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A Designer Handbag Could be the Best Investment You Make This Season

Invest in yourself by making an expensive handbag your arm-candy for that dinner party.

Handbags don’t just have to be your guilty pleasure – you can actually use them to diversify your investments and turn them into assets.

According to Art Market Research (AMR), the value of luxury handbags, prominently those designed by Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, have spiked over 83% over the last ten years. 

Collectors, dealers and resellers are now favouring handbags over art pieces, classic cars and expensive alcohols to utilise as an asset with increasing value.

These bags have been gradually increasing in popularity and value since they first arrived on the market – with some doubling their original worth within the last few years.

According to the (AMR) report, over 3,500 designer handbags were sold at auction in 2019, cashing in an astounding ÂŁ26.4m ($50.4m NZD).

Of course the coveted Hermes Birkin bag takes the lead in the most expensive bags of the bunch, with its crocodile skin Himalayan Birkin being the most collectible in the world.

In 2016, the crocodile skin Birkin, with its white gold and diamond hardware was sold in a Hong Kong auction for a record-breaking 2.8m Hong Kong Dollars, which racks up to $569,000 NZD.

There has been a 93% increase in value from its original worth of $80,000-$100,000 USD. The Hermès Kelly’s has had the highest rate of value progression, increasing by 129% in the last ten years, selling for $125,000 USD at auction. 

Comparably, Chanel flap bags have risen by 132%, and the Monogram Dior saddle bag which was originally $2000 USD when it debuted in 1999, has quadrupled, now selling at the highest of $8000 USD.

The handbag industry has become an investing agency that takes advantage of the rise of social media and e-commerce corporations in which resellers and investors collaborate. 

“Luxury handbags are the tip of the iceberg of a secondary market for luxury which threatens to redefine the auction landscape,” says AMR, and this is something we can see in an array of facets in fashion. 

Whether its classic vintage monogram prints or hypebeast streetwear culture, the growing demand and rise of prices can be seen all over the world.

These Boots Are Made For Walking

Stroll through our selection of the best winter boots for your wardrobe this season.

Chilly nights and gloomy days shouldn’t stop you from stepping out and making a fashion statement. It’s boot season, so it’s time to pull out your most trusty pair or even invest in some new styles.

There are so many ways to bust out those boots you haven’t grabbed for all summer – here are our favourite ways to wear boots this winter.

THE KNEE HIGH

Knee-high boots have been around for a minute, but they will always be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. 

Black boots go with everything and when they’re knee-high you can wear them under or over jeans – but our favourite way to wear then right now is with a midi skirt or dress.

Whether it’s patent, soft or matte, leather is the way to go with these knee-high boots. You can’t go wrong, they’ll keep the rain off and keep the warmth in. 

COLOUR

Who says it needs to be summer for a bit of colour?

Injecting bold hues into your wardrobe will never do any harm. Brighten up the gloomy weather with a pop of colour in your boots. 

Whether it’s ankle length, kitten-heeled or knee-high, freshen up your outfit with some lush colours and you won’t regret it.

THE SLOUCH

Slouch galore.

The slouchy boot has made its way back into fashion and we are absolutely loving it. 

Use grey to add dimension to your look, white to make it pop and an angular cut to add some edge.

We can’t get enough of this new take on slouchy boots – paired with a midi skirt and overcoat, you’ll be a walking poster girl for dreamy taste.

KITTY-KAT

We’ve seen kitten heels everywhere for the past couple of seasons, but now they’ve made their way to boots as well.

This gorgeous spin on wearable fashion mixes practicality with marvellous footwear shapes.

Save yourself the slipping this winter and get your hands on some kitten heels now.

THE FLAT

Whilst we’d love to wear sky high boots everyday, we know that everybody has those winter days when they just want a good flat boot. 

We’ve picked out our favourite new styles from the runway this season.

A good combat boot is an essential staple for everyone and the chelsea boot is not an exception.

The white contrast stitching on this Noon by Noor chelsea boot makes your practical shoe-wear stand out, whilst the angular toe-box of this Stella McCartney boot spices up this comfy shoe.