I Love Bags, so I Asked a Purse Expert About the Styles That Retain High Value


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As I’ve covered before, I’m a handbag person. If I am going to invest in a fashion piece, there’s a strong chance it’s going to be a bag. For me, that ideal silhouette will act as the perfect finishing touch to my go-to looks, and there’s also the strong cost-per-wear factor given that I use a bag every single day. I was interested in learning about some of those investment styles that could be worth it because they retain value from a resale perspective. To uncover said info, I tapped an actual purse expert. Introducing Stephanie Gonzalez, retail merchandiser and pricing specialist at Fashionphile.

Gonzalez spends her days examining, pricing, and researching handbags in the market, so she certainly knows her stuff. So if you too are considering investing in a new bag this season or are looking for gift ideas for the holidays, you might be quite intrigued by the information coming your way.

Keep scrolling for a handbag deep dive, complete with inspired picks from Fashionphile. You’ll also find more chic bags to shop.


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Prada Brushed Calfskin Cleo Shoulder Bag

"This silhouette does not go out of style no matter how long you keep it in your closet. It has a timeless construction that will definitely be relevant for years."

Balenciaga Hourglass Top Handle Bag

"It has a unique, head-turning silhouette and is a great size for a night out or running errands since it can be worn as a crossbody or a top handle when removing the strap."

Celine Canvas Calfskin Ava Triomphe Shoulder Bag

"This bag is a trendy style yet timeless, and it's the perfect size for doing quick errands or a date night. The neutral color scheme helps this chic bag hold its value."

Saint Laurent Crinkled Calfskin Matellasse Monogram Satchel

"This is a timeless style and is very practical due to its perfect size, discrete monochromatic look, and aged hardware. It will definitely check all the boxes for an investment piece."

Chanel Caviar Quilted Medium CC Filigree Vanity Case

"This cute bag is made out of the caviar calfskin leather, making it scratch-resistant. The construction of this bag is made for this piece to hold its structure, making it look classic and chic. It's definitely a great acquisition for anyone looking to buy a lasting bag."

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Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.