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The Best Designer Bags to Buy Now and Sell Later

Designer handbags are expensive: This is a fact. And that many shoppers prefer to pay less than the original retail price for them is another. Fortunately, there are a lot of places to do that online.

Resale itself is a billion-dollar industry; the annual revenue is an estimated $17 billion, and the category of handbags is particularly lucrative. High-end consignment sites like The RealReal and Vestaire Collective are owning this space, and making it incredibly simple (and more secure) to shop for pre-owned designer bags online, with the same type of customer service experience you’d find at any other reputable e-commerce site. Secondhand shopping has come a long way in the past few years.

So what’s worth your investment? Here, we asked Graham Wetzbarger, The RealReal’s senior director of authentication, which bags you should consider buying now if you’re looking to resell later.

What are some of the most popular bags on The RealReal right now? What are people going crazy for, or showing an increased interest in?

There are always going to be some staples: the iconic brands that are always in fashion, both on the high end and on the low end. The biggest names are replica handbags. Those always have really high demand; they’re iconic, and because of their very high price point, people really seek them out on the secondary market.

Last year, Mansur Gavriel was huge, but now the bags sit for a few days. They still sell, but the sense of urgency is a little less than what it was. We’ve seen other brands come up and come down. Sometimes it has more to do with the silhouette and brands that cater to that silhouette. We’re seeing a big spike in Kate Spade right now, because they do a lot of really youthful and colorful bags. They also do tons of crossbody, just like Rebecca Minkoff. They’re an accessible price point, and the color palette is suited toward spring and summer. When people want a seasonal bag, they’re not going to go too expensive.

What other shapes are big?

I think Lady bags — with a nice, sophisticated, gorgeous top handle — are back, and have been for a while. You see these from Delvaux, they’re gorgeous; Valextra has many that are stunning. And then the backpack is back, so hard. Everyone from Chanel to Mansur Gavriel and so many brands in between — everyone wants a backpack, and everyone is doing a backpack.

What are some of the best bags to buy now that’ll be worth the investment later on?

You can’t go wrong with louis vuitton replica. Not only is it very durable, but it holds its value, probably 70 percent of what you paid for it. And then when you consider the brand increases prices 10 percent every year, that’s a great ROI.

Something on the more entry-level price point is harder, because they tend to go on sale. Department stores will put things on sale seasonally, so you can get them retail at a lower price point. And there are just so many more of them made, so the secondary market gets a little bit flooded. You’re never going to get a really strong ROI on something like that — it needs to be slightly less approachable and more covetable than a mass brand. Finding those brands that don’t go on sale, have smaller production, and have bags that are very publicized are always going to have staying power.

Also, there are some silhouettes, even in louis vuitton replica, that wax and wane depending on what the house is doing now. These houses and these brands that have lots of history and deep archives are often pulling and resurrecting styles that have been out of production for a while, so that really has an influence and effect on the secondary market and on vintage items that are similar.

The ultimate accessory: when jewellers turn handbag designers

When Cactus de Cartier launched last year, it came as a complete surprise. An entire jewellery collection inspired by the prickly succulent? It was a daring direction for Cartier, but it went down a storm here at the Jewellery Editor and, judging by the second wave of Cactus de Cartier launched this summer, it has been a hit with customers too.

Among the new jewels are affordable rings, pendants and earrings that have been downsized from the originals without losing any of their spiky appeal. But the pieces that most caught my eye are not jewels at all but handbags. Starting at £105,000, they take expensive designer replica handbags to a whole new level, but what fabulous creations they are: part jewel, part bag, wholly desirable.

On the most luxurious of the two designs, the crocodile skin has been covered in a layer of 24-carat gold dust. The clasp, depicting a cactus in full bloom, is crafted from emerald beads and diamonds topped with orange carnelian “flowers”. Even the shoulder chain is made from 18-carat gold.

Before I fell for Cartier’s latest offerings, I had already been planning on writing about a clutch of other bejewelled bags I saw at the Couture Show in Las Vegas. Many of the big jewellery houses already sell louis vuitton replica – Bulgari’s gorgeous Serpenti designs immediately spring to mind – but I’m loving the new trend for independent jewellery designers stamping their style on a completely new type of accessory.

Born in Bombay and based in New York, Coomi Bhasin’s creations range from jewellery to sculptures and are a fascinating mix of the precious and the ancient, the spiritual and the cultural. Among her new launches for spring 2017 were a handful of replica handbags that got lots of attention at the Couture Show.

The bags, which originally launched at Neiman Marcus and Saks as trunk show merchandise, were a tremendous success and will now be carried in Neiman Marcus’ Precious Jewels salons as well as in Saks Fifth Avenue.

On the front of one patent alligator purse, Coomi has placed a half-cuff in 20-carat gold, set with rose-cut diamonds, which you slot your hand through to hold it in place – an important consideration when you are carrying such a jewel of a bag.

“I originally designed textiles in the 70s and early 80s and have always had a passion for working with both fabrics and skins,” says Coomi of her new bags. “I decided to combine that with my passion for jewellery for this special collection.”

Following suit, Brazilian designer Silvia Furmanovich, whose extraordinary wood marquetry jewels were among the most innovative, and beautiful, of 2016, dumbfounded me once again at the Couture Show with an exquisite range of wood marquetry clutch bags.

Continuing her collaboration with a team of craftsmen that she befriended in the Amazon rainforest in the north of Brazil, the one-of-a-kind bags, made from indigenous wood, are designed by Furmanovich and made by the artisans who specialise in this painstaking technique.

The craftsmanship, which involves cutting and piecing together tiny slivers of wood by hand to create a picture or pattern, is mind-blowingly detailed. On one clutch, a parrot with a diamond for an eye perches on a branch, surrounded by leaves displaying every tiny vein. On another, more graphic, design, feathers have been layered to create the lifelike plumage of a tropical bird. The clasp on each bag is set with two faceted blue topaz.

Ending on a fun note, Jane Taylor has just launched a collaborative collection of bags with Paige Gamble, founder of the eponymous luxury leather goods label based in NYC. Among Taylor’s signature pieces are her stacking bangles set with rows of grey pearls, cabochon opals, baguette diamonds, faceted blue topaz… the list goes on and on.

Handmade in the Garment District of New York, the PG x Jane Taylor Jewelry collection includes clutches, totes and bucket bags in luxurious Italian pebbled leather, digitally printed with Taylor’s stacks. It’s gem heaven, but on a louis vuitton replica – what’s not to love?

Summer Totes, Backpacks and Replica Handbags

Looking for a new bag for summer, but aren’t sure where to begin? First decide where you’ll be using it and then concentrate on color, texture, safety features and design. Also, while choosing, bear in mind that you can go with extreme neutrals like luggage colored or even black, especially for travel. Here’s some inspiration:

For some reason I can never find anything in my summer replica handbags, maybe it’s because the majority of them are so huge, or don’t have any pockets.Replica handbags by Kipling has a great silhouette along with a ton of pockets to help organize your day. It’s also made of Kipling’s super light canvas, so you don’t have the added weight or bulk of a larger hobo shape. Just an aside, if you love the brand, but not the signature monkey key chains, feel free to remove them (and share with a young friend!) for a more sophisticated, less easily identifiable look.

If you spend a lot of time at the beach, it makes sense to invest in a really great beach tote. The Stella large tote with a long handle by louis vuitton replica is handmade by artisans in Oaxaca, if you loved those plastic lanyard necklaces as a kid, you’ll relate to the design and look of these. It’s also fairly huge, and has a solid bottom, so you can prop it up near your beach blanket and not worry about everything spilling over and ruining your fun in the sun.

Then again, maybe you like your backpacks even smaller, in that case. There’s a ton of design detail here, from the zippers that don’t get stuck (and meet in the middle, so you’re not always fiddling to find them) to the unique ergonomically designed shape which is like an elongated kidney bean- which keeps weight evenly distributed across your back so your neck and shoulder don’t get sore. It can be worn across your back as a backpack, or as a cross-body or fanny pack. This one is perfect for nights out when you’re traveling since it’s small enough to look chic, and you’ll have all your essentials easily at hand, without weighing yourself down with a larger backpack or travel-y looking bag. Bonus points for the beautiful weathered looking leather which make this a perfect transition bag as well.

It’s sophisticated enough to wear to work, and has a roomy enough interior for both your laptop and day to day essentials. It’s also water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about potential staining from daily use, or louis vuitton replica leaving their mark. It’s also a great size for shopping or schlepping and has enough room to take you from the office to the gym or away for a short weekend. One caveat though, while it features a brilliant magnetic closure, the Vessel tote has no zipper, so it doesn’t close securely and might not be your first choice for a subway commute.