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Thinking of Investing in a Designer Bag? Here’s How to get the Best Deal

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Guest post by Patriciah Collen

It’s a fact that, when it comes to getting dressed, a classic designer bag has a great deal of power. A bold, luxurious bag can give you a ‘million dollar’ look even if you’ve chosen to pair it with a nondescript dress or a faded pair of jeans. In addition to this, it can also suggest that you enjoy the finer things in life. Oh, and then there’s the fact that a perfect bag can make you overwhelmingly, exceptionally happy… we’re not going to lie! But these bags are expensive, so investing (note the word ‘investment‘ is key here) in the right one is important. However, this task can turning out to be a tedious one, what with the increasing number of stores offering these bags. Don’t worry, though, as we’ve compiled some easy tips to help you to get the best deal on your designer bag.

Always shop with reputable brands

If you plan to buy a luxury handbag online, you’ll be pleased to know that there are many brands that offer this option. However, it is important that you opt for a trustworthy, well-known brand that offers quality product with, obviously, 100% authenticity. Take Tory Burch – an American brand which carries a variety of handbags and other accessories – as a good starting point. You can find yourself surrounded by the most amazing discount deals here.

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Subscribe to your favourite retailers’ newsletters

Many brands offer a special discount coupon if you sign up for their newsletter or register with their websites. For instance, if you register with a particular retailer, they may offer you an amazing discount on your first purchase. So this can help you save a few bucks on your first designer bag…

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Pay close attention to detail

This is one of the most important aspects that shouldn’t be missed while buying a trendy branded handbag, particularly if it’s a second-hand or online purchase. Check the logo is perfect – remember it’s PRADA, not PRADO or PRAIDA. Is the stitching straight? Don’t forget to check the material of your bag to buy one that is worth the value, as designer bags are an expensive possession. You must examine all the signature details that make it special. For further info, check out this handy guide to spotting fakery…

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Check the serial number

Generally, high-end luxury bags are individually handcrafted, and also have a tag with a serial number sewn into one of the pockets. There are various brands that have serial numbers on their bags, while others have artisan signature, the date of manufacture, or microchipping. So you must search for all such details before buying these.

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Check the brand actually makes bags in your chosen design or colourway

Most often luxury brands create special, limited edition colours or designs for a certain season. So, if you ever buy a designer bag away from the brand itself, we suggest you check the brand’s website for the right product. If not, call someone or email customer services to query the authenticity of the bag you have your eye one. This can be really helpful in distinguishing the original bags from replicas.

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Avoid bags with bulky logos or designs that certainly aren’t timeless

All trends come and go. When you are thinking of investing in a luxury handbag for the long run, it is a better idea to avoid bags with big logos that are either over-branded or in garish colours. If you want to play it safe, and unless you have enough money to pour down the drain, opt for a simple shape and neutral colour if you’re looking for the perfect go-to bag for all seasons.

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Keep structure in mind

Regardless of what style of handbag you naturally gravitate towards – be it loose, linear or geometric – a structured handbag is always your safest bet, as it will be able to endure daily wear while retaining its shape. Saggy handbag or sleek handbag? We know which we’d rather have!

Buying a luxury handbag is similar to making an investment. Keep the aforementioned tips in mind and, hopefully, you’ll end up with a bag that’s worth the price you pay for it. If you’re still struggling, don’t forget that there are sites available with even more detailed advice.

Patriciah Collen describes herself as a ‘typical 25-year-old’ who loves fashion, people, travel and writing. She’s a freelance fashion writer and an aspiring novelist who enjoys nothing more than watching the sun rise as she drinks coffee on her balcony in the morning.  You can follow Patriciah on Twitter here.


Images via Instagram / Simple Sprees / Authentic Bags / Burberry / Céline

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