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Five Underrated Bag Styles to Add to Your Collection

Five Underrated Bag Styles to Add to Your Collection

Whether you’re seeking to start your collection or on the hunt for your next collector's piece, a look beyond the ubiquitous classics pays out. Read on for the rundown of our 5 favourite hidden gems to score on the resale market.
Text by Leonie Görke

1. The Dior Diorever

First released for the Dior Spring/Summer 2016 collection designed by Raf Simons, the Diorever fuses the house’s ladylike silhouettes with a modern-day twist. Its reversible flap is equipped with two round magnetic elements to always keep it in place – no matter your preferred way of wearing it. 

Dior Diorama Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Bag | Buy & sell pre-loved luxury bags at SACLÀB
Flip the reversible flap all the way to the back to style your Diorever casually open, like a tote bag.

The crest-shaped clasp is a reference to the brand’s Diorama bag and it arrives with a shoulder strap to keep your hands free. Keep an eye out on the secondhand market for crinkled metallic or exotic leathers. 

2. The Hermès Garden Party 

Introduced in 1964, the ingenious holdall is precisely handcrafted by Hermès artisans and a spacious companion for every day. Less favoured than the house’s Holy Trinity – the Birkin, Kelly and Constance – it’s often overlooked, yet a great (and rather budget-friendly) option for Hermès beginners. 

Hermès Garden Party 36 Clemence Black
Hermès Garden Party Clemence Black

The Garden Party most commonly comes in two sizes, measuring 30cm or 36cm along the bottom, in either leather-trimmed canvas or full leather. Opt for leather if you are looking for a sophisticated office bag, and canvas if you prefer a casual look for summer. Also, you can choose from a plethora of seasonal colours and even patterns on the resale market – one of the most exciting steps when investing in Hermès.

3. The Chanel GST 

From Paris Hilton to Eva Longoria and the Olsen Twins, virtually every 2000s it girl was swooning over the Chanel GST (Grand Shopping Tote). The tote bag’s fame started in the US and soon captivated Chanel collectors worldwide – until being discontinued in 2015. With its oversized CC logo and most commonly crafted from quilted caviar leather or lambskin, it’s a rare – and precious – find on resale websites and considered a worthy Chanel investment.    

pre-loved Chanel GST Caviar Beige on SACLÀB
Chanel GST Medium Caviar Beige

Similarly, the PST (Petite Shopping Tote) is a slimmer, rectangular iteration of the GST and a do-it-all classic – you can carry it from the office to dinner and beyond. 

4. The Hermès Roulis 

A clean-lined design with an edge, the Roulis is only recognized by those in the know. First released in 2011 under Jean Paul Gaultier’s creative direction, the elongated, sculptural clasp is its most distinctive feature – and a nod to the house’s iconic Chaîne d’ancre bracelet designed by Robert Dumas in 1938. 

Hermès Roulis 23 Tadelakt / Chevre Gold / Rouge Pivoine
Hermès Roulis 23 Tadelakt / Chevre Gold / Rouge Pivoine

The Hermès Roulis is an understated alternative to the Hermès Constance. Currently, the mini size 18 is most popular – look for bright colours and exotic leathers. You can also adjust the shoulder strap to your preferred drop and wear it from AM to PM, as a sleek accent to any outfit. 

5. The Chanel Backpack 

From relaxed drawstring designs to Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring/Summer 2015 graffiti version, a Chanel backpack is an underrated addition to your collection that is gaining popularity with the revival of ‘80s and ‘90s fashion. An urbanite’s must-have, it allows you to run errands with your phone in one and a to-go coffee in the other hand. All while looking extra stylish, naturally. 

Chanel Graffiti Canvas Backpack Spring/Summer 2015 | pre-loved luxury bags SACLÀB
The Chanel Spring/Summer 2015 Graffiti Canvas Backpack

Be on the lookout for vintage backpacks with an oversized, gold-plated CC lock or rare runway finds.

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