The Luxury Handbag Market

An Overview of Brands, Trends, and Resale Potential


The luxury handbag market has grown significantly over the past few decades with several brands establishing a reputation for excellent style and exceptional craftsmanship. Within this article, we explore the vast array of brands and designs.

A luxury handbag can be considered a piece of functional art, it makes a statement while serving a purpose. You may already be aware of brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermès commonly referred to as the holy trinity of luxury bags – these brands hold the highest resale values year on year. Hermès is renowned for its Birkin and Kelly bags that are crafted with meticulous attention to detail and are considered investment pieces. Louis Vuitton is known for its signature monogram canvas bags that have become timeless classics, with the most popular designs being the Speedy and Neverfull. Chanel's quilted flap bags are instantly recognizable and have a cult following.



Chanel - a Jumbo classic single flap bag in brown diamond-quilted caviar leather, circa 2002

Chanel - a Jumbo classic single flap bag in brown diamond-quilted caviar leather, circa 2002

Sold for £3,000


Alongside these better-known handbag brands, there are several others worth mentioning that have consistently gained new momentum. From the retro Christian Dior saddle bag to the Fendi Baguette, to the party-ready Alexander McQueen clutch, there are so many different styles to choose from.

In recent years, Gucci experienced a resurgence in popularity under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele. Their handbags feature bold designs and vibrant colours that appeal to a younger demographic. While Christian Dior's Lady Dior bag remains an iconic symbol of elegance and sophistication.


Christian Dior - a mini Lady Dior evening bag in black satin, circa 2007

Christian Dior - a mini Lady Dior evening bag in black satin, circa 2007

Sold for £1,150


As one might imagine styles play a significant part in popularity, and from 2021 to 2022 crescent and half-moon shaped bags were trending with an almost 70% surge in demand! The Gucci Attaché and Bottega Veneta Sardine bags are proof of this demonstrating a promising future for these styles. Fendi's Peekaboo bag has gained popularity for its unique design featuring a hidden interior compartment. While Alexander McQueen's skull clasp bags showcase the brand's edgy yet elegant style, in contrast to Prada, who is celebrated for its minimalist aesthetic and innovative materials. British brand Mulberry is known for its craftsmanship and heritage-inspired designs, with other notable brands including Jimmy Choo and Burberry.


Chanel a mini flap bag in green diamond quilted lambskin leather circa 2016.jpg

Chanel - a mini flap bag in green diamond-quilted lambskin leather, circa 2016

Sold for £1,700



Apart from their aesthetic appeal, luxury handbags also hold significant resale potential. The value is largely influenced by factors such as brand, rarity, condition, and age. Limited edition releases or discontinued styles often fetch high prices in the secondary market due to their exclusivity and scarcity.

The luxury handbag market encompasses an array of prestigious brands that cater to different tastes and preferences. Whether it's investing in an iconic piece or staying on top of current trends, these brands continue to captivate fashion enthusiasts worldwide with their exquisite craftsmanship and timeless designs.

Investing in a luxury handbag can be a rewarding experience for those passionate about fashion, we always recommend doing your research, seeking advice, and weighing up the risks against the rewards.


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