Many designer items can be identified within seconds thanks to OTT logos and flashy prints, but there are certain luxury pieces that require a trained eye in order to spot them among the crowds. Unlike a Gucci belt or a Fendi printed scarf, these "stealthy" pieces are treasured for their modesty and simplicity. Simply put: If you know, you know.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have mastered this stealth approach to luxury fashion with their label The Row, which creates "quiet" pieces in high-quality fabrics. There are a number of other designers who shy away from loud branding and focus on the quality and long shelf life of their designs. If you buy a Blazé Milano double-breasted blazer or a Valextra Iside bag, you are making a purchase for life. Many of the items on our list are the same season after season and remain popular years later.
Keep scrolling to see and shop our edit of the best minimal designer buys.
Girls with no budget will likely prefer the super-luxe cashmere from Italian brand Loro Piana. Of the very highest quality, a top tip from our inside sources is to actually buy men's versions—a cooler fit and occasionally a lower price point.
You may not even know where the trend originated for this kind of simple leather sandals, but trust us when we say it's Hermès and the hugely sought-after Oran sandals. They come in many colours (and even in a heeled silhouette) but a pair in tan is a forever kind of purchase.
Annoushka's diamond-encrusted alphabet pieces have become something of a must-have in fashion circles. Whether you opt in for the pendant or a ring, it's one of those subtle little trinkets many will admire for a long time to come.
Bottega Veneta's signature Intrecciato weave has been at the very height of luxury for some time, despite the many (quite poor) copycats out there. It now comes in so many different leathergoods, from wallets to clutch bags, totes to shoulder bags. It's one of those finishes that will never date.