Have you ever spent years eying a handbag such as Chanel or Louis Vuitton and wish that you can afford it or stop yourself from buying it because you can’t justify spending that money? Or are you one of the consumers who settle for buying contemporary designer items such as Micheal Kors or Coach because you can’t or won’t spend the money on anything more expensive?
It has been shown that when bargain shopping, our neurotransmitter activity is altered. When purchasing that soft, beige cashmere sweater for 70% off its original retail pricing, the reward pathways in the brain are active, and dopamine is released. Dopamine is a feel-good neurotransmitter that is associated with the development of all addictive behavior – including smoking, drugs and caffeine. There fast fashion develops. Fast fashion are hazardous on the environment, making the industry one of the biggest polluters of the planet and are also hazardous on the brain because it creates an addiction to buying items we do not need. I therefore believe that instead of buying fast fashion, either save the money and ourchase the items you need 2x a year or purchase from the luxury market
If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you’re not alone. Many consumers aim to purchase stylish items at affordable prices. Psychologically it is better to buy an on-trend piece at a bargain price no matter how much money you have.
Studies have proven that when we purchase an expensive item at a discounted price or bargain shopping, dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter that makes us feel good, is released. Dopamine is also related to the development of all addictive behavior, and this includes drugs, smoking, and addiction to purchasing fast fashion. Fast fashion is dangerous on the environment as well as the brain because it creates an addiction to buying items we do not need. I, therefore, believe that instead of buying fast fashion, either save the money and purchase the things you need twice a year or purchase from the pre-owned luxury market.
The bulk of the handbags I will link are from the pre-owned luxury market. Specific bags such as Longchamp and Falabella may have newer pieces at affordable prices, but most of the luxury designer items are only discounted at pre-owned prices. This knowledge should also help you decide if a posted handbag is authentic or artificial. You will never find a brand new Chanel bag at $1000, for instance. If it is too good to be true, it probably is.
The advantage of buying a handbag from the pre-owned luxury market in addition to the price is that you can find fantastic, one-of-a-kind and vintage pieces that you cannot buy in the store. Be careful not to purchase heavily worn handbags that are practically garbage, and do not get scammed. Only purchase from authentic websites like the ones I will link below. Here are 10 iconic luxury handbags at more affordable prices.
The Givenchy brand is a French fashion house and was established in 1952, and its logo is a geometric trademark, made of four inward-facing Gs. Givenchy arose into popularity Breakfast at Tiffany’s star Audrey Hepburn. Givenchy Antigona was primarily introduced in the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2011 collection and has been restated in many different colors and materials since. Givenchy Antigona is a simple handbag satchel that has a silhouette equivalent to a duffle bag. The Givenchy Antigona is loved by many and is considered a perfect work bag. The Antigona retails at
2.Louis Vuitton Speedy
1987 saw the creation of LVMH, which was a merging of Louis Vuitton with Moët et Chandon and Hennessy, to create the largest Luxury Conglomerate in the world. Louis Vuitton company was established by Louis Vuitton in 1854 in Paris, France, as original luggage maker. In 1858, Vuitton launched flat-bottom trunk luggage and became very popular in France.
In 1892, Louis Vuitton died, Georges Vuitton took over the company. In 1896 Georges Vuitton created the iconic Monogram Canvas and became the largest travel-goods store in the world by 1913. In 1936, Georges Vuitton died, and the company was passed on to his son Gaston-Louis Vuitton.
In 1965, Audrey Hepburn, a film star made a special request to Louis Vuitton to create a mini version of the Keepall duffle just for her and Louis Vuitton made the now popular Speedy which is Now created in 25, 30, 35, and 40, as well as a Bandouliere style that includes a strap. The Louis Vuitton Speedy retails at $1,000 and up. This bag can be found in the luxury preowned market in very good condition at about $400 or higher. Pretty good discount.
3.Louis Vuitton Neverfull
The Louis Vuitton Neverfull was launched in 2007 and has become one of Louis Vuitton’s most successful handbags. The Neverfull comes in three sizes, PM, MM and GM and is made in classic monogram canvas, Damier (both ebene and Azur), Epi leather and has been re-created in limited edition styles. The Neverfull retails at $1240 and higher and can be found pre-owned at $700 or higher in near perfect condition.
4. Prada Backpack
Prada was opened in 1913 by Mario Prada, Miuccia
Prada’s grandfather in Milan. Prada brand sells men’s and women’s leather goods, clothing and footwear, eyewear, and fragrance. The Prada backpack was launched in 1984 and remains a timeless piece today. The backpack retails at $1200 and higher brand new and can be found pre-owned from $600 and higher at very good condition.
5. Dior Lady Dior
Christian Dior was established in 1946 by designer Christian Dior, and the company sells handbags, accessories, footwear, watches, fragrance, makeup, and skin care products. The Lady Dior handbag was made by Christian Dior in September 1995 and was gifted to Diana, Princess of Wales. Prince Diana loved the bag so much that she was photographed wearing it in several of-of her royal activities in all over the World. It soon became one of the most popular handbags, selling over 200,000 over the next two years. Dior decided to name it the Lady Dior, after the Princess.
The lady Dior handbag is a structured bag that is made of quilted lambskin leather with cannage patterned embroidery. It features dangling DIOR letter charms that make that bag extraordinarily unique and well-known. The current retail price is $4400 and can be purchased preowned at $900 or higher.
6.Celine Luggage Tote
The house of Céline was established by Celine Vipiana, who launched her first ready-to-wear line in the 1960s. Michael Kors was named Celine’s first women’s ready-to-wear designer and creative director in 1997, and it became more popular after that. Hedi Slimane became the creative director in 2018. The Celine bags began with Phoebe Philo, and the Luggage tote was launched in 2009. The handbag retails $3,000 can be purchased used for about $2000+. The purse is a great investment
7. Chanel 2.55
Chanel was founded in 1909 by Gabrielle Coco Chanel at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris and remained a privately owned company. Is one of the most iconic brands today and its handbags will perhaps always be in style. In addition to luxury handbags, Chanel is a house that is very popular for the “Little Black Dress,” the Tweed Suit, and the No. 5 Perfume.
In February 1955, Coco Chanel launched what would a double flap bag, that became what is known today as the 2.55 flap bag. In 1983, Karl Lagerfeld joined the House of Chanel as Artistic Director. Coco Chanel designed the original interlocking CC logo and was Karl Lagerfeld started the interlocking CC closure on the flaps. Chanel 2.55 retails for $4000-6700 and up and can be purchased preowned anywhere from $1100 to $6000 and up.
8. Stella McCartney Falabella
Stella McCartney was the creative director for Chloe and launched her fashion label in 2001. She creates edgy yet feminine designs, and what makes her different from many luxury designers is that she does not use leather and fur.
The Stella McCartney Falabella was released in Stella McCartney’s Winter 2010 Collection has a signature diamond cut chain trim and handles. The Falabella retails for about $865 and up and can be purchased used for $300 and up.
9. Longchamp Le Pliage
Longchamp is a French luxury leather goods company and was founded in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain. The company initially sold luxury leather smoking pipes. After several successful years selling the best smoke products in France, the company started to create minute leather goods and ultimately extended the collection to include women’s handbags, luggage, ready to wear, shoes and men’s leather collections. The famous horse logo is a symbol of the company’s origin. Longchamp Le Pliage was first introduced in 1993 and is retailed starting at $90 making it the most affordable luxury designer handbag,
10. Chloe Drew Bag
Gaby Aghion launched Chloé in 1952 and created ready-to-wear pieces that could be acquired off the rack. French Fashion House Chloé Has a History of Turning Designers Into Superstars such as Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney. The Drew Bag was first released in Chloe’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The Chloe Drew bag has an immaculate cut, angular lines that emphasize its saddle structure. The drew bag is so beautiful and is one of the most replicates designer bag. The handbag retails for about $1400 and up and can be purchased preowned for about $900 and higher
This list is not absolute or definitive. There are so many more designer handbags and other brands that will also last a lifetime. These are the popular ones that I have seen over the years.
What are your favorite designer, handbags?