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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Best Designer Bags to Buy Now and Sell Later

Designer handbags are expensive: This is a fact. And that many shoppers prefer to pay less than the original retail price for them is another. Fortunately, there are a lot of places to do that online.
Resale itself is a billion-dollar industry; the annual revenue is an estimated $17 billion, and the category of handbags is particularly lucrative. High-end consignment sites like The RealReal and Vestaire Collective are owning this space, and making it incredibly simple (and more secure) to shop for pre-owned designer bags online, with the same type of customer service experience you’d find at any other reputable e-commerce site. Secondhand shopping has come a long way in the past few years.
So what’s worth your investment? Here, we asked Graham Wetzbarger, The RealReal’s senior director of authentication, which bags you should consider buying now if you’re looking to resell later.

What are some of the most popular bags on The RealReal right now? What are people going crazy for, or showing an increased interest in?
There are always going to be some staples: the iconic brands that are always in fashion, both on the high end and on the low end. The biggest names are Chanel, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton. Those always have really high demand; they’re iconic, and because of their very high price point, people really seek them out on the secondary market.
Last year, Mansur Gavriel was huge, but now the bags sit for a few days. They still sell, but the sense of urgency is a little less than what it was. We’ve seen other brands come up and come down. Sometimes it has more to do with the silhouette and brands that cater to that silhouette. We’re seeing a big spike in Kate Spade right now, because they do a lot of really youthful and colorful bags. They also do tons of crossbody, just like Rebecca Minkoff. They’re an accessible price point, and the color palette is suited toward spring and summer. When people want a seasonal bag, they’re not going to go too expensive.
MCM is also really coming up. We’re seeing a customer who’s more street-style-driven than luxury Fifth-Avenue-driven, who’s loving cool sneakers and MCM backpacks and bags and baseball caps. Even some of these vintage MCM bags are doing really well.

A Delvaux bag.
Photo: Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

What other shapes are big?
I think Lady bags — with a nice, sophisticated, gorgeous top handle — are back, and have been for a while. You see these from Delvaux, they’re gorgeous; Valextra has many that are stunning. And then the backpack is back, so hard. Everyone from Chanel to Mansur Gavriel and so many brands in between — everyone wants a backpack, and everyone is doing a backpack.
What are some of the best bags to buy now that’ll be worth the investment later on?
You can’t go wrong with Louis Vuitton monogram canvas. Not only is it very durable, but it holds its value, probably 70 percent of what you paid for it. And then when you consider the brand increases prices 10 percent every year, that’s a great ROI.
Something on the more entry-level price point is harder, because they tend to go on sale. Department stores will put things on sale seasonally, so you can get them retail at a lower price point. And there are just so many more of them made, so the secondary market gets a little bit flooded. You’re never going to get a really strong ROI on something like that — it needs to be slightly less approachable and more covetable than a mass brand. Finding those brands that don’t go on sale, have smaller production, and have bags that are very publicized are always going to have staying power.
Also, there are some silhouettes, even in Louis Vuitton, that wax and wane depending on what the house is doing now. These houses and these brands that have lots of history and deep archives are often pulling and resurrecting styles that have been out of production for a while, so that really has an influence and effect on the secondary market and on vintage items that are similar.

A close up of a pink Chanel bag and pink coat Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

How long should you hang onto a designer bag before selling it?
In general, I always say a year. If you keep your bag for a year, it’s still going to be in great shape and still relatively on trend. And if it does have some spin of seasonality to it, in a year you’ll be back in that same season as when you bought it.
Sometimes, we can feel a trend before the data shows it. About four or five months ago, we kept getting more and more Rockstud Pumps from Valentino every day. At first we were like, “Awesome!” and then we were like, “Wow,” and then we were like, “Uh oh...” The data always comes a month later. So intuitively, that means it’s time to clear your Rockstuds. When the data starts showing that their velocity has slowed down and they’re taking longer to sell and the selling price point has gone down as well, that’s the sign that this trend is over.
Just like with technology, being an early adopter always helps. Trust your instincts. If you see something and you like it, go for it. If you start seeing a lot of other people carrying it or that style being replicated by other designers, you know it’s at its peak, and that’s a great time to part with your goods — before the trend is over. It’s just over-saturation. Mansur launched the bucket bag and it was huge, and every other designer started doing a bucket bag. It was popular for a minute, and there are a ton out there. So while there aren’t as many Mansurs, there are a ton of other facsimiles. So it just slows down and kind of kills the trend. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Original here
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

TOP 12 Handbag Trends We Can't WAIT to see in 2017

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Much Growth in Luxury Handbags as LVMH Makes Gains

LVMH shares soared after its sales of luxury goods beat analyst estimates, proving its resilience to an industry slowdown and giving a boost to struggling competitors.



The stock closed up 4.5 percent to 164. 10 euros Tuesday in Paris, after gaining as much as 5.8 percent, the highest price since the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks that provoked a drop in tourism and demand for luxury goods. Third-quarter sales rose 6 percent on an organic basis, beating the 4 percent expected by analysts. Increased demand for leather goods and fragrances fueled growth, with Asia improving significantly, the company said.
LVMH led gains in stocks such as Burberry Group Plc and Kering SA, the owner of Gucci. The luxury industry had been grappling with weaker demand in Asia, exacerbated by a slowdown in tourism to Europe following terrorist attacks. Last month Richemont, the maker of Cartier, warned that first-half earnings fell about 45 percent amid a slump in demand for Swiss watches, and Hermes International SCA abandonded a long-term sales growth target.


“The strong performance of the fashion and leather goods division and commentary about improvement in Asia should be taken positively for the soft luxury industry as a whole,” Zuzanna Pusz, an analyst at Berenberg, wrote in a note. 
For a Bloomberg Intelligence analysis of LVMH’s results, click here
LVMH said better results in Asia boosted sales growth at its biggest segment, fashion and leather goods, to 5 percent, the fastest pace in more than a year. Revenue from perfumes and cosmetics also bested estimates as Louis Vuitton introduced seven namesake fragrances.






In mainland China, sales picked up from mid-single-digit percentage growth in the first half to mid-teens in the third quarter, Chief Financial Officer Jean-Jacques Guiony said on a conference call. Chinese nationals were very active buyers both in and outside China, but it wasn’t clear whether this trend would continue, he said. Performance in Hong Kong also improved, while still in decline, the CFO said.“Hong Kong is still in negative territory,” Guiony said. “We were mid-teens negative and are mid-single-digit negative now.”
Richemont, which also owns fashion and accessories brands like Chloe and Alfred Dunhill, advanced 3.6 percent in Zurich. Swatch Group AG, the maker of Omega and Longines watches, ended the day up 4.1 percent. Hermes added 1.4 percent in Paris and Kering, whose Gucci brand is on the comeback trail, gained 1.5 percent.
The luxury industry has been suffering from a drop in tourism in Europe after last year’s terrorist attacks and the March airport bombing in Brussels. Demand for expensive timepieces has been hit the hardest lately. In July, Swatch reported its lowest first-half profit in seven years as demand cratered in Hong Kong, France and Switzerland.

-bloomberg.com



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Discounted Authentic Louis Vuitton Bags? YES Please!

London, The Lowest Priced Louis Vuitton Bags in the World

 
Louis Vuitton Marc Newson Fleece Backpack

....Have you packed your bags yet? No pun intended!

How is this even possible you ask?  It's economics my Dear Watson!  With the fall of the Brittish pound back in June, dropping more than 17% against the American dollar - actually has some benefits. The cost of luxury goods, for the itme being, cost less in the UK after the conversion. 
According to research by Deloitte, the Speedy 30 Louis Vuitton handbag is $802 in London, compared with $850 in Paris, $970 in New York, and $1,115 in China.  All relative o course.

 
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière 30 Aurore

"The trend in luxury pricing in the U.K. is being driven mainly by the depression in sterling – thus making the same item more affordable in the U.K. market than any other major luxury market," Nick Pope, the head of fashion and luxury at Deloitte, told the BBC.
‘People don’t like paying more for the same product.’
In fact, it’s said that 64% of comparable luxury goods are now cheapest in the UK.

Louis Vuitton Capucines GM


If ever, right now is the best time to buy your investment bag!














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