Why Designer Handbags Are Now Seen as an Investment

Though designer handbags might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering how to diversify your portfolio beyond the traditional options of equities, bonds, real estate, and more, they are definitely something to consider.

They have now become a more lucrative investment than fine art, vintage automobiles, and even rare whiskies, as reported by Art Market Research (AMR). In fact, the average value of handbags from luxury brands like Hermes, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton has increased by 83% over the past decade.

The considered king of fashionable investments, watches, have only climbed in value by 72%, while coins have increased by 21% and first edition books by 42%. More than 3,500 designer handbags fetched a total of £26.4 million ($32.9 million) at auction in 2019, the research states.

The most sought after? Of course, we're talking about the most sought-after bag in the world - the Hermes crocodile skin Himalayan Birkin. A Birkin with white gold and diamond hardware sold for 2.8 million Hong Kong dollars in 2016 (about $372,600 at the time). The top 10 most expensive Hermes bags at auction have all been Birkins made from crocodile leather.

However, the bag's worth has only increased by 93% over the past decade, which is less than the 129% increase shown by the Hermes Kelly (famous for being renamed in honor of Grace Kelly).

In a similar vein, sales of Chanel's iconic flap bags have increased by 132%.

While everyone has their own motivations for putting their money in the stock market, individuals with the cash to spare typically invest in luxury goods like designer handbags. A bag's desirability increases in proportion to the difficulty of acquiring it; this holds true whether the bag is part of a limited run or just more expensive than its trademarked contemporaries.

Collectors are ready to spend two to three times the retail price of a Hermes bag as soon as it enters the resale market because of the brand's extremely low production and lengthy waiting lists (come on, we all remember that Sex and the City episode, right?).

Many women, however, have an intense emotional connection to the handbags they've amassed over the years, and refuse to part with their collections despite their worth.

For the foreseeable future, supply and demand are aligned in favor of those who trade in and out of designer handbags.

Christie's recent sale of designer handbags raised £1.34 million ($1.67 million) despite the fact that the auction house was trading during Covid lockdown. One Birkin made from Himalayan crocodile was featured and fetched nearly double its original price tag when it sold for $156,000 (£125,000).

Maybe it's time to diversify your portfolio!

Article kindly provided by pursefactory.ru

User Anecdotes

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"I have personally experienced the rise in designer handbags as an investment. A few years ago, I decided to treat myself to a high-quality, luxury handbag from a well-known fashion house. At the time, I saw it as a purely indulgent purchase, not realizing that it would also become a valuable asset. Over the years, not only has the quality and craftsmanship of the handbag held up remarkably well, but I have also been pleasantly surprised at the increase in its value. I have had several offers from people wanting to buy it from me, often at a significantly higher price than what I originally paid for it. It's interesting to see how designer handbags have transitioned from merely a fashion statement to a more practical and investment-worthy purchase. This has made me more selective and strategic in my choice of luxury handbags, keeping in mind their potential as investments."<br><b>Sophie M.</b><br><br> "As someone who has a deep appreciation for fashion and design, I have always been drawn to high-quality, designer handbags. Over the years, I have amassed quite a collection, with each bag holding a special meaning and memory for me. I began to notice a trend in the increasing value of my handbags, particularly those from well-established and prestigious fashion houses. This realization was both exciting and intriguing, as I had never considered my passion for designer handbags as anything more than a personal indulgence. However, with the knowledge that these bags could potentially be a valuable investment, I have become more conscientious in my purchasing decisions. I now look for bags that are not only beautiful and well-crafted but also have the potential to increase in value over time."<br><b>Anjali G.</b>"

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