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What exactly makes a handbag a classic? Aside from that handbag that you always hear people talk about, those are the handbags that are executed, years after years. As a result, the prices usually go up. When the costs of those handbags go up, their value goes up and if you took exceptional care of your purse, you can resale that bag for a pretty high price, which means it was worth the investment. Some example bags are the Louis Vuitton Speedy and Neverfull, Hermes Birkin,  Chanel Jumbo. A suggestion when buying classic and iconic handbag is to buy them in their most popular or original color, no engraving. There are many bags of surpassing quality and are considered ionic today. Note that the four classic handbags that are totally worth the investment listed below isn’t better than other handbags. The bags discussed below are handbags that I see many expressed gratification or desirability and that I have or will purchase in the future.

The first bag that I think is worth the investment is the Louis Vuitton Speedy. In 1930, Louis Vuitton Introduced the traditional large Keepall duffle bag. In 1965, film star Audrey Hepburn made a special request to Louis Vuitton to make a mini version of the Keepall duffle just for her.  Louis Vuitton created what is presently known by as the “Speedy 25” for her that is now also created in 30, 35, and 40, as well as a Bandouliere style that includes a strap. 

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The speedy is Louis Vuitton most profitable handbag; they make it year after year. The Ebene and Azure have positively become successful, and I find that their resale value is just as high as the iconic monogram print. If you are looking to start your collection, I would recommend that you purchase the speedy bag because it is one of the most affordable luxury handbags to acquire. 

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Second is another Louis Vuitton classic, and it is the Neverfull.  Louis Vuitton launched the Neverfull in 2007, and it has become one of LV’s all-time most successful bags. The Neverfull comes in three sizes, PM, MM, GM and is made in classic monogram canvas, Damier (both ebene and Azur) and Epi leather.

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If you like wearing totes or you wish to add a tote to your handbag collection. I would highly recommend the Louis Vuitton Neverfull. Similar to the speedy, if you plan to purchase a starter designer bags and you’re not too fond of any of the speedy’ handbags, the LV Neverfull is the way to go regarding style and price.

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The third bag that is unquestionably worth the investment is the Chanel Flap Bag, the flap bag was launched in February 1955 and is the most universally recognizable handbag ever. The bag has a double flap, with a mademoiselle closure and mademoiselle metal chain. Coco Chanel wanted her hands free, and so she outfitted the bag with double chains that can you can readily throw onto the shoulder or the hook of the arm popularly known as the 2.55 flap bag.

Over the years there have been many variations to the original 2.55 flap design: the use of leather interwoven through the chain, use of different leathers and fabrics, single flap, and different sizes available. The Chanel is such a classic, and many people love it, I would recommend this bag as a second or third designer purchase once you’ve gotten your feet wet in the luxury designer world because of the hefty price. 

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The last bag on the list is Hermes Birkin. Whyyyy is this bag so expensive? Well, a single craftsman works on one Birkin at a time, and the production of each Birkin bag takes between 18 and 30 hours. The bags are handmade in France using the company’s signature saddle stitching, that was developed in the 1800s. Each bag is handmade, and no two bags are alike. Birkin retail prices range from $10,500 to $150,000, and prices vary according to the type of leather and hardware.

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Even vintage Hermès bags, with their well-worn leather, looks luxurious and desirable because of the well-made materials and precise construction of the purse. If you’re paying for the look, then Hermès guarantees you’ll get what you pay for, instantly and in the future and the resale value is remarkable. Similarly to the Chanel, I would recommend adding the Birkin as a last designer bag option once you’re really comfortable purchasing luxury designer handbags as it is an expensive handbag. I would buy this bag pre-loved. You can find them for under ten grand if you’re lucky.

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