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Five Pre-Owned Luxury Handbags for Summer

Summer bags are about colour and offbeat styles. As we pointed out in our SS16 Trend Edit, this year we’ve seen vivid colours clashed together in a loud, chaotic mix. We’ve also seen a rise of femininity, penned the “New Romance trend”, headed up by the likes of Michael Kors, Miu Miu and Roberto Cavalli, who filled SS16 runways with pastel tones, whites and pale pinks.

As far as size goes, small is in, we’ve even seen a few bags designed to carry just your iPhone, or miniature classics designed to hand from their larger siblings. As for the carrying style, handheld and shoulder bags are definitely the way forward for summer 2016. With those criteria in mind, we went through the Xupes catalogue and picked out some great pre-owned options that give you the look for a more approachable price.

Chanel Mini Timeless Bag in Purple Python Leather

Chanel Mini Timeless Bag in Purple Python Leather

This mini Timeless from Chanel, in shades from raspberry to raisin, is an ideal size and colour mix for SS16. Also, seeing as it’s discontinued and from 2001, you’re unlikely to see many around. It has a fairly short strap so sits nicely under the shoulder.

  • Pre-Owned Price: £1,999
  • Current Equivalent Price: Unknown Discontinued (but a minimum of £3,000 as it’s python!)
  • Hardware: Silver
  • Interior: Burgundy Leather
  • Dimensions: H 13 cm W 10 cm D 7.5 cm
  • Age: 2001
Yellow suede hermes evelyne tpm

Hermès Evelyne TPM in Mustard Yellow Suede

We recently featured this ex-horse grooming kit bag from Hermès as our product of the week. In recent years, after a mention in the New York Times, the Hermès Evelyne has seen a surge in popularity. We love its quirky look and petite size. Its short strap means it can be hand-carried or tucked under the shoulder.

  • Pre-Owned Price: £899
  • Current Equivalent Price: Unknown Discontinued
  • Hardware: Palladium
  • Interior: Yellow Suede
  • Dimensions: H 19 cm W 17 cm D 5.5 cm
  • Age: 2005
Chanel Ivory Quilted Lambskin jumbo classic double flap Bag

Chanel Jumbo Double Flap in Ivory Quilted Lambskin

A classic Chanel Flap bag in a beautiful shade of ivory will look great with any summer look. This 2011 model is in great condition so to get it for £1,000 less than a current equivalent is a great deal. It hangs just above the hip.

  • Pre-Owned Price: £2,750
  • Current Equivalent Price: £3,760
  • Hardware: Gunmetal
  • Interior: Ivory Leather
  • Dimensions: H 20 cm W 30 cm D 8.5 cm
  • Age: 2011
Celine Yellow Smooth Calfskin Mini Luggage Tote

Céline Mini Luggage Tote in Chartreuse Yellow Calfskin

This is the largest handbag in our list, but it’s still small for a Luggage Tote. We love the unusual tone of this mini handheld classic from Céline, which we modelled in our Vivid Colour Trend Edit with some purple ostrich feathers.

  • Pre-Owned Price: £1,499
  • Current Equivalent Price: £2,100
  • Hardware: Gold Colour
  • Interior: Navy Leather
  • Dimensions: H 30 cm W 30 cm D 17 cm
  • Age: 2014
Chanel Blue Lizard Classic Single Vintage Flap Bag

Chanel Mini Flap in Blue Lizard Skin

This exciting blue Chanel mini Flap was our item of the week a couple of months ago. It’s again very petit and it’s brought alive by the lizard skin. It wears off the shoulder but sitting over the hip.

  • Pre-Owned Price: £1,999
  • Current Equivalent Price: Unknown
  • Hardware: Gold Colour
  • Interior: Black Leather
  • Dimensions: H 12 cm W 17 cm D 4 cm
  • Age: 1997


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