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The Latest Style The Guide / May 25, 2021 / Mary Zubritsky
How To Start A Designer Handbag Collection

So, you’re thinking of starting a designer handbag collection…we can help! Sweet dreams are made of designer handbags by Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel, and the best part is they can be a smart investment too—if you know which designers and styles provide the biggest ROI.

We've discussed this before and we'll touch on it again...you want to invest in a designer that you can resell in the future and will always be in demand. The fashion industry is all about sustainability and quality matters the most right now.

But before we get started, you need to figure out what type of bag you’re looking for. Is your first designer bag going to be an everyday carryall? A going-out bag? An evening bag? A luxury backpack? A weekend tote? Decisions, decisions.

And secondly, which brands and designs make your heart skip a beat? 

THE EVERYDAY BAG

You need a bag you can take everywhere you go but still make a statement—like a throw-on-and-go show-stopper that can hold all your essentials.

As we mentioned in a previous Chanel post, before you dive into a luxe carryall, you need to think about color combos and if you're a browns or a blacks girl. So, open your closet and look at your shoes, belts, coats and other bags. Do you tend to lean towards the browns and tans, or the blacks and greys? Then, look at hardware and jewelry. Are you a silver or gold girl? And finally, do you get around via the subway, walking, or do you have a car? If you're all about public transportation, you might want a bag that'll hold a pair of flats or heels.

Ok, now let's check out five of our favorite options for you!

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Saint Laurent Lou Lou Leather Maltesse Shoulder Bag
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Balenciaga Graffiti City Bag
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Chanel Urban Spirit Quilted Leather Backpack


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Louis Vuitton Crafty Giant Monogram Speedy Bandouliere
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Fendi Peekaboo Bag



WEEKEND WARRIOR

The Weekend Warrior bag is different from a going out bag in the sense that it can easily transition from the coffee shop to the supermarket, and all-you-can-drink brunch to a dive bar with dart boards. You need something lightweight and practical, yet still has a bit of style. A crossbody, belt bag or bucket bag comes to mind...and here are some of our suggestions. 

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Chloe Drew Leather Shoulder Bag


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Hermès Evelyn Epsom Bag
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Stella McCartney Falabella Foldover Bag


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Gucci Ophidia Floral GG Belt Bag


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Prada Suede Bucket Bag


THE INVESTMENT BAG 


While it's easy to fall in and out of love with certain luxury items, there are some designers and bags that are impossible to shake. Below are five beautiful bags we think deliver timeless style, envious glances, and a serious return on investment. 

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Hermès Etoupe Togo Birkin 35


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Chanel Classic Flap Bag
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Dior Lady Dior Ultra Matte Leather Bag
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Hermès Kelly Verso 32


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Chanel Boy Bag Medium



THE WORK BAG

Whether you're excited to go back to the office, or completely dreading it, you need to show up in style. Since you'll probably head back to a hybrid work environment, you'll need a tote that can hold your laptop, charger, wallet, essentials, phone, and more. And you'll need to play catch-up with your office bestie so make sure your work carryall makes a fashionable impression at happy hour and beyond. 

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Neverfull


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Gucci Marmont Matelasse Tote

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Givenchy Antigona Satchel

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Christian Dior Book Tote


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Prada Saffiano Galleria Bag


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