Designer replica handbag isn’t just a fashion statement – with many ringing in at tens of thousands of dirhams, they’re a serious investment. So with no further ado, here are the designer replica bags you’d be wise to invest in.
The value of this classic leather tote has risen by a whopping 500 per cent over the last 35 years, and one has even sold for Dhs855,000 at auction. The Hermes replica bag was designed for and named in honour of actress Jane Birkin, after she told Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas she couldn’t find a leather weekend bag she liked. Prices for the style range from Dhs36,000 to Dhs481,000 when bought new, depending on the type of leather or exotic skin used. The average Birkin retains 72 per cent of its value, while limited-edition pieces can score the seller around 1.3 times the retail price.
Chanel Flap Bag
This quilted shoulder bag complete with a distinctive chain strap was first designed in the 1920s by Coco Chanel herself, who was tired of bags of the day which never left her with a free hand. The recognisable style has increased in value by 200 per cent over the last 10 years, and will now net anywhere between Dhs14,700 and Dhs22,000, depending on the leather, colour and hardware, when resold. “On average, Chanel replica increases its prices from 8 to 12 per cent each year, so a bag bought now could potentially increase in value by more than 30 per cent in a short time frame,” said Midwood.
Dior Lady Dior
This elegant number with dainty handles owes much of its fame to the late Princess Diana, who was gifted the bag in 1995 by French first lady Bernadette Chirac, wife of former president Jacques Chirac. The royal was pictured with her black Lady Dior replica on many occasions, often teaming it with an impeccable two-piece skirted suit. “The bag’s rich history alone will score it a place in the list of best replica bag investments, with the resale price varying depending on the hardware, leather and size,” said Midwood.
A signature brown or tan leather handbag, dotted with the famed LV replica logo, is unlikely to go out of style any time soon. Several styles from the heritage fashion house make a wise purchase, with the replica Louis Vuitton Neverful, Speedy and Alma proving the most popular. All three net an average of 70 per cent of their resale value, so you can’t go wrong with any one.