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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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Paprika Veau Doblis & Soufre Swift Leather Constance Elan

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Hermes Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Multi, , Size : S
£15,999.00

Chocolate Brown Clemence Leather Birkin 35cm

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Brown, , Size : L
£8,999.00

Taupe Grained Calfskin Leather Canapa Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > PRADA Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Brown, ,
£649.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Satellite 53 Monogram Canvas Travel Bag

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : L ,
£685.00

Louis Vuitton Coussin GM Monogram Canvas Shoulder Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M
£500.00

Chanel Black Lambskin Large CC Logo Chain Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : L
£1,160.00

Chanel 2.55 10" Double Flap Beige Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : M
£2,100.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Sirius 50 Monogram Canvas Travel Bag

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Brown ,Gender : Female ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Brown, , ,Size : L ,
£560.00

Louis Vuitton Montorgueil PM Monogram Canvas Handbag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M
£600.00

Vintage Chanel 11" Black Quilted Leather Tote Handbag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : L
£945.00

Vintage Louis Vuitton Helanga 1 Poche Epicea Green Taiga Travel Bag

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : Green ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Green ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Green, , ,Size : L ,
£775.00

Hermes Green Wool x Leather Victoria Style H Logo Boston Travel Bag

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > Hermes ,Label 5 : Just In ,Colour : Green ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Green ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Green, , ,Size : L ,
£1,460.00

Louis Vuitton Jasmin Blue Epi Leather Handbag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : M
£550.00

Louis Vuitton Josephine PM Navy Idylle Monogram Mini Lin Canvas Handbag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : S
£430.00

Louis Vuitton Cabas Mezzo Monogram Canvas Shoulder Tote Bag

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

Vintage Louis Vuitton Nil GM Monogram Canvas Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M,L
£500.00

Chanel Cotton CC Mark Pattern Tote Bag Black

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

Chanel Denim Turn-lock Handbag Light Blue

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
£4,085.00

Chanel Cotton Turn-lock Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£1,545.00

Chanel Caviar Skin 6 CC Mark Plate Drawstring Shoulder Bag With Pouch White

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, ,
£1,480.00

Chanel Caviar Skin CC Mark Stitch Ball Charm Shoulder Bag Brown

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, ,
£1,480.00

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Drawstring Shoulder Bag Red/Yellow/Navy

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Bottega Veneta Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, ,
£435.00

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Bow Plate Mini Shoulder Bag Navy

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > SALVADOR FERRAGAMO Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : S
£310.00

Chanel Caviar Leather CC Mark Stitch Multi Case Black

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Black ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Black, , ,Size : L ,
£925.00

Chanel Cotton Turn-lock Mini Chain Handbag Pink

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Pink Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Pink, , Size : S
£1,670.00

Gucci GG Pattern Logo Plate Shoulder Bag Navy

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
£495.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Matelasse Plate Logo Charm Totebag Black

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£1,605.00

Hermes Design Plate Shoulder Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Hermes Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£985.00

Chanel V Stitch CC Mark Push Lock Shoulder Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£1,235.00

Chanel Canvas Turn-lock Shoulder Bag Grey

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Grey Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, ,
£1,235.00

Gucci Flora Pattern GG Embossed Shoulder Bag White

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, ,
£375.00

Louis Vuitton Epi Alma Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£885.00

Chanel Satin Diamond Stitch CC Mark Ball Charm Shoulder Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gemstone : Diamond Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£1,545.00

Chanel Full Flap CC Mark Plate Chain Bag 23cm Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,480.00

Chanel Classic Flap Chain Bag Maxi Beige

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : L
£2,350.00

Chanel Design Flap Turn-lock Chain Bag Beige

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : M
£1,855.00

Chanel Classic Flap Chain Bag 25cm Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : M
£4,020.00

Chanel Denim Classic Flap Mini Chain Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£2,225.00

Chanel Caviar Skin CC Mark Stitch Wallet On Chain Pink

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Pink Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Pink, , Size : S
£860.00

Chanel Caviar Skin 3 CC Mark Stitch Logo Charm Shoulder Bag Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, ,
£1,480.00

Chanel CC Mark Diamond Stitch Charm Shoulder Bag Beige

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gemstone : Diamond Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, ,
£1,110.00

Chanel Mademoiselle Stitch Turn-lock Shoulder Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£1,480.00

Louis Vuitton Canvas Monogram Shoulder Bag Brown

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M,L
£925.00

Chanel Caviar Skin CC Mark Stitch Ball Charm Shoulder Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£1,360.00

Chanel Denim Turn-lock Classic Flap Chain Bag Mini Blue

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : S
£6,190.00

Louis Vuitton Epi Noe Toledo Blue/Borneo Green

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : M
£620.00

Louis Vuitton Epi Noe Rouge/Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£620.00

Chanel Design Flap Big CC Mark Plate Chain Bag Black

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

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