There’s quite possibly no single fashion object more susceptible to the chaotic rollercoaster that has come to be the modern trend cycle than a handbag. Think about it—the carryall that for most is just an afterthought, something to grab on the way out the door, is the easiest for fashion to latch onto. It bags change season after season, and as soon as a cool new bag is released (indeed often before it’s listed for sale online), celebrities, It girls, and fashion people already have their hands on it and have already been photographed carrying it. So it’s not hard to see why it can feel as if a bag’s popularity is already on the way out as soon as we’re all conscious that it’s “in.”
If that sentiment comes across as dramatic, the good news is that we’re sharing insider information just a few sentences ahead as to which bags will pretty much always be in style. Luxury re-sale websites see some of the most activity when it comes to which handbags people are searching for and which ones they’re currently purchasing. And according to Tradesy founder Tracy DiNunzio, there are two handbag styles that have always—and will continue—to do well for the cult re-sale site.
Ironically, you’ll find the best-selling bags to trend in two directions, occupying either end of the logo spectrum. The stylish shopper either wants the heavily logo-filled bags (think Louis Vuitton’s repeating pattern) or those with little to no trace of branding (the J.W. Andersons and Chanels of the world do this best). This makes sense when you consider that the It bag of any season is so specific it’s instantly recognizable to the trained (fashion insiders can all spot a “Pierce” bag from a mile away) and untrained (everyone knows what the overlapped LV lettering stands for) eye. Below, DiNunzio breaks down the key bags that she defines as have everlasting sartorial value.