Dec 20, 2022
Now that 2022 is in the rearview mirror, it’s time that we turn our attention to the year ahead. The new year gives us the perfect opportunity to refresh our wardrobes with the latest styles and designer handbag trends, and to explore new options for what might be our next obsession.
With that, here’s our top luxury handbags that you’ll want to watch (and maybe Find) in 2023!
Our top 10 luxury bags for the new year
This list is in order of desirability, resale value retention, and demand. Regardless which ones you go for, all of these luxury handbags are great staples for any wardrobe, and are guaranteed to keep a healthy resale value come next winter season.
#10: Saint Laurent Icare bag
The most practical designer bag on this list, the Saint Laurent Icare shopping bag is a great luxury bag for people longing for the return of the maxi-bag. A comfortable, unfussy leather shoulder bag, the Icare Maxi bag is sleek and makes the ideal commuter bag.
This bag only comes in black quilted lambskin, but what it lacks in customizability it definitely makes up for in longevity. We know that we will be seeing this designer handbag on the arms of many an on-the-go celebrity, as well in the hands of the sensible and street-savvy.
#9: Christian Dior Saddle bag
For several years in a row the Christian Dior Saddle bag has been at the top of everyones’ shopping lists. The seemingly endless customizability, and the fact that Dior puts out so many fresh versions every season, this style continues to hold the interests of luxury shoppers everywhere.
The classic iteration of this bag, the logo-driven Diorissimo canvas in one of their classic colors (black, navy blue, and burgundy) is guaranteed to hold its style as well as its resale value. If style and aesthetics are more your speed, opt for a version with a bit more flair! Christian Dior creates (and created, if you want to shop vintage resale) interesting varieties all the time, so you can definitely find one that is more your style.
#8: Chanel 19 Flap bag
Another practical and stylish designer bag, the Chanel 19 Flap bag makes for a comfortable, sturdy, and elegant day bag. The sizing is pretty standard for Chanel, coming in three bag sizes and a wallet-on-chain version. This makes it highly versatile, and the perfect day-to-night transition bag.
The Chanel 19 Flap bag comes in a wide variety of leathers, sequins, denim, and more. Having been in the top tiers for about two years, this bag has staying power and the versatility to keep it there for years to come.
#7: Gucci Jackie 1961 bag
Nostalgia and vintage shopping have huge influences on the fashion industry today, and the two largest cohorts buying luxury handbags now: Millennials and Gen Z. You can certainly see this phenomenon in action with the Gucci Jackie 1961 bag. Alessandro Michele loves to return back to the Gucci archives, especially the 1960’s and 1970’s eras of the brand. He brought this bag back in a big way, and everyone can’t get enough.
The Jackie 1961 bag comes in a variety of color and leather combinations, and even a few exotic skins and exclusive collaboration prints! This is one of the more notable handbags to come from Gucci in a while, and it seems like it will be around for a while more.
#6: Telfar Shopping bag
A more contemporary brand that has recently entered unicorn territory, Telfar has already offered highly sought after collaborations with Australian company Ugg as well as cult Canadian outerwear brand Moose Knuckles. Their shearling suede Telfar Shopping bag as well as their jersey and quilted nylon versions sold out in minutes, and they frequently turn out “drops” of product that do the same.
In a very short period of time, Telfar has rocketed to collectibility. The most collectible bag in their lineup: the Telfar Shopping bag in classic faux leather. These bags garner resale prices many times over their retail prices due to the lack of availability online, and if trends continue will be the investment piece of the decade.
#5: Balenciaga Le Cagole bag
This designer bag has been gliding around social media sites mostly unannounced, but nevertheless notable. The Balenciaga Le Cagole bag is a crowd pleaser for the brand loyalist from the City bag era as well as the younger devotees of Demna Gvasalia.
The Le Cagole bag comes in a plethora of colors and metallics in their signature Arena calfskin leather. The Le Cagole XS is by far the most popular size, but any of the sizes are hot on the luxury resale market at the moment.
#4: Prada Cleo bag
Another designer handbag inspired by vintage styles is the Prada Cleo bag. Reminiscent of ladies’ handbags in the 1950’s and 1960’s (Miuccia Prada is always pulling aesthetic threads from this era), the Prada Cleo bag has a sleek, underarm shoulder bag with a flat, beveled shape that makes it perfect for day but also an excellent evening bag.
For just a smidge more versatility, this purse comes in two variations. One has an open top with a practical magnetic snap closure, and the other variation has a flap top with magnetic snap closure. Coming in a ton of colors, and a few unique bedazzled versions, the Prada Cleo is a Gen Z favorite and sure to be a genuine crowd pleaser for many years.
#3: Hermès Kelly bag
The Hermès Kelly bag should be no stranger to anyone familiar with designer handbags and luxury resale. With resale value retention well over other bags, it’ll be no surprise that the Kelly bag is making this list. Nearly impossible for your average shopper to get at an Hermès boutique, the Kelly has had decades of exclusivity and mystery behind it. Without much reduction in quality (unlike other luxury brands), the Kelly bag maintains its desirability with new color offerings every season.
Notable colors from recent seasons that have higher demand include Nata, Chai, Vert Criquet, and Jaune Bourgeon. If something more custom is of your liking, try a “Colormatic” Kelly bag or an “In and Out” Kelly bag. Whether you go with something unconventional or more reserved like a Black Calf Box Kelly, this bag is sure to be a staple in your closet and your collection.
#2: Hermès Birkin bag
Only one luxury handbag has reigned supreme over the rest for decades: the Hermès Birkin bag. The gold standard of resale value retention, the Birkin bag never disappointed investors and the handbag obsessed alike. The Birkin even beats out the Kelly as a safer investment, although neither bag is a wrong investment move in the current market!
With the Sellier Birkin bag being retired very soon, this is the style that is sure to have higher demand in the future. Some notable colors to collect from the past few seasons include Vache Naturelle Grainée, and you can never go wrong with classic Noir, Gold, Etoupe, and Rouge H. Other than the classics, the most in-demand colors are similar to the Kelly, with Vert Criquet and Nata ranking highest. If you’re looking for something more custom, try the Birkin “3-in-1” bag, the Cargo Birkin bag, or the “Colormatic” Birkin bag.
#1: Bottega Veneta Jodie bag
Our first place on this list couldn’t be won simply by having the highest investment value, but with its current popularity the Bottega Veneta Jodie wins by a landslide.
A favorite of younger Millennial and Gen Z shoppers, as well as the perfect grab-and-go luxury handbag, the Jodie bag is hard not to love. The variety of colors this bag has been released in is vast, making it easy to incorporate into any closet and for any season. All this in combination with a good luxury resale value, this bag will be hard to pass-up on this year.
The Jodie bag comes in five sizes, with the most popular being the smallest size, the Mini Jodie. The other sizes make the Jodie bag a very customizable bag! From smallest to largest, the sizes are the Mini Jodie bag, the Teen Jodie bag, the Small Jodie bag, the Medium Jodie bag, and the Maxi Jodie bag. The more sizes, the merrier!
Because this bag is also at a more accessible price-point, and the style suits most, it makes a fantastic gift too. All around, we think the Bottega Veneta Jodie bag is going to be a standout hit for a few more years.
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