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May 21, 2015

By Jody Hume

ASK GRAHAM: WHICH HANDBAGS WILL INCREASE IN VALUE?

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GrahamPicIn our Ask Graham series, Senior Director of Authentication Graham Wetzbarger shares his in-depth knowledge on designer handbags, telling real from faux and more. Have a question? Email ask@therealreal.com!
Q: What brand do you suggest I buy if I’m looking for a unique handbag from a lesser-known brand that will still hold its value?
A: This is a smart question! You don’t necessarily have to go with a big name luxury brand to make a smart investment. Not unlike stock brokers, savvy shoppers take their cues from influencers, follow emerging brands and get in on trends on the ground floor. Here are three handbag brands that I foresee becoming bigger players in the luxury sector in the coming years.

1. Loewe

LOEWE FLAMENCO BAGPronounced “Lo-EE-vay,” this Spanish fashion house dates back to 1846 when it was founded as a cooperative of leather artisans. Purchased by LVMH in 1996, it’s currently experiencing a revival under the helm of celebrated designer Jonathan Anderson. The Flamenco bag is the house’s interpretation of an easy crossbody — it’s whimsical and feminine while still being practical. If you’re looking for more of a statement, Loewe’s puzzle bag is also all the rage and was dubbed a 2015 It bag by Vogue.

2. VBH

VBH 26 MINI BRERA SATCHELFounded in 2000, VBH is Italy’s answer to Hermès. Known for their understated luxury handbags, each piece is individually numbered and constructed with fine materials like crocodile skin and gold-plated sterling silver hardware. The Brera is destined to become this young house’s iconic style, and over time will continue to increase in popularity and hold its resale value.

3. Paula Cademartori

PAULA CADEMARTORI HANDLE BAGCademartori got her start at Versace, which is where her fun and colorful inspiration comes from. Her designs all feature her signature buckle, yet they come in endless prints and color combinations, with a style to fit every need. Cademartori’s bags are quickly becoming a favorite of street style stars like Anna Dello Russo and Miroslava Duma — buy one now before the waitlists start.

VBH Crocodile Brera 32 Satchel, $8,000