky-high. The equestrian-rich brand has made a name for many of their items by dubbing them after renowned icons (think Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin). The classic equestrian motif not for you? We recommend you check out the Collier de Chien bracelets or the H bracelets for a sophisticated edge. Where to Invest: No brainer: the Birkin. However if time and budget do not allot for one, the classic H Belt will always be a timeless and functional piece. The scarves are also like wearable works of art and never go out of fashion. Get The Look: Hermès Orange Swift Leather Elan Clutch $4,100.00  

4.) Christian Louboutin

    Christian Louboutin classic black pump investment piece If the covetable “red soles” weren’t enough, Louboutin's groundbreaking designs and the story behind each pair are enough to solidify him as a closet staple. Where to Invest: While Louboutin offers art-worthy stilettos, a classic pair of round or pointed toe pumps are the way to invest. They will be chic for years to come and the contrast of black and red lacquer will always be unforgettable. Look for the Pigalle or Decollete. Get The Look: Christian Louboutin Black Patent Pumps $775.00 (30% off) $545.00  

5.) Cartier

  Cartier Love Bracelet investment piece Known for fabulous baubles and use of only the highest quality materials, Cartier has provided the public with quintessential symbols of status since 1847. While each of their pieces is unique, one comes to mind that will stand the test of time. Where to Invest: The LOVE bracelet is one of the most well known icons not only to Cartier, but also in the world of jewelry in general. While this maybe a trend that ebbs and flows, it always reemerges. Get The Look: Cartier Gold Diamond Love Band Ring $3750.00 (44% off) $2,090.00    

6.) Diane von Furstenberg

  DVF iconic wrap dress investment piece A true case of leaving her fans wanting more. Diane Von Furstenburg got her start in the 1970’s with the iconic wrap dress. The company then took a hiatus after its initial start. Fans of the bold prints and flattering shape were thrilled to see DVF resurface in the late 1990’s with the classic shape in a whole new array of prints. Where to Invest: Wrap yourself up in one of the classics. The notorious wrap dress looks good one everyone and comes in a variety of prints! Get The Look: DVF Print Wrap Dress $199.00 Read older posts >
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