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The Five Brands with Staying Power in the Secondary Luxury Market

Here at PORTERO we don’t want to just help you find the best luxury items, but we want to educate you on the secondary market, on what makes a great purchase, and which luxury accessories will hold their value over time.

“The secondary marketplace is very much like a commodity. Brands and their collections gain and lose value based on specific factors,” says Alexis Clarbour, the director of PORTERO.com. For example, you may pay full retail price on a certain bag, only to sell it a few years later and find out it has lost more than half of its retail value. The demand for certain brands and items varies over time, but there are five brands that have staying power in the secondary luxury market; meaning they are always in demand, and, should you wish to resell your items, will always get you a good profit.

Brands with Staying Power

 

  1. Bulgari. We have noticed an increase of interest in Bulgari, especially the Serpenti and Tubogas collections. The brand is also known for their colored gemstones, like these 18K yellow gold and pink tourmaline earrings.
  2. Cartier. Cartier is known for its fine jewelry and watches. The Cartier LOVE Bracelet, an iconic symbol of love, is a highly coveted piece that is in huge demand in the secondary market.
  3. Rolex. One of the brand’s most popular model; the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, is one of the most sought after timepieces by luxury watch lovers. It’s a great collector’s item that will undoubtedly hold its value over time.
  4. Chanel. As Chanel retail prices continue to rise, Chanel handbags and accessories, like this still Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag, can be found at excellent price points in the secondary marketplace.
  5. Birkin bag. It’s very hard to purchase a Birkin bag directly from Hermès, due to the high demand and low supply. However, you can find many Birkin bags in the secondary marketplace (here at PORTERO we have more than one hundred), which you can buy immediately; without having to get on a wait list. “If [a Birkin bag] is in excellent or pristine condition…one can receive a high premium to retail for that bag,” says our director, Alexis Clarbour. To find out more, see our feature on LuxuryDaily.com.

The Perfect Gifts for Mom

Give your mom something to smile about this Mother’s Day by getting her something she’ll always treasure. Here at PORTERO we have great options for that special woman you love so much. Louis Vuitton… Hermès… Classic timepieces… See them all in our in our complete Mother’s Day Gift guide.

Get your mom: Anything Louis Vuitton

A Louis Vuitton handbag is a classic staple every woman should own. It’s a piece that will never go out of style, and that can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion. The most classic shapes are the Speedy and the Neverfull. At PORTERO you can find all types of Louis Vuitton handbags in monogram and Damier patterns, as well as  different materials, including their classic canvas and Epi leather.

Louis Vuitton

Get your mom: Hermès Accessories

Hermès is the epitome of esteemed craftsmanship. This maison is widely known for leather goods and fine silk scarves. Each scarf is like wearing a piece of art around your neck.  Moms will also love a bracelet, a belt, or an enamel bangle.

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Get your mom: Designer Jewelry

This Mother’s Day, surprise your mom with something shiny and classic. At Portero we have many choices to fit your needs – whether your mom loves vintage jewelry, the classics, (think Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels), or contemporary pieces.

Shine bright, like a diamond

Get your mom: A Timepiece

Thank your mom this Mother’s Day with the gift of time. The timepieces on PORTERO are classic collector pieces that are wonderful for both first-time watch buyers and watch enthusiasts with large collections.

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Forever is composed of nows by portero featuring a diamond bracelet

Perfectly Prada

Here’s an unusually casual Rihanna in Italy this week. Although her red hair is pretty hard to ignore, I think it’s her cute ostrich Prada bag that’s the standout. Ostrich is a super durable material that has an inherently chic pattern worked in naturally, and some of my favorite bags right now–in all colors and sizes–are made from it. Whether you’re looking for a similar Prada bag (try this Runway Bauletto Cervo Patch Naturale Satchel on for size) or something in ostrich (see below), it’s good to know that a signature tote can really make the outfit.

Here’s my ostrich faves of the moment:

HERMÈS Saffron Ostrich 35cm Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware. The gold standard of ostrich bags in a warm, neutral color.

OSCAR DE LA RENTA Grey Ostrich Clutch. It’s totally minimal and very chic.

BODHI Genuine Ostrich 13″ Laptop Sleeve. It’s a total splurge, but the acid orange makes carrying your computer around super fun.

Image via JustJared

Hand-held Handbags

It’s London Fashion Week right now, and one of the most anticipated shows was Christopher Bailey’s presentation for Burberry. This storied fashion house has a ton of history to draw from, and Bailey didn’t disappoint by taking those much-loved silhouettes and making them totally modern. His 2010 Burberry woman is definitely an Easy Rider–signature trenches were shrunk and cropped and then quilted to take on the appearance of ultra-couture motorcycle gear. Leather pants and neon belts were also everywhere, again proving that body-con looks will still be around next year.

But maybe most interesting were the handbags that came down the runway. Nearly every one was compact and brightly colored, whether in neon patent leather or eye-catching python. Even if they had long shoulder straps, the models carried them by hand, grasping the body of the bag rather than swinging it from the body. Could this possibly mean the beginning of the end of oversized handbags? Probably not, considering all that women have to lug around. But I wouldn’t be surprised if women start putting their small satchels inside their larger bags, ready to pull out at a moment’s notice.

Shop these Portero favorites to get the look:

JIMMY CHOO Snakeskin Patchwork Celeste Clutch

HERMÈS Orange Chevre Leather 23cm Constance Bag with Palladium Hardware

HERMÈS Special Edition Palm Tree Jaune Epsom Leather Shoulder Bag

Kanye's Vintage Hermes

Love him or hate him, Kanye West definitely has strong opinions about style. He’s collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a shoe line, has an apartment full of modern art that has been featured in many magazines, and even loves to talk about his accessories on his Twitter account. His most recent post? The worn leather tote above, complete with a caption reading: “Vintage Hermes travel bags are tight yo!!!

While everyone might not get the appeal of a bag with obvious years under its belt, there’s something about the aged patina of good leather that feels like luxury. Kanye’s bag, while rough around the edges, is still fully functional and has a lot more character than somethings straight out of the workshop. Plus, I love the initials on the front–doesn’t it make you wonder who used to own the bag and where it’s been?

Want to check out Portero’s pre-owned Hermes? Shop here, and know that every one of these pieces are made so well that you can pass them down to the next generation!

Ultra chic cases

This just-launched Bottega Veneta suitcase is making the blog rounds today, and it’s no surprise that people are interested. Made from soft-finished matte black alligator, priced at $53,000, and named Nero, this is not just your average piece of luggage. Besides just looking really, really pretty, this case has every upgrade you can think of, including locks, black alligator handles, a removable garment bag and burnished metal hardware.

While luxe luggage can be a pricey purchase, these pieces are really made to last. Exotic skins, if treated properly, can outlast any modern materials. Want to peruse some pre-owned options? Try our selection of suitcases, carry-ons and attaches, some in crocodile, ostrich or even alligator. If you’re partial to vintage and like the Bottega Veneta, try either this Hermes black crocodile briefcase or this Gucci brown crocodile briefcase for a similar look.

Totally Two-tone

Leighton Meester looks like the all-American girl while filming Gossip Girl in NYC yesterday. While I really like her cute red, white and blue outfit (oh those shoes!), I’m particularly taken with her navy and white oversized handbag. I love the stark two-tone color scheme and the structured shape.

There’s something pleasingly preppy about this look, and I have a few similar favorites that I’d love to carry around this summer:

First and foremost, this Hermes toile and barenia leather Birkin is at the top of my list. Impossibly chic and absolutely perfect for the warmer months. While it’s not as stark, I also like the similar lines of this Louis Vuitton canvas and leather Sac de Nuit. Want a pop of color? Try this generously sized Lambertson Truex toile and red leather single flap tote.

Check out more images of Leighton and her tote right here.

Image via JustJared

Our Big Giveaway–Revealed!

We crafted a teaser poem last week to get you excited, and then left you for a week to stew. Our partners over at FabSugar and PurseBlog also dropped some hints, and many of them guessed correctly: We’re giving away a gorgeous, coveted, pristine pre-owned Hermès Birkin!

Pictured above, this ultimate handbag (30 centimeters, black evergrain leather) is timeless, elegant and totally chic. Besides being guaranteed authentic (this is Portero Luxury, after all) this particular bag is pre-owned and in pristine condition, which means it has never been worn. Valued at $8,350, this is really the giveaway of a lifetime for a lucky handbag lover.

You might know that the Hermès Birkin is referred to as the Rolls Royce of bags–you’ve probably seen it slung over the arm of celebrities ranging from Victoria Beckham to Mary-Kate Olsen, and from Martha Stewart to Marc Jacobs. But do you know why?

Always hand-built by expert craftsmen, a Birkin’s high price tag comes from the materials and labor. Each takes weeks to create, and when they are distributed to Hermès boutiques, it is on an intentionally unpredictable schedule in low quantity. This particular model has palladium hardware (lock, keys, buckle and feet) which, unlike silver, won’t tarnish. Because of the high demand for Birkins, fakes are everywhere. Want to know some factors in determining authenticity? Here are some key markings:

–Even, consistent stitching

–”Hermès Paris, Made in France” should be gilt or blind stamped in the front face under the tap

–Craftsman’s marks and letter year of manufacture stamped in a square underside of right belt

–Interior leather zipper tag parallel with zipper hardware, not perpendicular

We are THRILLED to be bringing you this fantastic holiday giveaway, so be sure to enter now to secure your spot. Enter your email address here and you’ll automatically be signed up for the contest*. Good luck and happy holidays!

*Read the contest rules right here.

Don't get Tricked! Buy Authentic.

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Everyone’s purse strings are a little bit tighter these days, but it doesn’t mean that buying replica designer luxury goods is the smartest choice. Here’s Portero.com‘s top three reasons to buy authentic every time:

Investments will last. Purchasing a replica handbag or watch may seem like an economical way to be fashionable, but your savings may be short-lived. The inexpensive materials and construction of many of these pieces means that they will not stand the test of time. Instead, invest in the real deal and you’ll have a little bit of luxury that will last.

Higher price means higher quality. It’s the little details that make authentic designer handbags and watches so coveted: Supple leather, sturdy hardware, Swiss movements and expert stitching among them. You just can’t replicate the craftsmanship of authentic goods, and replicas usually don’t make the grade. Want one telltale sign of a fake designer handbag? The piping and stitching on real bags is flawless–it’s usually messy and imprecise on replicas.

The ethical question. While buying a replica designer handbag isn’t a crime, selling them is. The first Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting took place in 2004, and since then, the group has found that trade in fake goods supports sweatshops, child labor, terrorism and organized crime.

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Victoria Beckham Birkin

If you follow Victoria Beckham at all, you’ll know she’s on the absolute cutting edge of fashion–sometimes choosing to wear things that most of us would never consider a “real life” wardrobe. But just as she has you feeling completely befuddled by her choice of footwear or handbag, she goes and totes a totally classic Hermès Birkin around town.

Here she is just yesterday at London’s Heathrow airport looking travel chic. You can never go wrong with a black Birkin, and she pairs it with another favorite accessory of mine–a bold, oversized yellow gold watch. This just goes to show you that while a Birkin may be a big investment, it is an ultimate classic that straddles the line of fashion and function perfectly.

Want in on her look? Shop our collection of Hermes bags now, or check out a few of my favorite bold gold timepieces:

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date President 18k Yellow Gold Men’s Automatic 18038 Watch

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Automatic 2164.75.00 Watch

Cartier Cougar 18k Yellow Gold Quartz Unisex Watch

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