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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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Antique Chinese Embroidered Silk Scent Vintage Pouch Bag

Late 19th century (Qing/Ch'ing Dynasty)
HK$10,319.66

Antique Chinese Embroidered Silk Scent Red Vintage Pouch Bag

Late 19th century (Qing/Ch'ing Dynasty)
HK$8,912.43

Antique Chinese Vase Shape Embroidered Silk Scent Purse Bag

Antique Chinese Vase Shape Embroidered Silk Scent Purse Bag 19Th Century
HK$9,277.27

Antique Chinese 1800s Embroidered Silk Red Glasses Case Pouch

Antique Chinese glasses case in red embroidered silk from the 1800s.
HK$3,335.65

Chloe Turquoise Canvas Beaded Bracelet Bag

Chloé drop beaded turquoise bag
HK$2,918.69

Giorgio Armani Black Satin Vintage Evening Bag Clutch

EXCELLENT CONDITION - Used once or twice. Imperceptible signs of wear
HK$2,814.45

Gucci Vintage Black Fabric Evening Bag

Gucci fabric evening bag which can be worn as a clutch or as a shoulder bag with the gold tone chain shoulder strap
HK$1,042.39

Valentino Garavani Fringe Suede Stone Scarab Bag

Modern Valentino Garavani soft suede bag with bronze metal fittings
HK$2,658.85

Louis Vuitton Lilac Epi Leather Honfleur Shoulder Bag

Louis Vuitton Honfleur bag in lilac epi leather
HK$4,697.30 HK$6,042.84

Giuseppe Zanotti Studded Black Evening Clutch Bag

Giuseppe Zanotti black evening clutch bag covered all over on one side with silver tone studs
HK$3,776.77

Black Prada Satin Black Evening Tote Bag

Black Prada satin evening bag with floral appliqués and gold tone hardware
HK$3,978.20

Vintage Burgundy Crocodile Leather Tote Handbag

Vintage tote handbag in burgundy crocodile leather.
HK$2,814.45

Chanel 1990s Octagonal Quilted Velvet Beige Evening Bag

Chanel octagonal evening bag with gold tone quilted ball clasp, gold leather lining and gold tone chain shoulder strap
HK$18,682.44 HK$21,200.29

Casadei 1980s Gold Toned Crystal Rhinestone Top Black Satin Clutch Bag

Vintage 80's Casadei ruched black satin gold toned crystal rhinestones evening clutch bag
HK$3,676.26

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
HK$3,222.85 HK$3,676.06

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
HK$13,495.67 HK$15,308.52

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
HK$3,474.63 HK$3,978.20

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
HK$3,877.49 HK$4,431.41

Chanel Camellia Black Velvet Bijoux Train Bag

Chanel black velvet bag with a large camellia embellishment and bijoux gold tone hardware
HK$8,006.76 HK$11,682.82

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.
HK$6,496.05

Salvatore Ferragamo Round Silver Wire Woven Evening Bag

Rare runway Salvatore Ferragamo silver wire handbag in excellent condition
HK$19,954.96

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.
HK$12,407.25

Vintage 1950s Marblelized Lucite Handbag

An amazing lucite handbag from the 1950s made from marblelized lucite with a beautifully carved clear lid and handle.
HK$3,273.20

Vintage 1920s Beaded Green Flapper Bag

An amazing and collectible beaded flapper bag from the 1920s featuring an unusual rounded shape with flap cover and opulent fringes.
HK$2,870.35

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