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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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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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Four Reasons Why You Should Only Buy Authentic Designer Handbags

Counterfeit handbagsPhoto courtesy of The Korea Times

Here at PORTERO we are committed to bringing you nothing but 100% authentic designer handbags and accessories- that’s our promise, and we don’t take it lightly. Although we ship worldwide, PORTERO’s headquarters are in the U.S., where selling counterfeit merchandise is illegal, as it violates both trademark and copyright laws. Although buying knockoffs is not technically a crime, we still want to discourage everyone from doing so.

Here are four reasons why you should not buy counterfeit handbags:

1. Counterfeit handbags have most likely been made in sweat shops with little to no regulation. We don’t know who works there, how many hours, or how much they get paid. It takes a seasoned Hermès craftsman about 18 hours to make a single bag, but it could take a young child six hours to make your fake bag.

2. Counterfeit good dealers sell their products tax free. This could give way to corruption and lack of government regulation.

3. Although purchasing a counterfeit item is not illegal per se, selling a fake item is. Don’t get caught up in this game.

4. According to the department of Homeland Security, profits made from the counterfeit market are linked to organized crime, like terrorist organizations and drug cartels.

That’s why we want to encourage you to always buy your designer goods from reputable sites, like As always, one of our customer service professional will be more than happy to answer any and all of your questions. You can get in touch with them by calling 1.877.962.2398, emailing, or via Live Chat.

Questions about authenticity? Here’s everything you need to know to spot a fake designer handbag.

Take Me Out Tonight- Designer evening bags

Going Out Clutches

Whether you’re headed to a black-tie gala, a girl’s night out, or just a casual dinner with some friends, here at PORTERO we have designer evening bags to fit all your needs. Please note: all bag dimensions in the photos have been exaggerated. Always refer to the DETAILS section when purchasing an item to see measurements.

1. Anya Hindmarch Gold Pleated Valorie Clutch $290. Don’t let the gold tone fool you, this clutch can be used both for formal and more casual occasions, depending on your outfit. Gold pairs beautifully with red, black, and jewel tones, like emerald and sapphire blue. Play around with gold and find what works best for you.

2. Hermès Capucine Jige Elan Clutch $5,000. This beautiful Hermès clutch in Capucine Swift leather can be worn to compliment your look, or simply add a touch of color. We love pairing a black and white look with a red handbag!

3. Judith Leiber Purple Clutch $560. A perfect addition to your evening gown, this eye-catching Judith Leiber clutch with crystal is perfect for any formal occasion.

4. Fuchsia Chanel WOC $2,699. A Chanel Wallet on Chain is the perfect companion for a night out. It fits only the essentials, for those girls who don’t need more than their phone, some cash, and a lipstick. The beauty of the WOC is that it can also be worn during the day, especially in this bright fuchsia.

The Rise of the Mini Handbags

Mini Designer Handbags


These days, you can’t scroll through Instagram without seeing at least one mini bag. If you think of all the times you’ve spent digging through your bag to find your keys or wallet, you’ll see that besides their photo-appeal, they’re also very practical.

Here are our five favorite mini bags found on And don’t forget to check out our dedicated mini designer handbags page.

Black Saint Laurent Paris Mini Sac de Jour available on PORTERO.comSaint Laurent Paris Mini Sac de Jour $1,500


At a width of 8.6 inches, this is the largest of the mini bags featured here. Still, how can you not resist its appeal? It’s classic, minimal, and very stylish- three things Yves Saint Laurent was known for. You can wear it either as a tote bag, or with the detachable straps as a crossbody or shoulder bag. We love how Nicoletta of Scent of Obsession styled her mini Saint Laurent Sac de Jour.

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Authentic Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton handbags

Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton bags available on

Today would have been Louis Vuitton’s birthday. In his honor, we’re taking a look at the recently retired (as of July 31st) Louis Vuitton + Takashi Murakami collaboration. Although you may not be familiar with the Murakami name, you are surely familiar with his colorful work through the Louis Vuiton Multicolore monogram.

In 2002 when, Louis Vuitton Creative Director, Marc Jacobs, decided that the iconic French luxury brand needed a new twist; something fresh to celebrate the still-young new millennium. And so, he teamed up with Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, to reinvent the classic monogram print.

The Multicolore Monogram was first unveiled in the Spring/Summer 2003 Louis Vuitton runway, and it was an instant success, since it has been carried by celebrities and fashionistas everywhere. The Multicolore offered a fun kwaii twist to the traditional monogram, showcasing Murakami’s Tokyo style.

Bags and accessories in the Multicolore collection will soon become collectors’ items, so be sure to get your hands on Multicolor accessories before prices start going up! Visit our dedicated Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton page to see all of our items.

1. Louis Vuitton Multicolor Clutch $1,050. This studded canvas clutch would look great with a pair of jeans, to give your casual outfit a little flair.

2. Louis Vuitton Pochette with Murakami Panda $599. Murakami’s Panda Geant first appeared in 2003, and even became the protagonist of the short Louis Vuitton anime film Superflat Monogram.

3. Louis Vuitton Gracie White Multicolor Monogram Bag $1,150. If you prefer white Multicolor canvas, then this Louis Vuitton Gracie bag is for you. A great addition to any summer wardrobe, you can combine this bag with virtually any of the 33 colors that exist in the Murakami + Louis Vuitton universe.

4. Louis Vuitton Keepall 45 Black Multicolor Monogram $2,399. This Multicolor weekender bag will make any trip less stressful, and a lot more chic!

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