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A New Investment Advice Service

A New Investment Advice Service

Following requests for advice and guidance, Lilac Blue London, seller of precious handbags, has started an advisory service.

Lilac Blue London is a boutique business which has been discreetly working for the most privileged people across the world since 2007, selling new and vintage Hermès and Chanel handbags.  In the years since then, the market has developed in an extraordinary fashion, and we have watched and advised on the trends and the annual increase in prices and financial returns on investments in the market.

To coincide with our launch of a handbag collectable’s insurance offering we are now offering a unique investment service.

Our niche business has led the resale market for years, collecting, examining and authenticating fine leather and intricately crafted pieces.  We have advised Royalty, A-list celebrities, Captains of industry and serious fashionistas on what to buy, and even more importantly, when.  Our company has helped trace fraudsters, train auction houses and has accumulated unrivalled knowledge over the past decade.

With the growing awareness of the lucrative financial potential investment in handbags and the repeated requests for information and advice, Lilac Blue London is now introducing a private consultation service.  People invest and buy handbags for a variety of different reasons.  It is in our interest for people to be happy with their purchase and this is the core of our company ethos.  So while you can search on Instagram and Google for sellers, and you may find something you really desire, it’s hard to know if it is the right bag for you.  Especially if you cannot meet the person selling it and have to buy sight unseen.  Our new services helps you buy with confidence, from whoever you choose.

Lilac Blue’s by-appointment showroom in Mayfair has a collection of new, pre-loved and vintage Hermès and Chanel bags.  Until now appointments have only been available to collectors and returning clients.  We are now expanding our service and inviting people to come and meet us to help you understand which bag is perfect for you.  As we know resellers across the world we will provide a reference, or will be able to advise if you are buying from a known and reputable seller.  While we cannot guarantee a profitable return on investment or the quality of a bag bought from another company we pride ourselves on looking after our clients and will arm you with more knowledge and confidence during a consultation than you will find elsewhere.

When you invest in a luxury investment, you should consider the following:

  • What will bring the best returns on an investment
  • What the right bag for you might be, considering: 
    • Whether you want to wear the beautiful item
    • Whether it is to sell in the next 10 years
    • Or to hand down to your children
    • Whether this will be your first purchase
  • What kind of collection you might like to build 
  • How to maintain a bag
  • Security issues
  • Storing and conditioning your investment
  • And importantly:  how much you want to spend

  Llora handbag

The Cost

The fee of £250.00 + VAT for a 45 minute consultation is redeemable against any purchase from Lilac Blue London within a 7 day period.

Up to two people may come for the appointment in person, or it can take place over Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or the telephone.

A black Birkin 30cm in togo leather

Case Study

Mr Brown wanted to buy a bag for Mrs Brown for her 40th birthday, and he wanted it to be a bag she could wear occasionally but would also keep its price. He also wanted to buy an investment piece for his daughter: a bag that would not be worn but would be kept and either worn in years to come or sold.

A rose confetti 28cm Kelly in epsom leather

Our solution: Mrs Brown received a black Birkin 30cm in classic calf leather with gold hardware.  The classic colours hold their value well, and while a 25cm may be the trendy small bag of 2020/21, in the long-term a larger bag is a better investment.

For the young Miss Brown, a baby pink Kelly bag size 28cm was the solution.  This was girly enough for Mr Brown to love giving his daughter and the right colour and size to be adored by a young girl.  Baby pink is one of the most coveted colours of the last 10 years, while size 28 is also practical enough for people to wear, so he could be confident that it will maintain its value if worn, and increase in price if carefully kept in perfect condition.

To move forward, please contact us at info@lilacblue.com.

Hermès Birkin Sizes: Yes, it matters

Hermès Birkin Sizes: Yes, it matters

The Hermès Birkin was first made in a size 35cm  The handbag was first introduced in 1984, designed by Jean-Louis Dumas at Hermès for actress Jane Birkin.  It was designed as a practical ladies holdall and had to include space for the actress’ little girl Lou’s baby bottles.  You can imagine the space needed.  The bag that Mr Dumas designed for Jane Birkin was 35 size and measured 35cm wide x 25cm high x 18cm deep.

The size 35 Birkin is ideal for:

  • A large everyday bag
  • A workbag which will hold an iPad, phone, wallet, makeup, hairbrush
  • A baby bag to hold bottles, muslin cloth and essentials
  • A practical travel bag but beware, it will only just fit under an aircraft seat

40 size: Bigger is Better

Later in the 1980’s a 40 size Birkin was created.  This one measures 40cm x 30cm x 21cm and is more of a travel bag.  When you bear in mind that the Birkin is made in thick resilient cowhide and lined in goatskin, you begin to understand the weight bag of the bag.  It’s heavy.  This 40cm has gained some popularity amongst men but for most women it’s really only usable as a travel bag, and isn’t usually an accessory to be worn every day.

The size 40 Birkin is ideal for:

  • A travel bag as long as you are travelling business class or by private plane or are happy to place the bag in an overhead locker on a flight
  • A travel bag for car journeys
  • A large gym bag
  • A work bag to hold laptop, iPad, phone wallet, makeup, hairbrush
  • A baby bag for bottles, nappy, muslin and food

Birkin 30 size: Down-sizing

The next to come along was the Birkin 30 size.  This was designed in response to complaints about the weight of the bag, and the increasing incidence of tennis elbow from carrying it!  Victoria Beckham was one of the first enthusiasts in Hollywood for the Birkin 30 size, before launching her own line of handbags.

The 30 size Birkin measures 30cm x 22cm x 16cm.  By today’s standard, when small bags are all the rage, the Birkin 30 size is still a practical bag, and mine fits everything I need.  Once I squeeze the kitchen sink in there as well it gets quite heavy, but usually, it feels reassuring present without being overbearing.

The size 30 Birkin is ideal:

  • As an everyday work bag
  • Lunching with the girlfriends
  • Shopping in Knightsbridge
  • To fit your phone, wallet, makeup, hairbrush and if you really want to squeeze it in, your iPad as well.

The even smaller Hermès Birkin size 25

The Hermes Birkin size 25 measures 25cm x 20cm x13cm.  When it first came out, it felt really small.  But most of us have become accustomed to smaller bags and now that I’ve swapped my wallets out to a small Constance purse it is occasionally manageable.  We tell our customers that the bag works well for a lunch with a girlfriend, or for an evening out.  I’m looking forward to saying that again when lockdown ends….

Beware, only small hands can fit through the handles.  And don’t try to fit too much in it, because you will stretch the leather which will misshape the bag.

The size 25 Birkin is ideal:

  • For lunches out
  • For shopping
  • For evenings out
  • It will hold your wallet, phone and makeup

 

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