Does a handbag as an investment make sense?

It can be compared to the ‘mint in box’ principle that a collector pays a lot of money for toys that have never been played with: buy a designer handbag, store it safely and sell it for a profit in a few years. Maybe you have something nice in a box that can boost your purchasing power?

The best investments are Hermès’ Birkin and Kelly, whose value is rising by about 12 percent each year, according to luxury second-hand site The RealReal.

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By way of comparison: with gold, that is an average of 5 to 10 percent per year. The runner-up at Hermès is little Constance, whose resale value is rising remarkably.

The Jackie from Gucci, the Lady Dior (Princess Diana’s favorite) and the Chanel 2.55 are also very stable and valuable bags. A category below that: Mulberry’s Alexa and Bayswater and Stella McCartney’s Falabella, plus Louis Vuitton’s collabs.

Purchasing Tips

  • Very large bags are getting a bit out of fashion, your sales chances are better with smaller models (but also not so small that only a debit card can be used).
  • Bags in eye-catching colors are currently very popular, but in the long run there will be greater demand for neutral colors such as black and cognac.
  • Unused bags yield significantly more than used ones. If you still want to enjoy a bag for yourself – and with such an in-depth investment that is conceivable – be as careful as possible with it.
  • If you think the investment is too big, you can also invest in shares of a bag on Rally Rd from 20 euros. The platform works together with vintage webshop Privé Porter, which auctions handbags. If ‘your’ bag is sold, you share in the profit.

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