Discounted Louis Vuitton bags do exist: Here's how to find one

The iconic Louis Vuitton monogram bag is more popular than ever, the price tag not so much...

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Louis Vuitton bags are timeless making them excellent investment pieces. While new Louis Vuitton bags can cost thousands, if you're a savvy shopper, you can find an original LV bag for a fraction of the price. But where - and has the brand got an outlet?

Louis Vuitton has a long-standing reputation for some of the best designer bags and the best Louis Vuitton bags are timeless heirlooms that you can pass down from generation to generation. Owned by parent company LVMH, luxury is in Louis Vuitton's DNA and the brand are constantly helping to form the latest handbag trends.

But it isn't just Louis Vuitton bags the brand is known for. One of the best French clothing brands, twice a year, at Paris Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton showcases its latest collections, giving press and VIP guests a six-month preview of its clothes, accessories, and bags. A Louis Vuitton bag could set you back an average of £2,000 plus, and surging online searches for the famous "LV" monogram bag has shown they're as popular as ever. But if you don't want to pay full price for an LV bag, you'll need to do your research.

Is there a Louis Vuitton outlet? 

There is no official Louis Vuitton outlet store that is associated with the brand. Official products are only sold through Louis Vuitton stores, the Louis Vuitton official website, and 24S - so be wary of any websites claiming to be an outlet.

 Does Louis Vuitton have sales?

Louis Vuitton never go on sale or markdown prices. If you're looking to get n LV for a smaller price tag your best bet is to look to resell websites that will have pre-loved Louis Vuitton bags.

How can I get a cheap Louis Vuitton bag? 

A Louis Vuitton bag will never be 'cheap', but you can get discounted LV bags, or lower-priced bags from reputable resellers. With the market for pre-loved handbags booming, the most timeless and recognizable designer bags will hold their worth for years to come, making them sound investments for the future. Dubbed the fastest-growing business in fashion, the resell market has been strengthened by both the ever-increasing price of new designer and luxury goods, as well as a greener mindset amongst consumers, with more people investigating how to sell clothes online and doing their bit to keep items out of landfills for longer. 

Handbag Clinic co-founder and retail director, Charlotte Staerck says, “Louis Vuitton is one of our top three bestselling brands. I think it's mostly down to its timeless aesthetic and longevity in the fashion industry. The LV Neverfull often sells within minutes of appearing on our website, and recently we sold one in just nine minutes. The LV Speedy bag is another hugely sought-after style. Made in 1930, it's still extremely popular today. Louis Vuitton bags are also highly durable - provided they have been well looked after correctly, the classic monogram and Damier styles will hold their value."

Here are Charlotte's top tips for buying a pre-loved Louis Vuitton bag:

1. Buy in the winter

The best time to snap up a Louis Vuitton bargain is between December and March. As with most high-end luxury brands, fashion houses increase the price of their handbags annually in spring. For Louis Vuitton, this is normally around 5%, but over the last few years we’ve seen as much as 17% for the best Chanel bags and others - this is due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and the increased cost of sourcing raw materials. Between December and March is a great time to snap up an LV bag, as it will increase in value on the pre-owned market post-purchase, in line with the increasing prices at fashion houses. 

2. Color effects resale value

If you're buying for investment specifically, think about the color of the leather. As an example, the LV Monogram is on vachetta leather which is designed to develop a patina over time. This slightly changes and darkens the color. So it’s important to try and avoid buying a handbag with a dark vachetta as it means it’s on its way out and considered too poor a quality to hold its value.

3. Pay attention to the handles

Louis Vuitton leather is super absorbent and the handles are the worst affected by wear and tear. The only way to correct this is by replacing the handles, which highly trained artisans can do. This costs around £150 for styles such as Speedy, Alma, and Neverfull, so it's worth bearing in mind as an extra cost when buying preowned.

The best specialist designer re-sale sites for Louis Vuitton bags

1. What Comes Around Goes Around

discounted Louis Vuitton bags on the what goes around comes around website

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The vintage dealers at What Comes Around Goes Around ship internationally from its stores in New York and Los Angeles, but go through deep research and consultation with experts on authenticating each item that's sourced. The site has become the go-to vintage dealer of a host of celebrities when passing through New York or LA from jewelry to vintage band tees. Its biggest section though, is designer handbags, where there's a host of LV favorites on offer.

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2. 1stdibs

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The online resale market 1stdibs covers everything from fashion and jewelry to fine art and furniture. More than anything else though, 1stdibs specializes in luxury offerings. Products might not be as cheap as the thrift store finds, but for collectors looking for a certain model to add to a collection or a bag in certified mint condition, 1stdibs has a ton of offerings for different options.

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3. The Handbag Clinic

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The Handbag Clinic is a luxury handbag restoration and preowned designer resale retailer. Clients can book a consultation with one of Handbag Clinic’s trusted team of dedicated experts, and they will be on hand to audit, authenticate, value, clean, restore, and sell your designer wares. With restoration at the heart of its business, customers can also sit back with the peace of mind that their beloved handbag will fetch its best possible price. The retailer has stores in Chelsea, Leeds, and Newcastle as well as three international stores. All bags go through rigorous quality control and authenticity procedure before going on sale online and in stores.

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4. Luxury Promise

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Established in London, Luxury Promise is a premium marketplace, allowing customers worldwide to buy and sell their pre-loved luxury items from the comfort of their own homes. Each item is carefully authenticated and checked by a team of expert authenticators, going through a triple quality control.

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Becky Joiner-O'Riordan

Becky Joiner-O'Riordan is a Senior Fashion Stylist & Writer. With 10 years experience in the fashion industry, she currently works across woman&home,, Woman, Woman's Own, Woman's Weekly, Chat,, and has previously worked on Harper's Bazaar, Notion and Now Magazine. 

After graduating from both the University of the Creative Arts and The Fashion Retail Academy with first-class honours she dipped her toes into the world of television styling working on This Old Thing, hosted by Dawn O’Porter and Channel 4’s live tv show series Gok Live: Stripping for Summer. 

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