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The Latest Style / June 26, 2017 / Morgan Mercer
The Icon Series: 10 Accessories Worth Investing In
Before dropping big money on a designer piece, it's perfectly reasonable that one of the questions you would ask yourself is 'Will I still be wearing this in a few years?' Truth is, fashion is fickle and unpredictable so there's no way we'd ever really know. That said, there are accessories that have stood the test of time. These are the ten accessories I would bet my money on, judging by their resale value and how they've remained best sellers fairly consistently since their release.Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.20.51 PMShop the Hermes Birkin: "The most sought-after handbag of all", Snobswap co-founder, Emily Dang tells WhoWhatWear "Most Birkins retain or increase in value, again depending on leather, hardware, and demand. If you happen to score the exclusive, highly sought-after black Birkin with gold hardware or otherwise known amongst the fashion tribe as 'The Holy Grail,' this bag will pay you back in spades." Average Resale Value: 1.2x Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.18.40 PMShop the Chanel Classic Flap Bag: We all know Chanel is magic but their Classics also make great investments. "Ten years ago, I purchased my first Chanel medium flap in caviar leather for $1600. This same exact bag now retails for $4900. That is a 206% return (not adjusted for inflation). Whereas, in the last decade, the S&P total nominal return was 49% (not adjusted for inflation?)." C- Emily Dang Average Resale Value: 1.2 x Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 6.01.06 PMShop the Christian Louboutin So Kate: Dubbed the world's sexiest shoe, the perfect arch, glossy finish and red soles has amassed almost a cult following. Average Resale Value: .8 xScreen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.29.30 PMShop the Cartier Love Bracelet: Probably the most well-known jewelry piece of all time, the bracelet's most unique feature lies in its locking mechanism. It can only be unlocked by a miniature screwdriver included with the bracelet. According to folklore, the first few Cartier bracelets were purchased by couples who had to surrender the screwdriver to one other, thus reinforcing the idea of everlasting love. Average Resale Value: .95 x Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.23.31 PMShop the David Yurman Cable Bracelet: Slightly more discrete than the Cartier Love Bracelet but easily as recognizable, the twisted cuff topped with gemstones and metal has inspired countless #armparties. Average Resale Value: 0.6 x Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.23.45 PMShop the Louis Vuitton Neverfull: Only introduced in 2007, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull has become one of the brand's most successful handbags and it's not hard to see why. It's adaptable, hardy and truly "never full". "The Neverfull continues to be one of our fastest-selling handbags on SnobSwap and there is a reason why. While certain fashion industry reports dictate there is a decline in the category of tote handbags for other brands, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull remains popular due to periodic price increases and high demand" - Emily Dang Average Resale Value: .97 xScreen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.23.59 PMShop the Rolex Watch: There's no other brand more synonymous with luxury watches than Rolex and you just can't go wrong with a classic timepiece. Average Resale Value: .97 xScreen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.24.57 PM Shop the Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps: "Please sir, you can take my Fendi baguette, you can take my ring and watch but you can't take my Manolo Blahniks," Carrie Bradshaw once famously uttered to a robber. Named after French actress Brigitte Bardot, this sophisticated shoe has remained a best-seller since its launch and has been re-issued in an array of colors. Average Resale Value: .7 x Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.29.43 PM Shop the Louis Vuitton Speedy: It's been almost 90 years since the launch of the Speedy and it's still as popular now as it was back then. The power of the bag lies in its versatility. There are virtually dozens of materials and prints and is part of the Mon Monogram program, where you can personalize it any which way you like. Average Resale Value: .75 x Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 2.29.54 PMShop the Chanel Costume Jewelry: The only costume jewelry on my list but like I said, there's something magical about everything emblazoned with the 'CC' logo. Average Resale Value: 1.05 x
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