No accessory has managed to gain quite the level of allure, earning potential and cultural significance in the world of fashion as that of the handbag. From the birth of the handbag as we know it today, to the slew of modern day ‘It’ bags constantly vying for the fashion spotlight, handbags account for a huge percentage of luxury brands’ sales. Without them, the fashion industry would look very different. Pre-owned luxury bags are the newest staple in handbag collections. With the price of styles on the first hand market constantly rising and fashion’s era of revival trends firmly upon us, it’s never been a better time to buy used designer bags.
The handbag was at first used to carry coins and throughout the years, different styles emerged. Whilst conceptualised earlier, the idea of the luxury handbag was truly established during the 20th century, with the majority of today’s fashion powerhouses launching their first bag designs throughout this period. The Louis Vuitton Speedy, Chanel Classic Flap and Hermès Birkin are just some of the styles consumers began to purchase throughout this period.
Never before had a single fashion accessory garnered such attention amongst the backdrop of pop culture. Bags began to be named after some of the most famous women in the world, from the Hermès Kelly, named after Grace Kelly, to the Gucci Jackie in honour of Jackie O. Each new decade became associated with a different bag style and in the 1990s, the now world famous ‘It’ bag concept was born. From the Saddle bag by Dior, FendiBaguette and Celine Luggage Tote, to the Louis Vuitton Multi Pochette Accessoires, ‘It’ bags changed the way handbags are designed, bought and worn and remain an integral, and extremely profitable, part of fashion today.
One of the first and most popular modern handbag designs was the top handle style. Sophisticated, functional and classic, it was the go-to bag style during the first half of the 20th century and remains one of the best bag choices today. A selection of top handle bags began to pop up during this time. Louis Vuitton designed the now iconic Alma in 1925, shortly followed by the Speedy in 1930 which was marketed as a compact city bag designed for everyday wear. The Speedy’s sleek top handles allowed the wearer to comfortably carry the bag by hand or in the crook of their arm, making customers want to buy the product because of its stylish functionality. In the year 1947, Gucci redefined the top handle bag when the house used bamboo to create the top handle of its new design, the Gucci Bamboo. An enormous part of the top handle bag’s association with elegance and class are the women who have been seen sporting the style. Grace Kelly was repeatedly photographed using the top handle Hermès Kelly to hide her baby bump during the 1950s. And in the 1990s, the Lady Dior bag was splashed on the front page of every newspaper on the arm of Princess Diana. Thanks to these now iconic fashion images, top handle styles are some of the most searched for pre-loved designer bags today.
The emergence of the shoulder bag is a significant part of handbag history. The style is the brainchild of none other than Coco Chanel. Every handbag aficionado has heard of the Chanel 2.55 but few know that Chanel originally designed the bag as a top handle style during the 1920s. Almost three decades later, Chanel broke the handbag mould and launched the 2.55 as a shoulder bag, the first ever of its kind! It revolutionised the handbag, freeing women from the constraints of top handle carry and introducing a fresh new silhouette. The freeing design of the shoulder bag closely tied in with the ethos of Chanel as a brand. But the bag style didn’t stay a Chanel exclusive for long. A pochette style shoulder bag which sits neatly under the arm found huge popularity in the 1990s and early 2000s thanks to designs like the Pochette Accessoires by Louis Vuitton, Prada nylon shoulder bag, Fendi Baguette and Dior Saddle bag. The shoulder bag is now a staple, with the item routinely appearing in each top designer’s latest collection.
The tote bag is the ultimate must-have style which deserves to find a place in every bag lover’s collection. Often oversized and always practical, tote bags are worth the money and are a great way to help you combine fashion and functionality. Whether looking for a shopping suitable bag, a travel bag or an everyday carry all, buying authentic tote styles for personal use will always make a great handbag investment. Goyard is one of the most revered makers of tote bags, along with the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Burberry with totes from all of these brands making popular pre-owned designer bags. Find styles on our site now!
More so than jewellery, watches and any other accessory, second hand designer bags have proved instrumental in the success of luxury resale. Not only are used designer bags responsible for a huge amount of luxury consignment sales but the long lasting popularity of classic designs makes second hand luxury bags perfect for the resale space. Handbags have become elemental in fashion’s wave of revival trends. Pre-owned designer handbags from past decades hold their value and are experiencing often unprecedented levels of demand when it comes to luxury handbag consignment. People have begun selling their vintage handbags online and have been able to earn a significant profit. Receiving a large pay out for items thought to no longer be in fashion has encouraged many to utilise CSD’s luxury consignment service. Pre-owned Chanel and Hermès styles are among the most sought after and designer bags resale is seeing a surge in the demand for pre-owned Gucci handbags thanks to the revival of some of its classic bag designs.
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