Buying a pre-owned designer bag? This is how to keep it in top condition before selling it on again
08th Aug 2020
How to store them
First up is not the wearing of the bag — it’s the storage. Throwing a bag into the back of a wardrobe just isn’t going to cut it when it comes to designer goods.
Holly advises keeping the packaging that comes with your piece and using it to your advantage: “When it comes to watches and accessories, how they are packaged is often almost as lovely as the item itself,” she says. “If you have invested in a bag or a watch, it’s worthwhile keeping the original box, dust-bag and any linings.
Of course, these are perfect for storing your items in but also, down the line, if you want to sell them this makes it much easier.”
Ella’s top tip? Beware of colour transfer. “Do not store a black leather bag and a white leather bag on top of each other — the black will stain the white leather and it can’t be fixed. Make sure nothing is touching your white bag, and ideally wrap it in tissue paper, which will let it breathe.”
How to wear them
You keep your bag beautifully, but when it comes to wearing it out and about, how should you keep it safe?
The first thing to consider, Ella says, is your lifestyle — which item is going to be realistic for you to look after? “If you commute on the DART or Luas every day, do not invest your money in a cream lambskin leather bag, as it will inevitably get ruined,” she says.
“Same with if you live by the sea — the metal detailing on your bag will eventually rust. Pale-coloured, untreated leather bags are only suitable for those who drive to work and keep things covered. If you commute, go for black or patent leather.”
When it comes to wearability, Holly advises keeping an open mind. “Bear in mind that older pieces might have been custom-made and therefore suit a specific body shape or frame,” she says. “Definitely consider the possibilities of altering something to suit you or fit how you would like. And remember to invest in good underwear — a slip underneath a vintage garment will make it much more comfortable.”
How to clean them
But the one big takeaway we should remember for vintage and designer pieces? Love them, and wear them often. “Timeless style has always been my thing. High street and online shopping presents as seen-on-screen options within weeks of celebrities appearing in them — but the problem is both environmentally damaging and also sometimes looking back makes you more fashion-forward,” says Holly.
“Accessories and clothing are considered vintage once it’s 20 years old. Not everything I have ticks that box but I do have some pieces I know I will love for another 20 years, so perhaps these are vintage in training.”
Holly White Hair – Lily @ Davey Davey and Photography: Sean Macnamee
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