By Lauren Finney | August 31, 2016 | Style & Beauty
The Perfect Purse is Southampton’s go-to boutique for luxury handbag resale.
35cm Etoupe Clemence leather Kelly bag with gold hardware ($11,500) and Etoupe leather Kelly wallet ($2,950), Hermès.
“There really isn’t another store like us,” says Alan Stolz, one half of the duo behind The Perfect Purse, Southampton’s leading destination for the resale of luxury handbags.
“We constantly hear from customers it’s like a ‘handbag museum’ in our store.” Stolz and partner Marc DeLeon are dedicated to finding the rarest, most interesting, and most exciting luxury handbags on the resale market. Some of their recent offerings include a jelly Hermès Kelly bag and an embroidered Valentino satchel.
DeLeon in particular is an expert at authenticating and predicting a bag’s resale value, which has helped the pair build a spotless reputation in the community since the boutique first opened in 2010. The shop has been so successful that they’ve recently expanded their space; much of that is due to their stock of coveted brands like Hermès and Chanel.
Rose Tyrien GM Evelyne III cross-body bag ($3,400), Orange PM Evelyne II cross-body bag ($2,850), and Thalassa Blue TPM Evelyne cross-body bag ($2,550), Hermès.
Says Stolz, “Living and working in this resort community has enabled us to meet many interesting customers, many of whom are Hermès aficionados and who love to chat about Hermès products and their experiences.” Taking that customer relationship to the next level, Stolz and DeLeon often consult a “wish book” for their clients’ preferences and wants.
“This really helps create a bond with our customers, and helps to make them even more knowledgeable,” says Stolz. “Our customers are comfortable in making these expensive purchases because they know there will be no question about its authenticity. In this business, you have nothing if you don’t have an unblemished reputation.” 27 Hampton Road, Southampton, 283-3360
photography Courtesy of the perfeCt purse