This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself or your loved one to a piece of luxury that will stand the test of time.
February 14 has long been tied with the tradition of exchanging gifts with your loved one to show your affection. From love notes to boxes of chocolate and precious jewelry, there are endless ways of showering your significant other with tokens of your love.
This time around, what better gift is there to give than one that will last a lifetime and is considered one of the most sought-after luxury assets than a designer handbag? These expertly crafted pieces that hail from global fashion houses both new and old make more than a great piece of arm candy.
In 2021, the Victoria & Albert Museum mounted an exhibit dedicated exclusively to bags, or as they call it, “the ultimate accessory.” According to research, they are one of the investment commodities most likely to hold value in the long run, even more so than art, vintage cars, and rare whisky.
See the most sought-after luxury bags below that make the ultimate investment Valentine’s Day gifts:
Hermès has long been known for its Birkin, one of the most expensive and the most collectible handbag in the world. Yet recent years have made the case for other models in their trove, such as the Kelly bag, which has soared 129% in value over the last 10 years. For those looking for less of a premium, the Constance bag, smaller but equally classic, makes an intriguing alternative.
Bags As Jewelry
Cebu-based designer Neil Felipp San Pedro often produces pieces that look more like pieces of fine jewelry than an everyday rucksack. The award-winning designer received international praise when one of his minaudieres ended up in the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, carried by none other than the ultimate boss and luxury queen Astrid Leong.
The Pop Culture Kids
Italian luxury house Fendi has long been a producer of some of the most recognized handbags. The Baguette, for one, was immortalized in pop culture thanks to Sex and the City’s famous scene in which Carrie gets held up. Demanded her bag at gunpoint, she says “It’s a Baguette!” before handing over her sparkling purple purse. The Baguette, alongside the Peekaboo, are known to retain and even increase its value on the secondary market.
The 150-year-old French fashion brand has been a pioneering force within the industry throughout its existence. It’s no wonder that today, Louis Vuitton is considered one of the most highly valued brands in the world, offering classic renditions like the Petite Malle, and fun new silhouettes like the Valentine’s exclusive Pop My Heart.
The Luxe Tote
Luxury fashion house Christian Dior has long topped lists as one of the most covetable labels in the market. In the last few years, Dior has risen to the top of the luxury secondary market, paving the way for vintage revival. Some of the brand’s most sought-after classics include the quilted Lady Dior bag and the Book Tote, for their ease and simple silhouette.