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Vintage Designer Evening Bags

As the sun goes down, the anticipation builds for the evening ahead and that outfit you’ve been day dreaming about all day. Whether you’ve had a hurried outfit change or a leisurely preparation, after a final spritz of scent, the last crucial component to grab as you leave is your evening bag.  These pockets of perfection give us the freedom to express ourselves without making the long term style commitment of our daily tote.  From dazzling detail to intense pops of colour, shopping for that perfect bag is like hunting for your favourite treat in a sweet shop. 

In the late 18th century when detachable pockets hidden in the folds of skirts became impossible with the new fashion for light muslin dresses with drastically narrowed willowy silhouettes, the carrying of a small external bag became essential.  Over the past 200 years, though there might be less call for smelling salts and fans and more need for phone space and your perfect lipstick, the spirit of these receptacles of elegant essentials has changed very little.  From the 19th century to the contemporary, diminutive evening bags can pack an impressive style punch.  Designers and craftspeople have used them to showcase techniques to dazzling effect. From the fabulously moulded or jewelled clicking clasp to fiendishly detailed bead purse, metallic tones like pewter to the simplicity of an achingly elegant shape.  Whether dangling from your wrist or tucked nonchalantly from one arm, you know you want your vintage evening bag to get noticed. 

Vogue wrote in 1920: ‘Sometimes an evening bag looks for all the world like a bunch of violets, but its stems pull apart and leave just enough room for a bit of rouge and powder and a handkerchief like a cobweb.’ Just for the night, evening bags have never needed to fit within the constructs of other bags.  They have no anatomical necessity other than some way to hold them. They can take any shape or form and there is no need for them to be practical or durable. From a simple black silk pocket, to Lulu Guinness Lips to a real fish bowl, we have seen them in every form.  The 20th century has been a period of material innovation with new plastics like bakelite, lucite in the 1930s extending the possibilities of creation for designers.  Today, designer evening bags take more than a little inspiration from vintage evening bags.  Take a look at the Open for Vintage evening bag collection and find your original piece.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Suede Vara Ribbon Navy Blue 3 Way Bag

Ferragamo navy blue suede bag which can be worn as a clutch, on a belt or shoulder with a Vara ribbon detail with gold tone buckle and chain shoulder strap
31,706.54 (INR)

Chanel 1980s Quilted Navy Blue Silk Shoulder Bag

Chanel navy blue silk quilted shoulder bag with large CC mark, tassel side and gold tone hardware including a chain shoulder strap
137,817.75 (INR)

Salvatore Ferragamo Oversized Vara Ribbon Black Mini Shoulder Bag

Ferragamo mini black leather shoulder bag with leather shoulder strap and oversized Vara ribbon front with gold tone buckle and hardware
34,243.06 (INR)

Chanel Quilted Satin Clip Top Black Evening Bag

Chanel quilted black satin evening bag with gold tone clip top and chain shoulder strap
125,557.89 (INR)

Chanel 1990s Quilted Gold Leather Rhinestone CC Mark Clutch Bag

Chanel linear cross over quilting gold leather clutch bag with gold tone CC rhinestone clasp and gold tone shoulder strap
169,524.29 (INR)

Salvatore Ferragamo Gold Leather Gancini Clasp Mini Shoulder Bag

Ferragamo gold leather clutch of shoulder bag with gold tone hardware including a chain shoulder strap and folding Gancini clasp
38,047.85 (INR)

Chanel Camellia Black Velvet Bijoux Train Bag

Chanel black velvet bag with a large camellia embellishment and bijoux gold tone hardware
70,177.14 (INR)

Emilio Pucci Large 1960s to 1970s Vintage Clutch Bag

Emilio Pucci evening bag from the 1960s or 1970s in black silk with gold tone hardware.
54,112.49 (INR)

Judith Leiber 1980s Green Lizard Vintage Clutch Bag

Vintage Judith Leiber lizard leather clutch in excellent condition with gold tone hardware.
55,380.75 (INR)

Salvatore Ferragamo Round Silver Wire Woven Evening Bag

Rare runway Salvatore Ferragamo silver wire handbag in excellent condition
188,548.21 (INR)

Judith Leiber Gold Leather and Swarovski Crystal Two-tier Evening Bag

Judith Leiber late 20th century gold leather clear Swarovski crystal leather evening bag in excellent condition with gold corded shoulder strap.
117,102.81 (INR)

Judith Leiber 1980s Swarovski Crystal Butterfly Minaudiere Evening Bag

Judith Leiber swarovski crystal butterfly minaudiere in very good vintage condition with gold tone hardware.
169,101.54 (INR)

Judith Leiber 1990s Swarovski Crystal Gold Owl Head Minaudiere Evening Bag

Rare Judith Leiber owl head minaudiere in excellent vintage condition.
201,653.58 (INR)

Judith Leiber 1980s White Lizard Leather Vintage Clutch Bag

Vintage Judith Leiber white lizard clutch in very good condition with gold tone hardware set with rose quartz.
55,380.75 (INR)

Judith Leiber 1980s Red Lizard Leather Vintage Clutch Bag

Judith Leiber red lizard leather clutch in excellent vintage condition with gold tone hardware
55,380.75 (INR)

Judith Leiber 1980s Maroon Rose Snakeskin Vintage Clutch Bag

Judith Leiber Maroon snakeskin clutch in very good vintage condition with gold tone hardware.
49,039.45 (INR)

Judith Leiber 1990s Gold Filigree Swarovski Crystal Box Minaudiere Evening Bag

Judith Leiber vintage gold box minaudiere in very good vintage condition.
201,653.58 (INR)

Judith Leiber 1990s Gold and Swarovski Crystal Cat Minaudiere Evening Bag

Judith Leiber cat minaudiere in excellent condition
201,653.58 (INR)

Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Multicoloured Lions Head Minaudiere Evening Bag

Judith Leiber late 20th century Swarovski crystal lion's head minaudiere in excellent condition with gold leather lining.
266,757.67 (INR)

Judith Leiber Sitting Duck Black Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Evening Bag

Judith Leiber late 20th century Swarovski crystal sitting duck minaudiere in excellent vintage condition.
188,548.21 (INR)

Judith Leiber Gold and Swarovski Crystal Teddy Bear Minaudiere Evening Bag

Judith Leiber late 20th century Swarovski crystal & gold teddy bear minaudiere in excellent condition.
188,548.21 (INR)

Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Floral Black Box Minaudiere Evening Bag

Judith Leiber Swarovski crystal floral box minaudiere in excellent condition with gold tone hardware
194,889.52 (INR)

Judith Leiber Pink Swarovksi Crystal Butterfly Minaudiere Evening Bag

Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal butterfly minaudiere in excellent condition
201,653.58 (INR)

Judith Leiber 1990s Gold Swarovski Crystal Sitting Duck Minaudiere Evening Bag

Judith Leiber sitting duck minaudiere in very good vintage condition
128,517.17 (INR)

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