Lunar New Year couldn’t come at a better time.
We’re all ready for a fresh start, complete with beautiful, bold, inventive colors and a healthy dose of good luck in 2021.
And while I absolutely adore the new “Year of the Ox” pieces that fashion houses have debuted in recent weeks (who wouldn’t?), I also love pieces that age well over time, carry unique sentimental value, or translate into lots of celebratory occasions.
Of course, timeless can mean so many things: investing in a zodiac piece that’s likely to become a collector’s item is certainly one. As are pieces that take a more symbolic approach: anything in rich red textiles and a wealth of gold hardware. Timeless could also mean sentimental value that only you can define: a piece that represents the zodiac animal of your birth year, for example.
If you’re excited to invest in a new piece (or two) in honor of Lunar New Year, but want to make sure it’ll remain a good choice in the future, this is for you.
Limited edition release: Louis Vuitton
The first collection that comes to mind is Louis Vuitton’s most recent release honoring the Year of the Ox, which features elegant combinations of ox-inspired key charms and silk bandeaus. To no surprise, these pieces are going fast! Bonus: the house released a “Red Envelope” for the Year of the Rooster. Leave it to Louis Vuitton to come out with the best New Year accessories.
Another collection, worthy of a spotlight is the Denim Monogram Patchwork collection. Whether it’s the beach pouch, or their iconic reversible belt (or you know, both), this limited edition release delivers the perfect dose of playfulness.
Of course, there are quite a few gorgeous LV pieces that embody the spirit of abundance. The brand’s Monogram Double V satchels with gold hardware, for instance. Or their gorgeous Empreinte Vavin BB bags — an equally suitable and stunning piece for this occasion and more.
Collector’s item: Gucci’s Mickey Mouse collection
In honor of the year of the rat in 2020, Gucci released the wildly-popular Mickey Mouse collection, in partnership with Disney. For many, this collection represents the perfect combination of their favorite fantasy (and perhaps a simpler, sweeter time) with their more mature and equally enduring love of Gucci.
Given the legacy of both Gucci and Disney, these pieces are likely to only get more valuable with time.
Peekaboo comparables: a range of Fendi in Red
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable (and available!) than the new Peekaboo Iconic Mini from Fendi’s 2021 release, you’ve got options.
Might I suggest the adorable Karligraphy Camera Case, these gorgeous envelope wallets on chain in bright festive colors, or— if you’re really craving the tote-style — the Vitello Glacier totes (Note: given the Fendi capsule collection this year and that price tag, it will go fast.)
Other lucky red + wealth-bringing gold pieces
Additional timeless pieces that embody the spirit of the season and will definitely catch eyes at any sort of rendezvous, the Hermes Kelly in red is always a strong contender, as is the Gucci Marmont Shoulder Bag.
And last but certainly not least, there are the more whimsical options — which I’m personally a huge fan of. These floral print pieces from Dolce & Gabbana feel reminiscent of traditional floral patterns, with a beautiful touch of red paired with shiny gold hardware.