When investing in handbags, always think about their resale value. A bag that is of “good stock” will retain its value – and if it’s a limited edition, or becomes iconic, it may even go up in value. “Bag trading” in the Gulf region has never been easier thanks to luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch. The site launched its handbag resale program, “Second Life” in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia just last week.

Part of the platform, named “Positively Farfetch”, is all about sustainability. Second Life was piloted in Europe pre-pandemic and launched in America last year. Farfetch’s data shows that 52 percent of their customers had bought or sold a pre-owned luxury item in the past year. Second Life allows clients to trade in their designer handbags for credit towards future purchases on the website and Farfetch has partnered with The Luxury Closet, a Dubai-based resale company that has a strong presence in the region already and that will power the programs.

Dubai-based Edward Sabbagh, Managing Director, EMEA & VP of Growth at Farfetch, tell us which five bags you should be investing in this season – these pieces, he believes, are safe investments, and will have resale value.

1 | PRADA | Cleo Shoulder Bag

When you need an everyday companion that will always make you feel your best, turn to Cleo. Presented in a sleek black hue, she is bound to elevate your look and never leave your arm.

2 | GUCCI | Small GG Marmont Shoulder Bag

You can’t buy happiness – but you can certainly buy a bag that will make you feel better. Crafted from canvas and leather, this beige, ebony and black shoulder bag from Gucci is decorated with an all-over GG pattern and detailed with a gold-tone signature Double G plaque on the front.

3 | VALENTINO | Roman Stud Shoulder Bag

Make a statement with your storage. In a dusty pink hue and of leather construction, this shoulder bag from Valentino Garavani packs a punch. And all your valuables.

4 | BOTTEGA VENETA | Mini Jodie Tote Bag

Known for not using a logo, Bottega Veneta can be characterized through signature detailing such as the interwoven ‘intrecciato’ design on this mini bag. In a tonal colorway with an eye-catching knot detail, its simplicity makes the design instantly recognizable.

5 | FENDI | Small Mon Tresor Bucket Bag

This is not just another bag, it’s a timeless piece. Boasting leather construction, this mini Mon Tresor tote from Fendi will protect your essentials in style. Remember, not all treasures are of silver and gold.