Vintage To Vogue: The 6 Designer Bags Everyone Is Buying Second-Hand
3 Mar 2023
Interest in Luxury is not limited to new items but also is promoting growth in the resale market for the more desirable (and rare) branded bags.
Whether it’s the Fendi Baguette or the Hermès Kelly, the designer bag hall of fame is lined with icons, some named after the glamorous women who carried them and others instantly recognisable by their silhouette alone.
But, what is notable about the new pieces being added to the line-up is that they are being sourced from the archive – think Prada’s re-issue nylon collection, or Gucci’s Diana bag. And, unsurprisingly, this is driving-up interest in the vintage originals.
“Vestiaire Collective has seen continual growth for classic styles across brands”, the resale site states. “For example, the Fendi Baguette saw a 33 per cent increase in sales over the last year, peaking in March 2022 soon after their autumn/winter 2022 collection showed at Milan Fashion Week.”
With new (and immaculately curated) resale platforms opening every day and designer brands limiting releases of new models, the demand for pre-loved designer bags has never been greater – or more accessible. Sellier Knightsbridge, the number one reseller of Hermès in the UK, has seen bags selling out within days due to the scarcity of new styles. The most expensive ever sold was a diamond Hermes Birkin for £68,000. Evidently, the designer bag resale market is booming at both ends of the spectrum.
So which pre-loved designer bags are people buying right now? We asked around some of the top bag resale sites to find out. Here is this season’s list of the hottest high-end, pre-loved totes.
The Hermès Kelly and Birkin
“This is a piece which has rocketed in popularity this year. First popularised by Grace Kelly, the Hermès Kelly bag appeals to both investors and first time buyers alike. We have seen sales of this model jump by 50 per cent.” – Sellier Knightsbridge.
“Hermes accessories are a real investment and will always stand the test of time. Their limited availability only adds to their desirability and it is always worth hunting for that special piece. The pink pouchette is a playful piece while the black picotin is timeless. The Birkin is always in demand – the very best in craftsmanship, elegant, recognisable and always chic. These are real collectors items.” – Clare Richardson, Founder, Reluxe.
The Fendi baguette
“The Fendi Baguette saw a 33 per cent increase in sales over the last year, peaking in March 2022 soon after their autumn/winter 2022 collection showed at Milan Fashion Week.” – Vestiaire Collective
The Louis Vuitton Murakami print (main image)
“Y2K Fashion remains a firm favourite for vintage lovers. The Louis Vuitton Murakami collaboration defined the era and remains the ultimate collaboration for the house. Amongst the most popular models are the white nano-speedy bags in multi colour print, as seen on Kylie Jenner, and the multi-pochette bag with the cerise (cherry) design. Sales are up 30 per cent.” – Sellier Knightsbridge.
“Typically a Louis Vuitton bag will be bought within two days of it going up online on our website.” – Sign Of The Times.
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Source: Vogue UK