The Designer Bags People Will Pay Top Dollar to Have in Their Closet

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Careful thought and consideration go into investing in a designer handbag. Sure, you need to adore the style, but you also may consider other factors when deciding to bite the bullet and purchase. For example, deciphering whether that luxury silhouette will hold its value over time. Well, after gathering data for the past five years, resale mecca Rebag just launched a revolutionary tool that will instantly reveal the resale value of a bag you’re considering (or already have in your closet). Say hello to Clair by Rebag, the Comprehensive Luxury Appraisal Index for Resale.

"As more and more people seek out transparency and think of their luxury purchases as investments, we want consumers to feel empowered to shop wisely,” said CEO and founder Charles Gorra. "Clair brings clarity to an opaque industry by showing the true value of any handbag you are looking to buy or sell.” So how does all of this work? As Gorra explained, each unique bag has its own Clair Code based on its style, brand, color, and size. Basically, Clair can determine the value of a handbag across more than 50 brands and 10,000 styles with just a few months. For Rebag specifically, Clair will also tell a customer the fully automated price Rebag is currently willing to pay to acquire that item.

On that note, we thought we’d put this all to the test to uncover which specific designer bags hold their value. But we took it one step further with help from Gorra and Clair to break down which styles are so coveted that people will actually pay premium prices (sometimes extra) to own them even at the resale level. With all that mind, keep scrolling to check out the three bags in question as Gorra explains why they're so desirable. (We bet you’ve already guessed one, as we covered it in the past.) Plus, shop the bags, along with other silhouettes that have higher resale values if you're looking to invest in something new. Oh, and don’t forget to check out more about this new innovation from Rebag on the app or here.

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The Chanel Flap Bag
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"This is one of the most popular handbags in the world that always garners a premium. It's an iconic piece that is constantly increasing in retail price with the brand’s annual price increases." 

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The Hermès Birkin Bag
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"The Birkin is very elusive and the ultimate status symbol in the world of luxury bags. It will also always garner a premium."

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The Dior Lady Dior Bag
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"Customers will also pay a premium for Christian Dior's Lady Dior, which is a more surprising pick. The price point is relatively accessible compared to Chanel or Hermès, and it's also an instantly recognizable handbag that is reproduced in exciting and trendy colors and materials year over year."

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Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Hey, there. Bobby here. I've been working as a fashion writer in the industry for over a decade, contributing to various websites and brands such as Refinery29, Men's Health, and of course, Who What Wear. I've spent many years at Who What Wear, currently acting as the senior market editor where I source the coolest and chicest items at our favorite stores to help you, dear readers, build your version of the perfect wardrobe. While I lived in NYC and L.A. for a while, I actually now live in Boston. Sure, I've changed locations, but my fashion perspective remains the same, as I tend to reach for those classic basics with a twist (think slouchy moto jackets, trendy joggers, and the like). When I'm not writing or talking about fashion, you can often find me catching up on my favorite Bravo shows (Vanderpump Rules and The Real Houswives of New York City are my favorites) or sipping my signature cocktail—a vodka martini with a splash of cranberry and a twist.