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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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1930s Black Silk Embroidered Evening Clutch Bag

1930s Black Silk Embroidered Evening Clutch
CHF 329.97

Giorgio Armani Black Satin Vintage Evening Bag Clutch

EXCELLENT CONDITION - Used once or twice. Imperceptible signs of wear
CHF 482.15

Valentino Garavani Fringe Suede Stone Scarab Bag

Modern Valentino Garavani soft suede bag with bronze metal fittings
CHF 427.03

Giuseppe Zanotti Studded Black Evening Clutch Bag

Giuseppe Zanotti black evening clutch bag covered all over on one side with silver tone studs
CHF 478.79

Black Prada Satin Black Evening Tote Bag

Black Prada satin evening bag with floral appliqués and gold tone hardware
CHF 504.67

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
CHF 472.32 CHF 511.14

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
CHF 524.08 CHF 569.37

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.
CHF 685.83

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.
CHF 1 741.17

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.
CHF 362.33

Paco Rabanne 1960s Metal Disc Black Vintage Shoulder Bag

A rare and stunning Paco Rabanne metal disc bag from the 1960s, entirely made of black discs with a gold-tone metal closure.
CHF 944.63

Vintage 1960s Beaded and Floral Embroidered Satin White Evening Bag

A white satin evening bag embroidered with pink and blue flowers on green stems
CHF 77.64

Vintage 1950s Black Beaded Evening Bag

A black bugle and round bead triangular pattern beaded evening bag with a scalloped detail top and gold tone frame
CHF 122.93

Vintage 1950s Gold Beaded Evening Bag

This is a beautifully beaded evening bag with a gold tone clip frame and a gold satin lining
CHF 116.46

Vintage 1940s Amber Coloured Lucite Box Evening Bag

This is the most beautiful Lucite box handbag with a figure of eight link chain handle
CHF 252.33

Chanel Silver Metallic Quilted Leather Fringed Mini Vintage Shoulder Bag

Authentic Chanel mini shoulder flap shoulder bag in silver metallic quilted leather.
CHF 1 837.51

Louis Vuitton Pochette Orange Epi Leather Bag

Authentic Louis Vuitton Pochette accessories in epi leather with alkantra lining on the inside
CHF 265.27

Chanel Ice Cube Clear and Silver Tone Vintage Clutch Bag

Chanel clear perspex ice or jelly cube style bag with solver tone hardware including a chain shoulder strap.
CHF 4 419.08

Vintage Gold Tone miniauderie Satchel evening Bag

Vintage Gold Tone miniauderie Satchel evening Bag
CHF 269.16

Fendi 1990s Beaded Bronze Vintage Baguette Bag

Classic Fendi Baguette Bag in Bronze brown beads with a red glitter resin insert clasp and crocodile leather trim
CHF 841.11

Zardozi 1930s/1940s embroidered peacock motif black velvet vintage bag

Beautiful peacock design Zardozi embroidered and gemmed black velvet evening bag from the late 1930s or early 1940s.
CHF 297.62

Vintage 1920s Art Deco Gazelle Tapestry Evening Bag

Art Deco tapestry evening bag with mother of pearl inlay.
CHF 194.10

Antique Art Nouveau floral frame black vintage handbag

Ravishing Art Nouveau black fabric cut-out floral gold frame top-handle handbag from the early 20th century.
CHF 446.44

Salvatore Ferragamo Leather Vara Ribbon Black Vintage 3WAY Bag

Salvatore Ferragamo black leather bag with oversized classic Vara ribbon flap and gold tone chain shoulder strap and hardware
CHF 524.08 CHF 543.49

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