Which Luxury Handbags Hold Their Value Best?

If you’re a fan of luxury handbags, you may know that some handbag styles hold their value well enough to be called “investment bags”. While handbags are not truly a reliable investment in the same way that stocks or property are, there are several luxury handbags that consistently hold their value or increase in value over the years. If you’re a Tustin resident looking to purchase or sell a luxury handbag and want to make the wisest financial decision, follow this guide on which designer handbag brands hold their value best.


Chanel is arguably the single most famous and most beloved designer handbag brand in the world. Founded in 1909 as House of Chanel, the brand has always maintained its reputation as the pinnacle of fashion and an icon of luxury. Chanel is infamous for its ever-increasing prices, which harms retail consumers but benefits those who want to sell their Chanel bags or are willing to invest in one long-term. Chanel has several styles that are considered classic and which hold their value over time, but none are more famous than the Chanel 2.55, also known as the Chanel Classic Flap. Since the Chanel 2.55 was first introduced in February 1955, its price increase has far outpaced inflation. From 1990 to present day, the pricing has increased exponentially, doubling in retail value between 2010 and 2019. If you’re looking for a timeless style with a guaranteed long-term increase in resale value, there is no safer or more stylish choice than the Chanel Classic Flap.


If budget is of no concern to you, then investing in an Hermès bag will virtually guarantee a good return on investment when it comes time to sell. Hermès, a luxury goods manufacturer founded in 1837, is one of the world’s most valuable brands according to Forbes, and their bags are some of the most sought-after items on the luxury market. Their Birkin and Kelly styles are by far their most famous and will guarantee you the best resale value. The Hermès Birkin bag has become a symbol of wealth in the fashion world due to its exclusivity and exorbitant price. It often has long waiting lists and is often considered the rarest handbag in the world. Its prices range from $10,000 to as much as $300,000 retail, and these prices can increase even more at auction for especially rare items. With the Birkin being such a coveted and iconic bag, it can almost always be sold for more than its retail value. Therefore, investing in a Birkin can be a wise financial decision if you have the money to spare.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is a much more accessible brand to consumers, both through quantity and price. However, it still manages to retain most of its value on the secondhand market. Louis Vuitton is a French fashion house founded in 1854. Its LV monogram has become famous across the globe, and Louis Vuitton is one of the most in-demand designer brands on the market, especially for handbags. Louis Vuitton bags do not have the same exclusivity as Hermes nor the same potential for price increases as Chanel, but Louis Vuitton bags still manage to retain 70% of their retail value on average, making them one of the best brands to invest in. The Louis Vuitton Neverfull is the style that best holds its retail value, available in both the Damier and Monogram Canvas materials first introduced in the late 19th century. This classic appearance that has stayed consistent over the past century and a half is what has made Louis Vuitton such a beloved brand with substantial retail value. 

If you’re a Tustin resident seeking to sell or loan your luxury handbag, come visit us at Watch & Wares. We specialize in designer handbag sales and can offer some of the most competitive prices in the area. To schedule an appraisal or find out more about the designer brands that we accept, call Watch & Wares Handbags & Couture at (714) 633-2030 today.