9 Bags That Will Actually Earn You Money Over Time

The term “investment buy” gets bandied around a lot in fashion speak. Sure, classic camel coats and well-made shoes will see you through many years, but they’re only an investment in terms of how often you’ll wear them. It’s unlikely you’ll make any more reselling a pair of worn-out shoes.

Which is why you really can put “bag” and “investment” in the same phrase. Some brands (we’re looking at you Hermès) will even increase in value as they patiently sit in a dust bag at the back of your wardrobe because of the waiting lists for new styles owing to the time and craft needed to bring a single, say, Birkin to life. Other styles just never date—like Chanel’s 2.55.

So far so obvious, but according to top resale site Vestiaire Collective, there’s a surprising number of much newer brands that are holding on to their value. The company shared exclusive data with us to reveal that of-the-moment labels like Staud and Off-White are being traded at almost the same price they were purchased for. Referring to Off-White’s popular Binder bag, a Vestiaire Collective spokesperson explained: “Savvy customers should buy and sell this within three to six months if looking to recoup full amount, otherwise it could be a good style to keep/collect as a ‘future vintage’ piece.”

Taking good care of your bag is obvious—both when in use and not—to guarantee interest if you’re looking to trade it in. So before you splash out on a new-season bit of arm candy, check out the scoop from Vestiaire Collective below as to which bags make the best investments right now.