The decision to take the plunge into your bank account and invest in a designer piece is always a tough call. Temptation, current trends and the strange allure of a label or monogram can lead to owning a piece that you'll regret next season or to owning a piece you will be able to pull for the rest of your life (and perhaps land you best-mom-ever status when you pass a classic handbag or pair of shoes to your daughter or son!). I've curated a list of designer splurges that are actually worth your money--and where to buy them. This series will be released over a number of blog posts as I started building it up and realized I had too much to say about each subject! Read on for our first splurge-worthy contender.
History has proven the lasting legacy of Louis Vuitton. Over a hundred years of crafting luggage and handbags has made LV one of the most coveted and exclusive--not to mention recognizable--design houses on the market. For me, I love the sense of history behind this house. My first LV is a Petit Noe bucket bag; I love this style because it is evocative of the original Noe bag which was created to carry bottles of wine in (could there be a more perfect bag for me??). Another great thing about LV is that the classic monogram canvas will never risk looking gaudy. I steer away from bags generally that are plastered with logos. However, Louis Vuitton started the logo canvas, so there is never anything cheap about a classic!
When buying Louis Vuitton, there are a lot of reputable sources for getting a used Louis. Honestly, a vintage look in the monogram canvas is so beautiful--I almost prefer it to brand new! The vachetta leather can take on such a beautiful honey tone in well preserved vintage bags. Tradesy, The Real Real, Poshmark and eBay are great sites to look for a deal on vintage LV as they have authenticity guarantees. CAUTION: always read authenticity guides for the specific bag style you are looking into. Serial number specifics, location and leather/hardware stamping can be easy ways to make or break the authenticity of a bag. Ask your seller questions or for more pictures; a valid seller will be happy to oblige. Does your used LV bag come with a dust bag? If so, this is an easy authenticity check: vintage Louis will have a darker brown bag with a simple "LV" monogram on the flap, whereas newer LV will have lighter colored dust bags with "LOUIS VUITTON" printed on the flap.
Sometimes it is impossible to find a good eBay/etc deal on the bag you want. I recently made my first Louis Vuitton purchase directly from the LV site (faints with excitement). While searching around for the bag I had my eye on, I realized that the style and color I wanted was actually cheaper on the LV site than what people were trying to sell for on the resell sites. So, don't put the blinders on when shopping; sometimes there literally isn't a better deal out there.
Choosing the style to invest in for your first Louis Vuitton is a pretty personal choice. However, unless you totally hate the classic monogram canvas, I would stick to a style in that material. This print/logo will never go out of style and it will retain its value very well (as is true with most highest end bags). You can't really go wrong, but if you're looking for a bag that will stay in high rotation in your closet for a long time, try to pick a classic shape. I picked the Petit Noe because it was one of the original styles LV ever produced. Again, as far as personal choice of shape, it is truly subjective. Pick something that you'll love and carry for a long time!
SOME LV SILHOUETTES I LOVE:
SHOPS I TRUST FOR BUYING LOUIS VUITTON
EBAY (But stay smart!)