11 Designer Handbags that Make Perfect Investment Pieces

Chanel, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent. What do all these brands have in common, you ask? Well, for one thing they age like fine wine; the older, the better. While some might consider designer handbags to be frivolous purchase, we consider them an investment piece for your closet and wallet. You see, high-end bags are timeless pieces that are always on high demand. This helps them retain and, often, increase value depending on their condition. While the initial splurge might cause a dent in your wallet, in a few years you can easily resell them for a profit and get most, if not all, of your investment. This spring, put your tax return to go use and treat yourself to a designer handbags. From Gucci to Marc Jacobs, indulge in your handbag obsession with these timeless designers bags that are worth the splurge.

Best Designer Handbag Strathberry Midi Bi-Color Tote photo

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Strathberry Midi Bi-Color Tote

It's no secret everything Meghan Markle wears sells out almost immediately. During her first public event with Prince Harry following their engagement, the soon-to-be mom wore a tri-colored Strathberry tote that sold out in just 11 minutes after her appearance. While the burgundy, navy, and vanilla version seen on Markle is constantly out of stock, the Edinburgh-based company has other amazing colorways with the same silhouette. After all, who wouldn't want to dress like the Duchess. ($740; saksfifthavenue.com)

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Best Designer Handbag Stella McCartney Perforated Logo Faux Leather Crossbody Bag photo

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Stella McCartney Perforated Logo Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

When you think of designer handbags, what's the first thing that pops into your mind? Leather? Snake skin? Maybe suede? Not very cruelty-free, huh? Well, the good news is there's a vegan designer brand that doesn't use leather, skin, fur or feathers. Stella McCartney, the designer and daughter of Beatles singer Paul McCartney, has an entire line of luxury handbags made from materials that are not derived by animals. We're obsessing over this chic crossbody bag because although it appears to be made from leather it's actually a high-quality Alter Nappa material — a faux leather derived from polyester, polyurethane, and vegetable oil. ($760; nordstrom.com)

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Best Designer Handbags Chloé Small Nile Bracelet Leather Crossbody Bag photo

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Chloé Small Nile Bracelet Leather Crossbody Bag

If you're a royal fanatic, Chloé is another Meghan Markle-approved handbag brand worth checking out! Spotted on the former Suits actress at the Christmas Day church service in Sandringham, Norfolk, the Duchess carried the camel-colored Chloe "Pixie" bag that beautifully complimented her neutral attire. Sadly, the bag is no longer available but we found a similar version from the brand that is equally as chic. ($1,690; nordstrom.com)

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Best Designer Handbags GG Marmont 2.0 Matelassé Leather Belt Bag photo

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GG Marmont 2.0 Matelassé Leather Belt Bag

Need a festival-worthy bag for your upcoming music event? Look no further. Unlike regular handbags that are bulky and not practical for a crowd setting, this hands-free bag is a sophisticated upgrade on the fanny pack and uses a belt that securely attaches itself to your waist using your pants' belt loops. While this Gucci belt bag is definitely a splurge, knowing your stuff is safe and won't get lost throughout the day makes it worth every penny. Trust us, this bag will soon become your go-to accessory for all your crazy adventures. ($1,150; nordstrom.com)

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Best Designer Bags Prada Daino Bucket Bag photo

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Prada Daino Bucket Bag

Designer handbags are a big investment. So, why not shop for one that is multifunctional? With two different straps, this trendy bucket bag can be worn under the arm and by hand or over the shoulder like a crossbody bag. We recommend pairing this number with your favorite casual maxi dress and comfy mules for stylish on-the-go spring look. ($1,690, saksfifthavenue.com)

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Best Designer Handbags Valentino Garavani Medium Clear Rockstud Spike Bag photo

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Valentino Garavani Medium Clear Rockstud Spike Bag

Whether you've been to a concert or sport games lately, chances are you've encountered the new clear bag policy. In efforts to keep security at an all time high, stadiums requires attendees to carry all their personal items in clear totes or ziploc bags that, from a fashion standpoint, are considered unattractive. Thankfully, you no longer have to sacrifice style or safety while seeing your favorite team or artist play. Thanks to its see-through PVC material, this transparent crossbody from Valentino not only passes the stadium's handbag restriction but it also keeps your game-day outfit on point.($2,450; saksfifthavenue.com)

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Best Designer Handbag Cult Gaia Mini Luna Metal Bag photo

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Cult Gaia Mini Luna Metal Bag

Your favorite basket bag just got a luxurious upgrade. Inspired the bamboo ark bag seen on every blogger and influencer last summer, Cult Gaia created a brass bag that adds an elegant touch to your beach, brunch or weekend attire. The round silhouette offers enough room to keep all your essentials, while the caged pattern gives those around you a sneak peek of what's in your bag. Of course, keep your credit card in your wallet! We wouldn't want anyone stealing your number. ($498; nordstrom.com)

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Best Designer Handbag Christian Louboutin Cabata Small Empire Paris Tote Bag photo

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Christian Louboutin Cabata Small Empire Paris Tote Bag

While Christian Louboutin is known for his shoes with red-lacquered soles, there's another product from the French designer that is becoming a closet staple: his tote bags. Like the infamous red bottoms (or bloody shoes, as Cardi B like to refer to them), the spacious tote is lined with the same iconic crimson color. The casual bag offers one main compartment that can fit all your everyday essentials, from your laptop to gym sneakers. But for those looking for extra storage, we recommend buying a purse insert with several pockets that keep all your valuables organized and in place. ($1,290; neimanmarcus.com)

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Best Designer Handbags Saint Laurent Medium Monogram Mattelasse Leather Chain Wallet photo

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Saint Laurent Medium Monogram Mattelasse Leather Chain Wallet

Are you tired of always carrying your bulky wallet during your night out at the bar? Well, this 2-in-1 bag might be the solution. Get ready to leave your wallet at home because this spacious bag not only fits your phone, but it also has several slots designed to carry your credit cards and ID. For those of you who always carry cash, there are two unique compartments wide enough to fit all your bills. Now, this bag makes a whole lot of cents. ($1,650; saksfifthavenue.com)

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Best Designer Handbag Marc Jacobs Mini Backpack photo

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Marc Jacobs Mini Backpack

If you're looking for a hands-free bag for your daily dog walks, check out this backpack from Marc Jacobs. While this pack is too small to fit your laptop, you can easily squeeze in your wallet, phone, and of course, poop bags, for all your on-the-go moments. It's a piece that can go from the park to cocktail hour. Trust us, the days of stuffing your pockets will finally be over. ($350; saksfifthavenue.com)

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Best Designer Handbag Mansur Gavriel Mini Fringe Leather Satchel photo

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Mansur Gavriel Mini Fringe Leather Satchel

Take a fashion cue from your favorite celeb by shopping this minimalist satchel bag from Mansur Gavriel. Seen on A-listers such as Sienna Miller, Reese Witherspoon, and Gigi Hadid, this leather handbag is great to carry all your essentials in one roomy bag. The bag is also available in a bright red shade for those who are looking to add a splash of color to their outfit. ($495; nordstrom.com)

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