Consult This List Of Must-Have Bags Before Investing In Your Next Luxury Purse

Here are the top styles for 2022.

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Gucci Jackie handbag
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When it comes to the iconic handbags that every fashion lover aspires to have in their closet, you might think of Chanel, Gucci, or Dior — the classics that always remain in style. And, you’re absolutely right: Luxury purses are an investment for the very reason that they will always be en vogue, whether you’re purchasing Louis Vuitton’s classic Neverfull or opting for a modern edition of Fendi’s Baguette bag. The most popular handbags in 2022, according to secondhand luxury and designer marketplace Vestiaire Collective’s analytics, certainly fall into this timeless category and reflect the zeitgeist of this year.

“One handbag I have my eye on for 2022 is the Fendi baguette. It was one of the most popular bags of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, and I love that it had a major comeback this year with the resurgence of Y2K fashion,” says Tracy DiNunzio, CEO of Vestiaire Collective US & CEO of Tradesy, to TZR.

Elements of pop culture — especially celebrities and TV shows — also play a huge role in determining which luxury It bags will reign supreme each year, or at least will surge in demand for the next few months. “When the Sex and the City reboot [aired in 2021/22] it garnered lots of traction, specifically for Carrie’s purple sequin Fendi baguette (searches for this bag increased by +42% on Vestiaire Collective) while [searches for] Charlotte’s LV Capucines bag increased by +126%” says DiNunzio. “We even saw this effect with the premiere of House of Gucci in late 2021, with searches for vintage Gucci pieces increasing by +35%.”

Once you’ve decided to invest in a timeless designer handbag, the secondhand shopping is often an excellent place to source economical gems. (Not to mention, it’s also better for the environment.) “One of my favorite things about shopping secondhand is the thrill of the hunt and finding a great deal,” says DiNunzio. “Platforms like ours also allows you to negotiate with sellers, too, by making an offer, so you’re sure to get the best possible price.”

Additionally, as you consider which popular purse to buy, you’ll want to think about its potential resale value — if you plan on eventually trading it in for something else, that is. Metrics such as quality, desirability, and rarity can increase the value of handbags if and when you decide to sell one. Luckily the must-have handbags for 2022, as vetted by the Vestiaire Collective team ahead, are sure to retain their resale values.

Without further ado, peruse the top purse styles this year, below, that you can thrift from TZR’s favorite secondhand marketplaces. Should you find a design you like, simply add it directly into your virtual checkout cart. Enjoy the investment bag hunt!

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Louis Vuitton Speedy

Fendi Baguette

Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Louis Vuitton
Neverfull Tote Epi Leather MM
If you’re not a fan of the tiny purse trend, invest in a Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote that can hold your work laptop, workout clothes, and more. The carryall will keep you organized while you’re on the go.

Prada Tessuto

Tessuto Bag
In 1984, Prada changed fashion forever when it debuted its use of tessuto nylon in a backpack that could withstand everyday wear and tear. To this day, the ripstop nylon fabric is a core material for the luxury fashion house and you’ve likely seen this shoulder bag on every influencer/celebrity jumping on the Y2K bandwagon this past year.

Balenciaga City

Louis Vuitton Pochette

Stella McCartney Falabella

Louis Vuitton Noé

Louis Vuitton
Did you know the Noé was originally designed with men in mind? (The grandson of designer Louis Vuitton reportedly created the Noé in 1932 to carry his bottles of champagne without breaking them.) Nowadays, the bucket bag comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and prints — and looks chic on anyone who chooses to carry it.

Gucci Jackie Vintage

Dior Lady Dior

Lady Dior Bag Cannage Quilt Patent Medium
The Lady Dior bag (named after Princess Diana) needs no introduction since its first appearance in 1995. The polished, structured style is a must have for any power woman’s wardrobe, pairing flawlessly with a pantsuit as it does with a billowy dress for Sunday brunch.

Gucci GG Marmont Flap

Longchamp Pliage

Louis Vuitton Alma

Louis Vuitton
Epi Jacquard Alma BB Black
After the debut of the Speedy, the next bag in Louis Vuitton’s design arsenal was its Alma bag, inspired by the Art Deco movement. According to Sotheby’s, this purse silhouette was originally made for Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel as a custom order in 1925 and then she gave permission for the house to produce the bag to the general public. The name “Alma” is a nod to the Place de l’Alma, a road bridge in Paris.

Marc Jacobs Snapshot

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