South Africa has an amazing, pre-owned, luxury handbag market, where you can purchase a Louis Vuitton bag that’s as beautiful as the day the last stitch was sewn. Most premium, designer, leather items will still look gorgeous and can be sold 20 years after being purchased.

While these timeless classics are amazing to behold, what should you look out for when buying an amazing, pre-owned, designer bag? Here are a few things: 

Is it a limited edition?

Did you know that the Louis Vuitton sells more of their Supreme range on sites like eBay than they do from their stores? Because they have an incredibly short production run, they don’t make large quantities of stock, the pieces don’t lose value and so a reseller can really cash in.  In fact, certain brands are estimated to double in value over the next ten years. So, if you do your research, you could select a bag that might make you profit if you decide to sell it down the line.

What materials is it made from?  

If you’re looking for a bag that’s going to stand the test of time, you need to select one that’s made from the right stuff. While we’d all love to have an amazing, sleek, canvas bag for a romp on the beach, you’d be better off with pouring your heart and soul into a beautiful, leather bag. As a rule of thumb, they hold their value and looks for longer, which is great news when you’re looking for something timeless! 

Is it authentic?  

The counterfeit industry is worth US$600 billion per year, so let’s just say you need to be able to spot a fake. Your first step, before even looking at a piece, is to do your research on the item. Make sure you know where it’s made and how to spell the item’s name. Amazingly, many counterfeiters get these facts wrong. Also, the details matter a lot with designer pieces; a misaligned label, different thread colour, even a peeling zipper, these are mistakes you can be sure that the manufacturer won’t have made. Every Hermès bag is handmade, although this doesn’t mean that items will vary, it does mean that each piece leaving their workshop is perfect down to the final stitch. While you’ll need to remember these tips when buying an item through a GumTree or OLX, companies like Luxity actually authenticate every item before selling it to you, so all you need to do is swipe that card for what you love. 

 If you remember these tips when indulging in a timeless classic you’ll be well on the way to luxuriating in an amazing, pre-owned, designer bag.