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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 Caviar Skin Matelasse Plate Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , Used ,
£2,345.00

Chanel CC Mark Print Classic Flap Chain Bag Maxi Pink

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Colour : Pink ,Gender : Female ,specification : Pink, , Used ,
£3,455.00

Chanel V Flap CC Mark Stitch Chain Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , Used ,
£1,655.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Matelasse Plate Logo Charm Totebag Black

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , Used ,
£1,795.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Turn-lock Logo Charm Tote Bag Black

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , Used ,
£1,515.00

Gucci GG Pattern Logo Plate Shoulder Bag Navy

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Colour : Navy ,Gender : Female ,specification : Navy, , Used ,
£555.00

Chanel Box CC Mark Charm Shoulder Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , Used ,
£1,650.00

Chanel Full Flap Chain Bag 23cm Beige

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Colour : Beige ,Gender : Female ,specification : Beige, , Used ,
£1,860.00

Bottega Veneta Lizard Pattern Intrecciato Shoulder Bag Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, , Used ,
£250.00

Gucci GG Pattern Logo Web Detailed Tote Bag with Pouch Brown

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , Used ,
£230.00

Louis Vuitton Canvas Monogram Mini Montsouris Brown

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , Used ,
£895.00

Judith Leiber Tan and Gold Faux Snakeskin Python Crystal Buckle Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches ,Colour : Tan ,Gender : Female ,specification : Tan, Gold, Excellent. ,
£1,828.30

Judith Leiber Gold and Natural Gray Ring Lizard Clutch

Style Keyword : Rings ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, Gold, Excellent. ,
£1,371.22

Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Bulldog Minaudiere Evening Bag

Style Keyword : Clutches ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , Excellent. ,
£2,742.45

Judith Leiber Beige Lizard Leather Vintage Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches ,Colour : Beige ,Gender : Female ,specification : Beige, Leather, Excellent. ,
£1,142.69

Hermes Dark Brown Kelly Ado Vache Leather Mini Backpack Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, Leather, Good. ,
£2,361.55

RARE Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Monkey Head Minaudiere Evening Bag

Style Keyword : Clutches ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , Excellent. ,
£2,742.45

Vintage Chanel Black Quilted Leather Shoulder Flap Mini Bag Ex

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, Lambskin Leather, Overall: 8 of 10 Excellent pre owned condition with light signs of use. ,Size : 7.5 x 3.9 x 2.4 inches 19 x 10 x 6 cm ,
£1,675.00

Vintage Chanel 8" Flap Red Quilted Leather Shoulder Mini Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, Lambskin Leather, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use. ,Size : 8 x 2.6 x 15 inches 20.3 x 6.6 x 38.1 cm ,
£1,970.00

Vintage Chanel Jumbo XL Black Leather Shoulder Shopping Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, Lambskin Leather, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use. ,Size : 16.1 x 4.5 x 12.2 inches 41 x 11.5 x 31 cm ,
£1,155.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Keepall 55 Bandouliere Monogram Canvas Duffel Travel Bag + Strap

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 7 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some visible signs of use. ,Size : 21.7 x 9.4 x 12.2 inches 55 x 24 x 31 cm ,
£505.00

Louis Vuitton Portefeuille Koala White Damier Azur Canvas Wallet

Style Keyword : Wallets ,Colour : White ,Gender : Female ,specification : White, Damier Canvas, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use. ,Size : 4.9 x 0.8 x 3.9 inches 12.5 x 2 x 10 cm ,
£335.00

Louis Vuitton Sarah Groom Orange Monogram Canvas Wallet

Style Keyword : Wallets ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 8 of 10 Excellent pre owned condition with light signs of use. ,Size : 7.5 x 1.2 x 4.1 inches 19 x 3 x 10.5 cm ,
£370.00

Louis Vuitton Porte Monnaie Monogram Groom Canvas Round Coin Case - Limited

Style Keyword : Wallets ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, Monogram Canvas, Overall: 8.5 of 10 Excellent pre owned condition with very light signs of use. ,Size : 3.5 x 0.6 x 3.7 inches 9 x 1.5 x 9.5 cm ,
£370.00

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