Navigating the world of luxury vintage can feel like a bit of a minefield. Which items are worth investing in? Which will stand the test of time? And most importantly, how do you know if a product will hold its value?
When it comes to making a luxury vintage purchase, all of these questions are valid musings, and luckily there are several experts out there who have the exact answers and insight you might seek. In the spirit of secondhand September, we tapped Fashion Director and Co-Founder of Vestiaire Collective, Sophie Hersan, to understand exactly which luxury vintage peices are worthwhile investments.
"Unique vintage pieces always sell well and therefore tend to be failsafe investment pieces too," Hersan explained. "Vintage Celine, Dior, Gucci, Nylon Prada and Louis Vuitton bags are good investments as they are timeless classics."
"Rare, iconic, and timeless vintage pieces are currently resonating strongly with our community as well," Hersan continued. "We recently released our first bi-annual report The Smart Side of Fashion, which revealed that there has been a rapid increase in interest for iconic archival collections from the 1990s, including Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Chanel and jewellery by Christian Lacroix."
If you're looking for a few more specifics, we also asked Sophie for the top five vintage products she would recommend investing in. Unsurprisingly, her list included the ever-popular Louis Vuitton canvas bags, Prada's instantly-recognisable nylon collection, and of course, anything in a Dior monogram. Keep scrolling to see Sophie Hersan's vintage investment recommendations.
1. Louis Vuitton Coated Canvas Bags
"The Louis Vuitton coated canvas bags are a great classic to invest in as they hold their value well."
Louis Vuitton Montsouris Cloth Backpack (£811)
Louis Vuitton Looping Cloth Handbag (£523)
Louis Vuitton Noé Leather Handbag (£434)
Louis Vuitton Noé Cloth Handbag (£537)
2. Prada Nylon Bags
"The nylon fabric and triangle logo combination is iconic."
Prada Cloth Bag (£385)
Prada Cloth Crossbody Bag (£391)
Prada Tessuto Handbag (£357)
Prada Cloth Handbag (£474)
3. Vintage Gucci Jackie Bag
"Following the re-release this year we saw searches for this style increase by +631%! If you act quickly you can snap up an amazing vintage style before the prices start to increase!"
Gucci Jackie Vintage Leather Handbag (£362)
Gucci Jackie Cloth Handbag (£245)
Gucci Jackie Vintage Cloth Handbag (£465)
Gucci Jackie Vintage Cloth Handbag (£529)
4. Anything John Paul Gaultier
"Pieces by John Paul Gaultier will become vintage gold dust following his retirement in January, I’d recommend investing in a printed mesh top."
Jean Paul Gaultier Multicolour Synthetic Top (£325)
Jean Paul Gaultier Multicolour Synthetic Top (£446)
Jean Paul Gaultier Pink Synthetic Top (£139)
Jean Paul Gaultier Multicolour Synthetic Top (£209)
5. Dior Monogram
"Dior monogram pieces represent the iconic '00s and we’re really seeing the popularity around this decade increase. The vintage saddlebag and pink monogram accessories can be found at accessible price points, I think they will prove to be in demand for a long time to come."
Dior Saddle Cloth Clutch Bag (£650)
Dior Mini Skirt (£278)
Dior Cloth Crossbody Bag (£558)
Dior Cloth Handbag (£662)
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