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Five Luxury Handbags Every Woman Should Own

Five Luxury Bags Every Woman Should Own

Women who love luxury and fine leather goods must have these five handbags in their closets.

1. Louis Vuitton Speedy

Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 35 available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 35 $380


The Louis Vuitton Speedy is what we call “a starter bag.”  The Speedy is usually the first luxury bag many women purchase. Although it’s an investment, it’s the most affordable bag on this list. Its timeless shape is instantly recognizable, and it has been carried by many style icons, like Audrey Hepburn. The Speedy comes in four different sizes (and one mini version) for the woman who wants to carry a little, or a lot. The Speedy has kept its iconic shape since it was first introduced in the 1930s, but it has been reinvented many times in prints like Damier, and Multicolore by Murakami, as well as in different materials, like epi leather and denim. At PORTERO you can find pristine and pre-owned Speedy bags, as well many other Louis Vuitton handbags; each one under the PORTERO Promise, guaranteeing authenticity and quality.

Read: The Five Most Iconic Louis Vuitton Handbags

Louis Vuitton Speedy Handbags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Speedy 25 $690. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Burgundy Empreinte Speedy Bandouliere 25 $1,850. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Cube Pony Hair Speedy 25 $1,645. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Red Epi Leather Speedy 30 $699.


2. Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Louis Vuitton Neverfull Damier Ebene available on PORTERO.comPre-Owned Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Neverfull GM $1,035


The Neverfull was launched in 2007, but has since become a staple of the Louis Vuitton fashion house. It’s a very popular tote for the woman (or man) on the go, because of its roomy structure; it’s also a favorite travel bag! Depending on your needs, there are three sizes available: PM, MM, and GM. The Neverfull can also be made smaller by folding the sides. Find Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags on

Read: Louis Vuitton Patina

Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags available on PORTERO.comLouis Vuitton Rose Indiene Monogram Ikat Neverfull GM $2,900. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Neverfull Rayures XL $2,780. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Blue Monogram Idylle Neverfull MM $950. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull MM $895

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Types of Chanel Leathers and Skins

Chanel Half Moon Flap Bag available on

Chanel has immortalized itself as one of the world’s chicest and classiest brands, completely in tuned with the stylish and functional needs of its devotees. From the iconic Classic Chanel Flap to the most avant-garde of designs, Chanel never disappoints when it comes to elegance and impeccable craftsmanship. Below, our Senior Director of Handbags and accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, has compiled six of the most common Chanel leathers and materials used in their exquisite handbags, in alphabetical order.

1. Calfskin

Chanel Calfskin Leather

Calfskin leather is one of Chanel’s most versatile materials, being offered in many presentations, like Aged Calfskin, Glazed Calfskin, and Metallic Calfskin. Produced from cow hide, calfskin leather, with its small grain, is quite smooth to the touch, and looks beautiful when quilted, as seen on this Black Quilted Calfskin Boy Bag. This bag represents a smoother calfskin, whereas a distressed calfskin would have a heavier feel and looked more crinkled.

Read: Five Things to Know When Buying Vintage Chanel Bags

Chanel Calfskin Handbags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Silver Chanel Calfskin Reissue $2,799. Black Chanel Quilted Calfskin Jumbo Cambon Tote $1,550. Gold Chanel Aged Calfskin Lucky Charms Reissue bag $8,800. Gold Chanel Distressed Calfskin Wallet on Chain $3,600.


2. Caviar

Chanel Caviar Leather

Caviar leather has a very interesting look. Unlike Lambskin, Caviar is grainy and harder to the touch. This type of material is made out of grainy calfksin leather. Caviar leather is very durable and will not show scratches as easily as Lambskin. Although we recommend not using the same bag every day, caviar has the potential to be used more often, as it will not show significant wear over time. Rather than scratching or ripping, it will gain a nice sheen overtime from the natural patina of the leather.

Read: Chanel 2.55 Bags: Classic vs. Reissue

Caviar Leather Handbags available on PORTERO.comChanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Flap Bag $6,250. Pink Chanel Caviar Wallet On Chain $2,799. Pre-owned Black Jumbo Chanel Caviar Shopper Tote $1,699. Beige Chanel Quilted Caviar Classic Flap Bag $7,200.

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Bottega Veneta Knot Clutch

Bottega Veneta Knot Clutch History

Bottega Veneta Knot Bags available on PORTERO.comBottega Veneta Scarab Knot Clutch $1,800. Bottega Veneta Black Satin Intrecciato Knot Bag $690. Bottega Veneta Red Crocodile Knot Clutch 2,980. Bottega Veneta Studs Knot Bag $1,400


The Knot Clutch, or simply known as The Knot, has only been around since 2001, but it’s already an iconic bag for the Italian luxury goods house, Bottega Veneta; which means “Venetian Shop.”

“The Knot is very much a symbol of Bottega Veneta, a link to the company’s history and to its future,” says Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director, Tomas Maier. When he first joined the prestigious Italian luxury house in 2001, he took a look at the small rounded clutch Bottega Veneta previously designed, and decided to give it a face lift by incorporating this motif as the new clasp, and now it’s one of the most recognizable and beloved icons of the Italian house.

The Knot bag has been reimagined countless of times, ranging from the demure to the extravagant. The Knot, featured with every new Bottega Veneta collection since 2001, has highlighted another icon of the house the intrecciato. It has been dressed in simple leathers of exceptional quality, wrapped in the most exotic of fabrics, and been reinvented again and again. Yet, one thing is certain: The Knot never fails to amaze.

Bottega Veneta is know for their minimal branding: you will not find a logo or trademark anywhere, yet, their bags are instantly recognizable. The Knot is no exception, since it’s clasp makes it instantly identifiable. Bottega Veneta is a brand for people who enjoy subtle luxury (it is loved by many European royals, after all, like Princess Madeleine of Sweden, or Princess Marie of Denmark) and fine Italian craftsmanship.

At you will find pristine and pre-owned Knot bags, many other Bottega Veneta handbags, and bags by luxury designers like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès. Shop authentic pre-owned luxury on PORTERO.

Bottega Veneta Knot Clutches available on PORTERO2Bottega Veneta Gold and Black Leather Box Clutch $1,400. Bottega Veneta Red Crocodile Knot Clutch $2,800. Bottega Veneta Grey Crocodile Box Clutch $3,300. Bottega Veneta Black Python Knot Clutch $1,800
Everything you need to know about the Hermès Kelly Bag

Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

In honor of Grace Kelly’s birthday, we’re taking a look at the history of the iconic handbag named after her: the Hermès Kelly bag.

The History

The original Grace Kelly BagThe original Hermès Kelly handbag, in exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo: REX FEATURES


The very first prototype for the Kelly bag was introduced circa 1892, as a bag to hold saddles; Hermès does have a equine background, after all, which was called “Haut à courroies.” In 1923, Emille Maurice Hermès redesigned the “Haut à courroies” bag for his wife; it was smaller, but still big enough to hold saddle. It wasn’t until the 1930s when Hermès’ son-in-law, Robert Dumas, remade the “Haut à courroies” into the “Sac à dépêche,” a simple yet  stylish bag, with a trapezoid shape, closed with two straps, and four studs on the bottom, allowing the bag to remain upright when placed on a flat surface.

Hermès Kelly bags available on PORTERO.comBlack Togo Kelly 28cm with Gold Hardware $19,750. Blue Paradis Swift Kelly Pochette with Palladium Hardware $24,500. Vintage Orange H Kelly 32cm with Gold Hardware $7,300. Craie Swift Kelly Cut with Gold Hardware $14,995.


The Princess

Grace Kelly Bag

Grace Patricia Kelly (1929-1982) was an American Hollywood actress, best known for her roles in films like High Noon, To Catch a Thief, and High Society. In 1956, she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and Grace Kelly became Princess of Monaco, a sovereign state in the French Riviera that, although independent from France, speaks the same language and maintains a similar joie de vivre. The story of the American actress turned princess captivated thousands across the world, and nobody could deny her beauty, elegance, and style.

In the 1995 Alfred Hitchcock film, “To Catch a Thief,” Grace Kelly, who played a millionaire’s spoiled daughter, carried Hermès’ “Sac à dépêches,” and instantly loved it. After marrying Prince Rainier, Grace used her Hermès bag to hide her growing pregnant belly from the paparazzi. Soon, the public started associating this handbag with Grace Kelly and began calling it the “Kelly Bag.”  However, it wasn’t until 1977 that Hermès officially rebaptize the Sac à dépêches as the Kelly bag.

Hermès Kelly bags available on PORTERO.comLimited Edition Kelly Flag 32cm White and Blue Thalassa $19,999. Green Bamboo Kelly 28cm with Palladium Hardware $13,999. Rose Confetti Epsom Kelly Pochette $17,600. Pre-owned Berenia and Rouge Toile Couvertures Horse Print Kelly 32cm $24,999.


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Why are Birkin Bags More Expensive in the Secondary Market?

Hermès Birkin bags

Out of all the coveted luxury items in the world, the Hermès Birkin is the most desired handbag. Sometimes referred to as “The Holy Grail” of handbags, the Birkin is a symbol of status, taste, and affluence. First created in 1984, and named after British actress and singer Jane Birkin, the demand for this handbag, more than 20 years later, is sky-high. The Birkin was not an immediate hit, but it became very popular in the 90s, when there was a boom of “It” handbags. In the 2001 episode of Sex and the City, Samantha tries to purchase a Birkin, only to be told there was a five-year wait list.

“It’s not a bag, it’s a Birkin,” said the sales associate.

Read: The 10 Most Popular Hermès Birkin Colors

A huge part of the appeal of the Birkin is that not everyone can get their hands on one. “There is no guarantee that you can ever walk into an Hermès boutique and walk out with a Birkin,” says Elizabeth Bernstein, Senior  Senior Director of Handbags and accessories of “Now, if you are a very good customer, spend loads on other Hermès items, and develop a good relationship with a Sales Associate, you might get added to the wait list.  If you do get on the list it can take up to two years to have your bag made.” Although demand is high, quantities are low.

So what is a woman, dying to get her hands on a Birkin, to do? She can purchase an authentic Hermès Birkin in the secondary market, from trusted sellers, like PORTERO. At an Hermès boutique, Birkin bags start at $10,000 and go up to six figures for more exotic skins and materials. In the secondary market, however, there is a premium for Birkin bags.

Birkin Bags available on PORTERO.comRouge Casaque Epsom Birkin 30cm with Palladium Hardware $21,500. Tangerine Ostrich Birkin 30cm with Palladium Hardware $40,000. Pre-Owned Kiwi Epson Birkin 35cm with Palladium Hardware $16,995. Emerald Green Shiny Nilo Crocodile Birkin 30cm with Gold Hardware $109,000.


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Louis Vuitton Patina

Fresh Louis Vuitton Patina

Every luxury bag has a different aging process. Just like a good pair of jeans, good leather will get better with age, as it molds to your lifestyle. Louis Vuitton bags are not an exception. Some LV bags have vachetta leather (also known as cowhide), which is an untreated leather that is very susceptible to water, stains, and even sunlight. Louis Vuitton uses it a lot in their monogram collection for trimming and handles. When an LV bag is brand new, vachetta leather will be a very pale shade of beige, as seen above in this Louis Vuitton Vernis Brea MM Amarante bag.

Read: Top Five Most Iconic Louis Vuitton Bags

However, since this leather is untreated and raw, over time, it will start to darken, in a process called “Patina.” Besides the elements, like air and water, sweat and oil from the hands are also responsible for patina, and  because of this, it’s possible that some parts of the handle will be darker than the rest. Patina is probably the easiest and fastest way to tell if a Louis Vuitton monogram bag is authentic. LV replicas are usually made of a plastic that will not patina over time. Real Louis Vuitton monogram bag handles and trims will develop a beautiful honey color over time.

Some people hate watching the patina process, because they feel guilty every time they touch their bags. Instead they rather buy vintage Louis Vuitton bags that have already developed the beautiful honey brown color, so they don’t have to see the cowhide leather darken. Over time, patina will actually protect your bag from dirt, water stain, and other elements.

Louis Vuitton Handbags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Louis Vuitton Pet Carrier $1,450. Pink Graffiti Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 $2,900. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Vachetta Leather Alma PM $1,365. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Alize 24 Heurs Travel Bag $2,700.


There are a few ways to speed up, as well as slow down, the patina process. However, we believe it’s best to let nature take its course, and allow patina to develop naturally.

Some love patina, and some hate it and avoid it at all costs, but no matter what side you’re on, there’s no denying patina gives your handbag personality- no two patinas are ever alike. So whether you prefer pristine Louis Vuitton or vintage, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect luxury bag to fit your needs on

Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton Handbags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull Rayures XL $2,780. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 in Damier Azur $690. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Vachetta leather Bucket PM $750. Pre-owned Louis Vuitton Murakami Pochette $399.

Buying pre-owned Tiffany & Co jewelry; how to spot fake Tiffany jewelry

Established in 1873 in New York City, Tiffany & Young, today known as Tiffany & Co., and Tiffany’s for short, has a long heritage filled with luxurious jewels and milestones. As it happens with most luxury brands, the most sought after pieces are highly imitated and sold online as the real deal. Below we have eight some tips to help you navigate the crowded waters that are the Tiffany & Co. secondhand market.

1. Branding

How to Spot Fake Tiffany & Co. JewelryTiffany & Co. Platinum Diamond Wedding Band $1,220


All Tiffany & Co. jewelry will be branded. Depending on when they were made, they may say “Tiffany & Co.” or just “Tiffany.” Smaller items, like earrings, could just have “T & Co.” Older pieces might even include the date the were made, but Tiffany has discontinued this practice.

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Chanel 2.55 Flap Bags; Classic vs. Reissue

A question we get asked often is about the difference between the Classic Chanel Flap and the Reissue bags. At the beginning of the 20th Century, all women’s handbags were held as a clutch, making them less than convenient. Chanel, a lover of comfort, wanted to give women the freedom to use their hands while carrying their personal belongings. The very first Chanel flap bag was created by Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel herself. Inspired by the packs soldiers carried during WWI, Coco added a strap to a clutch, to allow for easy carrying. The name, 2.55, symbolizes the date the bag was launched: February of 1955.

Note that all the Classic and the Reissue bags are 2.55.

Chanel 2.55

Chanel 2.55 Reissue bag available on


The Chanel 2.55 was greatly inspired by the time Coco spent in a orphanage for much of her early life. The metal strap was reminiscent of the chains that dangled from the caretaker’s waists, where they kept the keys. The interior color was the color of the uniform herself and the rest of the children had to wear. In addition, Coco also drew from her older life to make the bag more practical for women. For example, each pocket served a special purpose; one was even intended to hide love letters. The rectangular lock, called “Mademoiselle,” is called so because Coco never married, and never became Madame Gabrielle Chanel.

The first Chanel 2.55 bags were made out of quilted jersey, but were later created in lambskin leather. The diamond patters are said to have been inspired by jockey’s uniforms, since Chanel loved horses. The metal straps can be worn long or double, to suit the wearer’s lifestyle.

In 2005, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the 2.55 bag, Karl Lagerfeld relaunched this bag, exactly as Coco Chanel had originally designed it, and named it Reissue. Today, the term Reissue is used to describe the bags that have the original Chanel design. At you’ll find many authentic, pristine and pre-owned 2.55 Flap Bags.

Read: How to Care for Your Chanel Bag.

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A French Connection; French Fashion Designers

What is it about the French that exemplifies elegance and sophistication? Is it something in the water, or the eau, is it the French air that makes French designers so effortlessly chic? French design is instantly recognizable by the clean silhouettes, and minimalist approach. The French truly believe that “Less is More,” after all, it was Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel who first said “Before you go out, always take something off.” Get to know our Top 5 French Fashion Designers and maisons (in alphabetical order).

1. Cartier

CartierPre-owned Cartier Small Tank Francaise Watch $2,460. Cartier Ballon Bleu Watch with Diamonds $49,500.  Pre-owned Cartier Pasha C Watch $3,700. Pre-Owned Cartier Trinity Ring $8,200.

The “Jeweler to Kings and King of Jewelers,” Cartier was founded  in 1847, when Louis-François Cartier inherited a jewelry workshop in Paris from his master. However, it was his grandsons, Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, who are responsible for making Cartier a world-renowned brand. In 1904, Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend, Louis Cartier, how unreliable pocket watches were when flying. And so, Cartier designed a flat watch that could be worn around the wrist, with a distinctive square bezel, and Cartier’s first men’s wristwatch was born: The “Santos.”

Cartier timepieces are the pure definition of sophistication. From the sleek elegant lines of a Cartier Tank to the masculine details on the Cartier Roadster, each Cartier watch model is a true classic.

In addition to creating iconic timepieces, Cartier has created some of the most coveted jewelry of all time, including the iconic LOVE collection.

Read: The Story Behind the LOVE Collection.

2. Chanel


Pre-owned Chanel Classic Flap Bag $2,100. Chanel Purple Leather Bracelet $699. Chanel Diamond Watch $8,120. Chanel Pink Ombrè WOC $3,200.  Gold ChanelBoy Bag $7,500.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel had a very humble start in life, but now she is one of the most important people in the history of fashion. She began her business in 1909, when she opened a hat shop in Paris, which was very popular among ladies of society. A year later, she opened a bigger hat shop at 31 Rue Cambon, and two years later, Coco was selling pret-a-porter women’s clothes. Tired of the unnatural and uncomfortable fashion of the time, mademoiselle Chanel introduced a revolutionary line of clothing made out of jersey and other comfortable materials, that allowed women ease of movement.

Chanel further liberated women’s hands by creating the first bag with long straps, for toting leisure, when she created the Flap bag, one of the most recognizable handbags in the world. Today, the Chanel maison thrives under the direction of Karl Lageferld, continuing to surprise its devotees season after season, but while still keeping the elegance and sophistication first envisioned by Mademoiselle Chanel.

Also see: How to Care for your Chanel bag.

Read: Five Things to Know When Buying Vintage Chanel.

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