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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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Brown Calfskin Leather Double Baudrier Saddle Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Christian Dior ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£1,400.00

Brown Classic Monogram Canvas Petit Noé

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£799.00

Red Quilted Calfskin Leather 2.55 Reissue 224 Double Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, , ,
£3,399.00 £3,560.00

Olive Green Monogram Patent Leather Mini Saddle Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Christian Dior ,Colour : Green ,Gender : Female ,specification : Green, , ,
£1,599.00

Black Quilted Vinyl Chain Around Vintage Maxi Jumbo XL Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£6,999.00

Silver Monogram Miroir Vinyl Lockit

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Silver ,Gender : Female ,specification : Silver, , ,
£1,799.00

Silver Monogram Miroir Vinyl Speedy 35

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Silver ,Gender : Female ,specification : Silver, , ,
£2,499.00

Silver Monogram Miroir Vinyl Alma GM

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Silver ,Gender : Female ,specification : Silver, , ,
£2,499.00

White Monogram Transparence Nylon & Calfskin Leather Lockit Clutch

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : White ,Gender : Female ,specification : White, , ,
£999.00

White Monogram Transparence Nylon & Calfskin Leather Lockit

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : White ,Gender : Female ,specification : White, , ,
£2,199.00

Red Vernis Leather Dots Infinity Yayoi Kusama Papillon 30

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, , ,
£1,499.00

Black Vernis Leather Dots Infinity Yayoi Kusama Pochette Accessories

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£649.00

Black Vernis Leather Dots Infinity Yayoi Kusama Lockit MM

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£2,499.00

Chocolate Brown Shiny Porosus Crocodile Leather Birkin 35cm

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£31,999.00

Blue Saphir Shiny Porosus Crocodile Leather Birkin 35cm

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes ,Colour : Blue ,Gender : Female ,specification : Blue, , ,
£37,999.00

Barenia Leather & Beige Canvas Blue Flag Birkin 50cm HAC

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes ,Colour : Multi ,Gender : Female ,specification : Multi, , ,
£13,999.00

Lime Canvas & Toffee Negonda Leather Garden Party 30cm

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Hermes ,Colour : Multi ,Gender : Female ,specification : Multi, , ,
£1,299.00

Blue Quilted Lambskin & Galuchat Stingray 2.55 Reissue 224 Single Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Blue ,Gender : Female ,specification : Blue, , ,
£3,799.00

Bronze Metallic Chevre Leather Constance 18

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Hermes ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£24,999.00

Blue De Prusse Evercolour Leather & Geranium Toile Petit H PM Skeleton Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Hermes ,Colour : Blue ,Gender : Female ,specification : Blue, , ,
£3,999.00

Kiwi & Lichen Epsom Leather Candy Collection Birkin 35

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes ,Colour : Green ,Gender : Female ,specification : Green, , ,
£10,999.00

Black Quilted Hand Painted Tweed Medium Westminster Pearl Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£2,999.00

Red Shiny Mississippiensis Alligator Leather Jumbo Classic Double Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,specification : Red, , ,
£19,999.00

Beige Quilted PVC 'Lips & Kisses' Vintage Maxi Jumbo XL Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Nude & Neutrals ,Gender : Female ,specification : Nude & Neutrals, , ,
£3,499.00

Black Togo Leather Birkin 35cm

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£8,999.00

Grey Quilted Calfskin Leather XL Le Boy Reverso

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Grey ,Gender : Female ,specification : Grey, , ,
£2,799.00

Black Calfskin Leather Saddle Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Christian Dior ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£1,799.00

Black Lambskin Vintage Jumbo XL Timeless Shopping Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£1,799.00

Taupe Quilted Patent & Lambskin Leather Accordion Single Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£2,299.00

Black Mesh Fabric Crossbody Saddle Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Christian Dior ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£1,299.00

Black Calfskin Leather Saddle Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Christian Dior ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£1,999.00

Brown Quilted Lambskin Vintage Jumbo XL Soft Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£2,799.00

Brown Monogram Canvas Saddle Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Christian Dior ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,
£1,899.00

Louis Vuitton Trouville Monogram Canvas Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : 11.8 x 4.5 x 9.3 inches 30 x 11.5 x 23.5 cm ,
£400.00

Louis Vuitton Pochette Twin PM Monogram Canvas Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : 7.5 x 1.6 x 3.5 inches 19 x 4 x 9 cm ,
£350.00

Louis Vuitton Alma Monogram Canvas Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : 12.6 x 6.3 x 9.4 inches 32 x 16 x 23.9 cm ,
£470.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Reporter GM Monogram Canvas Messenger Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : 15 x 5.9 x 10.6 inches 38 x 15 x 27 cm ,
£370.00

Fendi Forever Mama Brown Zucchino Vinyl Coated Canvas Flap Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Fendi ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : 11 x 4.7 x 7.7 inches 28 x 12 x 19.5 cm ,
£370.00

Vintage Gucci Accessory Collection Beige GG Canvas Shoulder Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Gucci ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : 13 x 3.5 x 14.2 inches 33 x 9 x 36 cm ,
£420.00

Louis Vuitton Luco Monogram Cavas Large Tote Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : 15.9 x 4.1 x 12 inches 40.5 x 10.5 x 30.5 cm ,
£485.00

Gucci Beige GGCanvas & Brown Leather Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Gucci ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : 17.5 x 5.5 x 11.8 inches 44.5 x 14 x 30 cm ,
£385.00

Louis Vuitton Alexei Brown Taiga Leather Messenger Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : 14.2 x 4.5 x 10.6 inches 36 x 11.5 x 27 cm ,
£670.00

Gucci Horsebit Fuchsia Pink GG Canvas & Red Leather Shoulder Clutch Bag

Style Keyword : Clutches ,Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Gucci ,Colour : Pink ,Gender : Female ,specification : Pink, , ,Size : 10.2 x 1.2 x 5.3 inches 26 x 3 x 13.5 cm ,
£335.00

Chanel Suede CC Mark Stitch Fringe Clutch Bag Turquoise Green

Style Keyword : Clutches ,Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Blue ,Gender : Female ,specification : Blue, , ,
£750.00

Chanel CC Mark Stitch Fringe Metal Clasp Waist Bag Champagne Gold

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, , ,
£2,690.00

Chanel Denim Turn-lock Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,specification : Black, , ,
£4,715.00

Chanel Caviar 6 cc Mark Plate Totebag Beige

Style Keyword : Tote Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Nude & Neutrals ,Gender : Female ,specification : Nude & Neutrals, , ,
£1,345.00

Chanel Matelasse Plate Mini Handbag Gold

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags ,Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,specification : Gold, , ,
£4,040.00

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