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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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Louis Vuitton Taimyr Black Taiga Leather Messenger Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M,L
£775.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Saumur 30 Monogram Canvas Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M,L
£380.00

Louis Vuitton Taimyr Brown Taiga Leather x Green Messenger Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M,L
£475.00

Louis Vuitton Bucket PM Black Epi Leather Shoulder Bag-Special Order

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M,L
£475.00

Louis Vuitton Randonee PM Monogram Canvas Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M,L
£430.00

Louis Vuitton Kendall PM Burgundy Taiga Leather Travel Bag + Strap

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Label 5 : Just In ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Red, , ,Size : L ,
£500.00

Chanel Caviar Leather Diana Flap Chain Bag 28cm Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£2,970.00

Chanel Diana Flap Chain Bag 23cm Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£2,165.00

Chanel Design Flap Big CC Mark Plate Chain Bag Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : L
£1,855.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Logo Charm Drawstring Backpack Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Label 5 : Just In ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Black ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Black, , ,Size : L ,
£2,475.00

Loewe Barcelona Handbag Pastel Yellow

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > LOEWE Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Yellow Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Yellow, ,
£560.00

Chanel Suede Classic Flap Chain Bag Mini Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : S
£2,220.00

Chanel Diamond CC Mark Stitch Multi Charm Shoulder Bag Blue

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gemstone : Diamond Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
£1,855.00

Chanel Velour Double CC Turn-lock Mini Backpack Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Label 5 : Just In ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Black ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Black, , ,Size : S ,
£3,710.00

Chanel Straight Flap Turn-lock Chain Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,915.00

Chanel Matelasse Stitch Mini CC Mark Charm Tote Bag Black

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£1,855.00

Chanel Logo Embroidered Tote Bag Black

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£800.00

Chanel Brown Leather Gold Toned "CC" Bucket Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, ,
£2,016.09

Chanel White Caviar Leather Drawstring Shoulder Bucket Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, ,
£1,770.46

Chanel Black Lambskin Leather Gold Toned "CC" Bucket Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£2,057.56

Givenchy - New - Cross3 Crossbody Pink + Cream Leather Suede Small Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Givenchy Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Pink Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : S
£545.00

Valentino Rockstud Spike Crossbody Medium Handbag Black Stud Chain Strap Bag Pre-Owned Used

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Earring Type : Stud Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > VALENTINO Label 5 : Just In Colour : Black Material: Leather Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black Material: Leather, , Size : M
£1,090.00

Christian Dior Rare Denim Saddle Bag Vintage Blue Tan Silver Cd Logo Strap Pre-Owned Used

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Christian Dior Label 5 : Just In Metal : Silver Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : S
£470.00

Chanel Jumbo Red Chevron Flap Bag 2015 Quilted Gold Charm Cc Pre-Owned Used

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : L
£2,180.00

Bottega Veneta Velvet & Leather Black Woven Frame Bag Intrecciato Knot Clutch Pre-Owned Used

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Bottega Veneta Label 5 : Just In Colour : Black Material: Leather - Velvet Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black Material: Leather - Velvet, , Size : S
£470.00

YSL Monogram Envelope Chain Wallet

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > NA Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£1,350.00

GUCCI GG Canvas Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Gucci Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, ,
£500.00

Chanel Caviar Silver Medallion Shoulder Bag Leather Black Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Metal : Silver Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Silver, , Size : M
£1,035.96

Chanel Caviar Silver Medallion Shoulder Bag Leather Black Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Metal : Silver Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Silver, , Size : M
£956.21

Chanel Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,354.96

Chanel 2.55 Double Flap 9" Chain Shoulder Bag Black Quilted Lamb

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,833.46

Chanel Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Lambskin

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,434.71

Chanel Chain Shoulder Bag Black Clutch Flap Quilted Purse Lambskin

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£1,594.21

Chanel Diana Chain Flap Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilted Lamb

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,833.46

Chanel Diana Chain Flap Shoulder Crossbody Bag Black Quilted Lamb

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,833.46

Chanel Caviar Mini Small Chain One Shoulder Bag Black Quilted

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£1,115.71

Giorgio Armani Leather handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Armani Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£460.00

Chanel Silver Robot Crossbody Clutch Handbag VIP Gift 2017

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Metal : Silver Gender : Female Dial Colour : Silver Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Silver, ,
£1,346.80

Vanilla Quilted Patent Leather Lady Dior MM

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Christian Dior Gender : Female specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : M
£1,999.00 £2,950.00

Black Quilted Lambskin Vintage Medium Diana Classic Single Flap Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : M
£2,499.00

Rouge Indienne Matte Alligator Leather Birkin 35cm

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Red, , Size : L
£42,999.00

Black Quilted Patent Leather Classic Gold Medallion Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,399.00

Mustard Patent Lambskin Monogram Fascination Lockit

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Yellow, , Size : M
£1,299.00

Glycine Swift Leather Bolide Secret

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Pink, , Size : M
£4,299.00

Amethyst Matte Porosus Crocodile Leather Birkin 30cm

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Purple, , Size : L
£54,999.00

Black Quilted Lambskin Leather Classic Gold Medallion Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,399.00

Gris Mouette Togo Leather Birkin 30cm

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Grey, , Size : L
£12,999.00

Black Quilted Lambskin Boy Flap Wallet

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : S
£549.00

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