If you're gonna spend, better make it worthwhile!

We women (and men) at some point in our lives want to own an item that we're sure to use over and over again because of its timeless style and durability. Regardless of budget, there are many options out there that can withstand the test of time. Here are some considerations when choosing your first designer purchase:


Quality is key.

If you're willing to spend, opt for an all-leather bag. Leather has the highest resell value and ages beautifully. Unlike clothes, your bag is an item that you will use over and over again so choosing a quality bag is practical, am I right? It is also good to note that hand-sewn bags are the best- the reason why Birkins have a higher value over time. For affordable options, Longchamp and Kate Spade are good brands that deliver quality bags and are recommended by handbag enthusiasts. For big brands, you can never go wrong with Louis Vuitton (but choose your style wisely!), Hermes, Chanel and Balenciaga.

Is it versatile and timeless?

To reiterate, you will use your bag over and over again. Choosing to buy a designer piece is a commitment so better make sure it can be paired with different outfits in your closet and can match your lifestyle. When it comes to color, stick to neutrals- black, white, cream, grey, navy and red as these are the most versatile. Structured handbags such as the Fendi 2Jours Vitello Elite or a Prada Luxe Tote can go from corporate meetings to casual shopping on the weekends.

Keep hardware minimal and avoid hard-sell logos!

According to bag sellers, items that have gold hardware make the bag have a higher value down the line. You can never go wrong with gold as it is a classic. Bags that have large hardware or printed logos are too trendy and can tend to become tacky over time (read: Michael Kors or Tory Burch).

Stick to structured designs.

Structured bags have the most timeless appeal since it complements different lifestyles and tastes. It's also a practical choice since structured bags maintain their shape and form overtime compared to non-structured handbags (such as hobo bags, etc.)

Since the retail landscape for luxury goods here in the PH is still developing, there are reputable dealers you can count on. So what's on your designer handbag wishlist?

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