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Generations Elegance: Heirloom Pieces Worth Inheriting

Anna Schaefer
Contributing Writer.
Connoisseur of curated luxury.

Generations Elegance: Heirloom Pieces Worth Inheriting

Some styles never fade — like a fine wine, they actually get better with age. For the pieces listed below, they’ve provided it over the course of a century. 

So if you’re the type who likes a touch of rationale to her luxury (I can respect that), rest assured that these pieces are true heirloom items —  you’ll use them for a lifetime, and pass them on to your daughter. You know, if she plays her cards right. 

Hermes Kelly Bag

Originally crafted in the spirit of artisan saddlery and fine leather goods designed for the carriage trade, the Hermes Kelly Bag has been around for over a century and cherished for every moment of it. As time goes on, just the name “Kelly” seems to become more coveted. 

Chanel Flap

Whether you prefer a creamy yellow Mini Square Flap in lambskin, or fancy yourself more of a classic tweed type, the Chanel flap offers a textile, size, and color for every style and sensibility. Each color is distinct to the year it came out, so it’s pedigree remains interminably— for the educated eye, anyway. Last note: Chanel bags only go up in value, and there’s good reason to believe they always will.

Cartier Juste un Clou bracelet

While the infamous Cartier Love bracelet symbolizes a forever union with the lover who gifts it (more on that here), the Cartier Juste un Clou strikes us as both nearly opposite and equally complimentary — a bold symbol of independence that stands on its own, and that I’d proudly give my (as-of-now-theoretical) granddaughter.

Chanel Brooch

Iconic, classic, and literally beautiful with everything — a Chanel brooch does exactly what you want it to do. It adds a fragrance of Chanel to any outfit and anyone who wears it. It’s the perfect little “stow-away” gift you’d find in your grandmother’s jewelry box and a piece that will no doubt.

Hermes Scarf

If you have Hermes-level taste, but perhaps not a Hermes-level pocketbook (at the moment, anyway) a Hermes scarf is a decadent yet worthy investment that will always have a place in your closet (and any closet in your family lineage, for that matter.) I particularly enjoy how unique each one is, and the quintessential elegance they exude.

Of course, these are just the highlights — I encourage you to start curating your own heirloom collection. 

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