Why These 5 Must-Have Classic Designer Handbags Are Total Value For Money!

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Buying a Chanel or a Dior might seem hefty now but its per value wear will change your mind.

When it comes to investing in luxury handbags, it’s best to place your bets on something that you really, truly love. Equally important is to arm yourself with the knowledge of must have classic designer bags and their value in the market.

After all designer handbags are ‘investment pieces.’ They can last you through years of wardrobe changes and crises. In fact, a well-chosen handbag has the potential of becoming a family heirloom.

That’s why we decided to round up some must have designer bags that should be in every collector’s wardrobe, especially if you are a newbie.

Not just that, we are also breaking down each wear value for you (if you wore it four times per week for two years) to make your choice easier.

5 Must Have Classic Designer Bags    

1. Chanel Classic Flap Bag

Timeless, elegant and classy. If there are any more adjectives to describe Chanel’s classic flap bag, we invite you to add to the list.

The Chanel Classic Flap Bag has stood the test of time and is an iconic piece of fashion history since it was first designed by Coco Chanel in 1929 and then revamped by Karl Lagerfeld.

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Although it has been in vogue for almost 60 years, there is no era in which the classic 2.55 Flap Bag wouldn’t work. Not to forget, it makes a powerful fashion statement without being too in your face and is one fail-proof investment.

Now for its per use value: If you wear this gorgeous piece of beauty four times a week for two years, your per use value comes down to SGD 17.86. Worth the investment, isn’t it?

Priced at: S$7,430

Per use value: S$17.86

2. Gucci Dionysus small GG Blooms bag

For a young modern women, style is not just a trend. It has to be empowering enough for her to be able to make a personal statement. And one such classic bag that allows her that freedom is the structured Gucci GG canvas bag.

Although the Dionysus small GG blooms bag is a relatively new addition to the long list of Gucci classics, it is most certainly one for the modern woman.

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The gorgeous blooms print on the trademark monogram design along with tiger head closure and hand-painted edges is a keeper.

Especially since it takes inspiration from the legend of Greek god Dionysus. So if you are a lover of all things anachronistic, this one’s a must in your wardrobe.

And if you wore this four times per week for two years, its value per year would amount to SGD 7.54. It’s definitely value for money we think.

Priced at: S$3,138.47

Per use value: S$7.54

3. Louis Vuitton Neverfull  

A celebrity favourite and at an entry-level price range, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull is as timeless as it is accessible. Crafted from the monogram canvas it is super spacious and perhaps one of the most durable LVs there are in the market. The luxury company reportedly successfully tests a Neverfull with 3.5 kilo weight and drops them from half a meter!

This is also a great bag to start your own designer bag collection. Even though it is a classic design, Neverfull does have many new variations. For instance, the latest versions come with a removable zipper clutch that make it an even more worthy purchase.

Another advantage of this investment piece is its resale value.

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“The Neverfull holds its value over time and you can recoup around 80 percent of the retail value back at resale,” Resale site Vestiaire Collective’s product director Sophie Hersan told Vogue.

At SGD 1,180 if you do wear this four times a per for two yearswhich honestly you easily can—it comes to about SGD 2.83 per use. If this is not value for money, then what is?

Priced at: S$1,180  

Per use value: S$2.83 SGD 

4. Christian Dior Mini Lady Dior Bag

Only a true collector can tell you just how much history comes with a Lady Dior bag. The iconic Christian Dior handbag first made its international debut in 1994 with the sole purpose  of becoming iconic. And, it succeeded, with a little help from Princess Diana.

Yes, you read that right!

When it first came to the market, it was originally named chouchou, which is French for ‘favourite.’ But Dior changed it and gave it its new name- Lady Dior in 1996.

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It was a tribute to Lady Diana Spencer-as Princess Diana was known before her marriage into the British Royal family- because she fell in love with the bag. She carried it faithfully for many years.   

With iconic Dior Cannage stitching and handy size, the mini Lady Dior is the perfect fit for a modern aspirational woman. It’s not too bold, but still makes quite the statement.

And if you are not a fan of pastels, you can always opt for other colours. At SGD 3,867 your per wear value comes to SGD 9.29. So yes, it is value for money.

Priced at: S$3911.46

Per use value: S$9.29

5. Givenchy Antigona Bag

The classic, minimalistic and modern Antigona bag was introduced by Givenchy in 2010. It is by far the French house’s most popular bag, and rightly so.

Perfect for a modern-day working woman, the Antigona is super spacious with angular lines and is quite the contemporary pick. The rolled up handles and a strap make it even more versatile, transforming it from a work to party bag in no time.

Not to forget, it also has the brand’s signature logo and comes in a variety of sophisticated colours (burgundy is our personal favourite).

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If you wear this four times a week, which you easily can, it will cost you SGD 6.655. Definitely worth the price.    

Priced at: S$2768.71

Per use value: S$6.655

While it’s fun to invest in trendy pieces that may only last you a season, the reliability of an iconic great cannot be overstated. Luxury handbags don’t fade with time. In fact, they only become more valuable as years go by since they are after all an investment.

And while the initial investment may seem colossal now, remember that the resale value of all these luxury arm candies increases each year as they become vintage. So they’re guaranteed to earn you a lot more when you sell them off.

On that note, we hope that you fall in love with one of these pieces just as we have and find it a place in your wardrobe soon enough.  

(Feature & lead images courtesy: Instagram/Gucci)