Second-hand designer handbags are set to make a comeback in 2022
Each season, I want to add to my already extensive collection of handbags. Rather than tracking down the latest trending styles on social media, I take a more nostalgic approach by indulging myself. I’ve started gravitating towards the second-hand designer bags that made my eyes sparkle at the time and are set to make a big comeback in 2022. And surprisingly (for absolutely no one) they match all to the current industry penchant for all things Y2K fashion.
According to RebagAccording to Clair’s 2021 annual report, an in-depth study the luxury retailer uses to track the latest market trends, traffic has already started picking up popular styles from the mid-2000s â but not the ones you’d necessarily expect. For starters, Balenciaga’s “City” bag was timed by influencers a few months ago as a bag to watch, when the house’s creative director Demna revived the buzzy style. Meanwhile, Prada’s “Vitello Daino” satchel line is poised to be the next big reissue, and its new “Reissue 1995″ tote, a structured style with double top handles and a briefcase-like silhouette, transcends seasons and trends. But these historic handbag brands aren’t the only ones to watch.
âWe saw a nice push from Bottega [Veneta]says Rebag founder and CEO Charles Gorra of the annual used market report. “They’ve been on the run for a few years, pretty much since Daniel Lee came on board, and we’re seeing a massive impact on the resale side of things. Gorra adds that the luxury brand’s trade-in value is now 50% , a spike from 28% just two years ago.For those determined to get their money’s worth in the long run, consider investing in Bottega Veneta’s “Intrecciato” hobo bag, which is rated with a trade-in value of almost 90%.
And of course, because everything eventually comes back into style, it’s only a matter of time before one of these bags finds their way to the top of the resale market charts. But by then it is almost always too late. To keep you ahead of the masses, below is a well-curated selection of under-the-radar designer handbag styles worth bookmarking (and buying second-hand) for more. late.
Bag “City” Balenciaga
Those keeping a close eye on the latest bag reissues might say that the “City” studded tote is not in fact considered under the radar, but to the untrained eye, it’s still on the cusp of its prime. A favorite among style icons Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (and scores of other celebrities) during their early era, the slightly loose, moto-style design, which has proven to improve with the age, has been redesigned over the years. years in countless materials, colors and sizes to please almost everyone. Searches for the style rose 475% at the top of the year, which Rebag says can be attributed to the ongoing Y2K fashion trend popularized by TikTok, as well as reboots like And just like that and Gossip Girl, which often feature the desired handbag.
Gucci “Dionysus” bag
Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, likes to put a modern spin on classics from the archives. But on a list of the luminary’s own attributions to the Italian fashion house, the instantly recognizable double tiger head hardware of his Dionysus bag is somewhere near the top. Playing on Gucci’s signature “horsebit” details, the style debuted in 2015 and takes its name from the ancient Greek god of wine and all that comes with a lavish life. Only seven years after its creation, the accent is considered one of the “Gucci’s beloved” â a selection of essential collector’s items linked to the brand’s historical past. Moreover, in the metaverse, the specific bag style is already a flagship. On Roblox, Gucci released the item as a limited-edition in-game bag style (costing around $6 in Robux), which was later resold for $4,115 (350,000 Robux), a total that costs more than the actual price of the physical bag.
CÃ©line “Phantom” Luggage Tote
Early fashion trends are at an all-time high, which means the rise of mid-to-late 2000s styles isn’t far behind. Those looking to stay ahead of the wave (and major markups) should consider Old Celine’s once-beloved “Phantom” tote. The Phoebe Philo design debuted in 2011, instantly rising to popularity as a paparazzi-pic montage, worn by celebrities and models, like Kourtney Kardashian, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Alessandra Ambrosia, to name a few. -ones. Only available in medium and large sizes, the structured piece is certainly larger than currently popular handbag styles on the market, but has everything you need for your next not-so-new “It” bag.
Bottega Veneta “Intrecciato” tote bag
Daniel Lee’s three-year reign as creative director of Bottega Veneta may have come to an end, but the luxury brand’s collection of fashionable accessories is still going strong. In fact, as the recent rise of the brand’s “Teen Jodie” woven bag proves, any style – past or present – that features the iconic “Intrecciato” leather weaving technique is a certified hit. Invest in one of the Bottega Veneta vintages hobo styles lets you be fashionable, while adding a new addition to your coin collection forever.
Louis Vuitton “Crescent” bag
A simple look at the latest runway collections will tell you everything you need to know about where handbag trends are heading. Thanks to the likes of Peter Do and The Row, among others, the sling-style handbag is having a moment. A hybrid between a classic hobo and a shoulder bag, the baggy silhouette is nothing new. “Crescent” by Louis Vuitton the design hit the scene long before the âhammockâ trend took off and is now worth being on your radar in terms of second-hand and vintage handbag styles to invest in. According to Gorra, the brand itself currently has an average value retention of 80%, which means you’re bound to get what you pay for if you decide to resell it later.
Christian Dior “Street Chic” Bag
At this point in the trend cycle, the baguette-style bag has pretty much run its course. But Dior’s buckled shoulder version is a worthy exception. Slightly larger than more traditional outlets, its curved body has a banana-shaped design that still looks relevant today. Available on most luxury resale sites under $1,500, the Dior â”Street Chic” bag is an excellent alternative for SATC– approved saddle bag whose price continues to skyrocket. (Take this from someone who was looking at the above on eBay before its re-release, it’s better to get ahead of the wave.)
Prada 1995-Era Tote
Leave it to Miuccia Prada to take the Italian fashion house’s timeless tote and make it fresh and new for the present. A tried-and-true classic, the brand has created an entire line of reissues of its 1995 tote bag, made popular by the era’s ultimate muse Caroline Bessette Kennedy. But because the now-sold-out reissue is an updated take on a vintage silhouette, there’s even more reason to buy a pre-loved style or another pre-owned version from the brand that looks just like it instead. .
Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’ Tote
Millennials will agree that at the pinnacle of mid-2000s fashion is an iteration of Stella McCartney’s “Falabella” tote. First released towards the end of 2009, the bag is immediately recognized by its flap design and chain link trim. But what separates the basic design from the rest is what it represents: the handbag remains one of the first of its kind in terms of durability, which makes a strong argument for luxury brands without leather. , which seemed almost impossible at the time. time. Today, it remains one of the brand’s most memorable pieces and is set to make a comeback soon.
Fendi “Oyster” bag
A compact alternative to Fendi’s signature baguette, the “Oyster” bag is a smaller shoulder style with a rounded body that, when properly wrapped, resembles a pocket pouch. While the most common iterations on the market include the logo-print canvas, a few of your favorite retail sites, including Fashionphile, also carry the beaded fringe and leather bag, making it a great option. for a night. With so many versions to choose from â think fabric, embellishments and everything in between â you’re almost guaranteed to find a unique style you won’t find on anyone else.