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Vintage Designer Handbags

The perfect handbag.  An expression of very personal taste no other accessory has the ability to make such a style statement on its own.  The perfect handbag is something we buy for ourselves. It may follow your style but it is always bought for your sole enjoyment (and possibly to inspire a little envy in others!)  While we might wear clothes which might, on occasion, increase our allure, a bag is never going to be part of the attraction. We doubt an admirer would ever say: ‘she had a lovely smile, great hair and the most beautiful bag’!  But this does not diminish the importance we place on the handbags in our lives or the way we want to wear them day to day, (with or without admirers.)  Handbags in the 20th century also importantly represent a woman’s independent life outside the home. 

Over the 20th century women in the public eye have had their names inextricably linked to iconic bags.  As an expression of their style and characters, they have been part of famous photographs of these women which are still admired today for their timeless style.  Hermès is a brand which has most famously associated its creations with their wearers.  Famously, the 1930s ‘Sac à dépêches’, a popular forerunner of the vintage box bags of later decades, was worn by Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s ‘To Catch and Thief’ in 1954 and later used by the Princess to hide her baby bump, eventually rechristened the ‘Kelly’ bag in 1977.  And what bag could be better known than the bag which still stands at the very top of the luxury handbag market: The Birkin.  So named after actress Jane Birkin who, in 1983, on a flight from Paris to London bemoaned the lack of good leather weekend bags to the then Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas.  Dumas went on to adapt a 1982 bag in black leather and the Birkin was born.

However, not every vintage bag has to be a vintage designer bag.  Unknown masters of the art from the past 100 years have created handbags synonymous of their era and which not only chart the progression of vintage handbags through the century but also still maintain timeless style, elegance or charm and can be all the better for the mild patina their age has afforded them.  You can find simple form and function of the 1940s when, in post war Britain, Vogue encouraged readers to spend wisely and ‘chose large important bags and good shoes and gloves.’ Through early flap bags called ‘swing bags’ of the  1950s, patent leather and plastic creations of the 1960s, suede, applique and saddle bags of 1970s and beyond.  Vintage handbags continue to inspire current designers and, when a design is perfect, those styles never go out.  Find your perfect vintage designer bag from the Open for Vintage collection.

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Chanel Classic Flap Bag Jumbo With Gold Hardware

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bag
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, , very good
£2,740.00

Chanel Classic Flap Bag Jumbo With Gold Hardware

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bag
Gender : Female
specification : Gold, , very good
£2,895.00

Miu Miu Large Cognac Brown Shoulder Bag

Length (inches) : 11”
Height (inches) : 8”
Depth (inches) : 3”
Colour : Brown Cognac
specification : Brown Cognac, Leather, Great condition - gently used
£285.00

Chanel Wallet

Style Keyword : Handbags & Luggage
Gender : Female
specification : Black, , very good
£310.00

Chanel Wallet

Style Keyword : Handbags & Luggage
Gender : Female
specification : Black, ,
£310.00

Chanel Wallet

Style Keyword : Handbags & Luggage
Gender : Female
specification : Black, black caviar leather with gold hardware, good
£330.00

Chanel Wallet

Style Keyword : Handbags & Luggage
Colour : Beige
Gender : Female
specification : Beige, ,
£310.00

Chanel Travel Line Light Pink Jacquard Nylon Large Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Handbags & Luggage
Gender : Female
specification : Pink, Nylon, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 13 x 5.9 x 10.2 inches 33 x 15 x 26 cm
£235.00

Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessories Monogram Canvas Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bag
Gender : Female
specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 8.3 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches 21 x 13 x 3 cm
£235.00

Chanel Travel Line Black x White Nylon Waterproof Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Handbags & Luggage
Gender : Female
specification : Black, Nylon, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 11.5 x 7.9 x 5.9 inches 29.2 x 20 x 15 cm
£285.00

Vintage Chanel 9" Black quilted Curved Flap Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bag
Gender : Female
specification : Black, Lambskin Leather, Overall: 8 of 10 Excellent pre owned condition with light signs of use.
Size : 9 x 3 x 6 inches 22.9 x 7.6 x 15.2 cm
£1,800.00

Louis Vuitton Besace Mary Kate Khaki Mini Monogram Canvas Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bag
Gender : Female
specification : Green, Mini Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 11 x 3.3 x 10.8 inches 28 x 8.5 x 27.5 cm
£285.00

Louis Vuitton Sac Plat Tanger Brown Mini Lin Monogram Canvas Tote Handbag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags
Gender : Female
specification : Brown, Mini Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 13.8 x 15.4 x 0 inches 35 x 39 x 0 cm
£345.00

Vintage Chanel Jumbo XL Black Leather Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Trousers
Gender : Female
specification : Black, Lambskin Leather, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 16.1 x 12.2 x 4.5 inches 41 x 31 x 11.5 cm
£1,100.00

Chanel Brown Mutton Shoulder Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bag
Gender : Female
specification : Brown, Mutton, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 11.8 x 3.5 x 7.1 inches 30 x 9 x 18 cm
£315.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Sac Depaule PM Red Epi Leather Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bag
Gender : Female
specification : Red, Epi Leather, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 10.2 x 11.2 x 5.7 inches 26 x 28.5 x 14.5 cm
£395.00

Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 Monogram Canvas City Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags
Gender : Female
specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some visible signs of use.
Size : 9.8 x 7.5 x 5.9 inches 25 x 19 x 15 cm
£300.00

Louis Vuitton Papillon 30 Monogram Canvas Hand Bag + Pouch

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bag
Gender : Female
specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 11.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches 30 x 15 x 15 cm
£395.00

Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessories Red Epi Leather Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bag
Gender : Female
specification : Red, Epi Leather, Overall: 7 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some visible signs of use.
Size : 9.4 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches 24 x 13 x 3 cm
£285.00

Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Monogram Canvas City Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags
Gender : Female
specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 11.8 x 8.3 x 6.7 inches 30 x 21 x 17 cm
£380.00

Louis Vuitton Pochette Marly Bandouliere Monogram Canvas Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags
Gender : Female
specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 8.7 x 4.7 x 1.6 inches 22 x 12 x 4 cm
£285.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Pochette Marly Bandouliere Monogram Canvas Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags
Gender : Female
specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some visible signs of use.
Size : 8.7 x 4.7 x 1.6 inches 22 x 12 x 4 cm
£345.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Mini Speedy Sac HL Monogram Canvas Hand Bag + Strap

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags
Gender : Female
specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some visible signs of use.
Size : 5.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 15 x 10 x 7 cm
£395.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 Monogram Canvas City Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags
Gender : Female
specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Size : 9.8 x 7.5 x 5.9 inches 25 x 19 x 15 cm
£315.00

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