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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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Vintage Chanel Bucket Beige Leather Medium Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Nude & Neutrals ,Gender : Female ,specification : Nude & Neutrals, , ,Size : 8.3 x 10.2 x 6.3 inches 21 x 26 x 16 cm ,
£760.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Lussac Green Epi Leather Large Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Green ,Gender : Female ,specification : Green, , ,Size : 15 x 11.8 x 4.7 inches 38 x 30 x 12 cm ,
£490.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Saint Jacques GM Red Epi Leather Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, , ,Size : 17.3 x 11.8 x 6.7 inches 44 x 30 x 17 cm ,
£490.00

Louis Vuitton Bellevue PM Purple Violet Vernis Leather Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Purple ,Gender : Female ,specification : Purple, , ,Size : 15 x 7.1 x 9.1 inches 38 x 18 x 23 cm ,
£540.00

Chanel Green Caviar Leather Large Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Green ,Gender : Female ,specification : Green, , ,Size : 13.4 x 10.2 x 5.5 inches 34 x 26 x 14 cm ,
£1,050.00

Louis Vuitton Josephine GM Khaki Mini Monogram Canvas Hand Bag + Strap

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Green ,Gender : Female ,specification : Green, , ,Size : 13.8 x 9.1 x 7.1 inches 35 x 23 x 18 cm ,
£405.00

Chanel Beige Quilted Canvas Tote Shoulder Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Nude & Neutrals ,Gender : Female ,specification : Nude & Neutrals, , ,Size : 11 x 9.8 x 3.9 inches 28 x 25 x 10 cm ,
£825.00

Louis Vuitton Slightly Gray Gris Monogram Denim Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Grey ,Gender : Female ,specification : Grey, , ,Size : 13.8 x 9.8 x 3.1 inches 35 x 25 x 8 cm ,
£455.00

Louis Vuitton Charms Lines Vinyl x Dark Brown Leather Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : 10.2 x 7.9 x 5.5 inches 26 x 20 x 14 cm ,
£710.00

Louis Vuitton Steve Dark Brown Monogram Glace Leather Document Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : 15 x 3.1 x 13 inches 38 x 8 x 33 cm ,
£465.00

Louis Vuitton Byushi Black Epi Leather Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : 8.3 x 6.7 x 3.3 inches 21 x 17 x 8.5 cm ,
£465.00

Vintage Chanel 7" Black Quilted Leather Tassel Pochette Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : 7.1 x 5.1 x 2.8 inches 18 x 13 x 7 cm ,
£1,595.00

Black Quilted Coated Canvas Convertible Backpack

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£1,999.00

Brick Brown Quilted Lambskin Small Urban Spirit Backpack

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£2,999.00

Saint Laurent Musical Note Print Backpack Bag Pre-Owned Used

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Yves Saint Laurent ,Colour : Monochrome ,Gender : Female ,specification : Monochrome, , ,
£345.00

RARE Gucci Black Canvas Sling Backpack Bag

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Gucci ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£1,470.99

Hermes Red Rouge Chèvre Leather 35cm Kelly Bag with Strap

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, , ,
£10,451.75

ME Whiting & Davis 1970s Vintage Gold Tone Mesh Evening Bag

Style Keyword : Clutches ,Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > WHITING & DAVIS ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, , ,
£95.00

FENDI Zucca SV Metal Canvas Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Fendi ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£325.00

GUCCI Bamboo Suede Leather Mini Backpack

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Gucci ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£345.00

GUCCI Python Bamboo Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Gucci ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£765.00

Louis Vuitton Musette Salsa Short Strap Monogram Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON PARIS ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : H 9.8 in. x W 7.4 in. x D 2.3 in. ,
£348.39

Louis Vuitton Eva Ebene Damier Canvas Shoulder Bag Handbag Gold

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON PARIS ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, , ,Size : H 4.7 in. x W 7.8 in. x D 1.3 in. ,
£696.01

Chanel Diana Chain Flap Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilted Lamb

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : H 6.3 in. x W 9.5 in. x D 2.8 in. ,
£1,625.05

Chanel Diana Chain Flap Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilted Lamb

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : H 6.1 in. x W 9.6 in. x D 2.6 in. ,
£1,625.05

Chanel Caviar Orange Jumbo Large Chain Shoulder Bag Zip Gold

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Orange ,Gender : Female ,specification : Orange, , ,Size : H 11.6 in. x W 15.7 in. x D 6.7 in. ,
£1,160.53

Chanel Jumbo 13" Maxi 2.55 Chain Flap Shoulder Bag Lambskin Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,Size : H 8.7 in. x W 13.3 in. x D 3.8 in. ,
£2,012.15

Louis Vuitton Black Canvas Monogram Multicolor Card Holder GHW

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£415.00

Chanel Blue Lambskin Leather Circa 1985 Shoulder Bag GHW

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Blue ,Gender : Female ,specification : Blue, , ,
£1,555.00

Tan Fendi Leopard Canvas Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Fendi ,Style : Revival ,Colour : Nude & Neutrals ,Gender : Female ,specification : Nude & Neutrals, , ,
£425.00

Red Yves Saint Laurent Leather Belle du Jour Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches ,Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Yves Saint Laurent ,Style : Revival ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, , ,
£645.00

Pink Yves Saint Laurent Monogram Kate Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches ,Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Yves Saint Laurent ,Style : Revival ,Colour : Pink ,Gender : Female ,specification : Pink, , ,
£875.00

Brown Louis Vuitton Monogram Keepall 55 Bag

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Style : Revival ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£845.00

1950s Bellestones Black Alligator Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > BELLESTONES ,Length (inches) : 10.5 ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£308.91

40s Espresso Alligator Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > NA ,Length (inches) : 9.5 ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, , ,
£383.23

1950s Black Lizard Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > NA ,Length (inches) : 10.5 ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£348.39

40s Brown Alligator Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > NA ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£308.91

1950s Black Alligator Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > NA ,Length (inches) : 12 ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£305.81

Louis Vuitton Tiroli Pm

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, , ,
£660.00

Chanel Vintage Black Leather Backpack

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£1,602.16

Yves Saint Laurent Crocodile Pattern Logo Charm Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Yves Saint Laurent ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£360.00

Chanel Round CC Mark Plate Backpack with Pouch Gold

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, , ,
£3,385.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Turn-lock Backpack with Pouch Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£2,620.00

Chanel Caviar Skin 6 CC Mark Stitch Backpack with Pouch Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£3,385.00

Chanel Square Turn-lock Backpack Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£2,775.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Turn-lock Backpack with Pouch Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£3,055.00

Chanel 6 CC Mark Plate Backpack with Pouch Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£4,065.00

Chanel Patent Square CC Turn-lock Backpack Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£2,300.00

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