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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 Cotton Classic Flap Design 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
£1,915.00

Chanel Diana Flap Chain Bag 25cm White

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Size : M
£2,660.00

Chanel CC Mark Print Classic Flap Chain Bag Maxi Pink

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Pink Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Pink, , Size : L
£3,090.00

Chanel Design Flap 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 : M
£2,100.00

Chanel Tortoiseshell Classic Flap 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
£4,950.00

Chanel Suede Mademoiselle Stitch V Flap Fringe Chain Bag Pale Blue

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : M
£1,730.00

Chanel Denim Full Flap Chain Bag Mini Indigo

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : S
£4,330.00

Chanel Caviar Skin V Flap Turn-lock Ball Charm Chain Bag White

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

Chanel Patent Diana Flap Chain Bag 25cm Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£3,710.00

Chanel Full Flap 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
£1,855.00

Chanel Caviar 6 CC Mark Shoulder Bag Cherry Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, ,
£3,280.00

Chanel Round Flap Turn-lock Chain Bag Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : M
£2,845.00

Chanel Silk Satin Classic Flap Bijou Chain Bag Mini Black

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

Chanel Edge Design Flap Matelasse Plate 2way 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 : M
£1,915.00

Chanel Denim Flap Chain Bag 23cm Light Blue

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : M
£3,710.00

Hermes Mini Kelly Bag Apple Green

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, , Size : S
£17,895.00

Chanel CC Mark Stitch Drawstring Tortoiseshell Shoulder Bag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£2,410.00

Hermes Mini Kelly Bag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£11,145.00

Chanel Diana Flap Chain Bag 23cm Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : M
£3,090.00

Gucci GG Pattern Logo Embossed Shoulder Bag with Pouch Beige

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, ,
£620.00

Chanel Paris Limited Edge Design Flap Turn-lock 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 : M
£2,225.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Square 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, ,
£1,790.00

Chanel Velour Tortoiseshell Turn-lock Logo Charm Tote Bag Dark Brown

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, ,
£2,225.00

Chanel Paris Limited Design Flap Turn-lock 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 : M
£2,225.00

Chanel Classic Flap Chain Bag 25cm Black

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

Chanel Piping Design Flap Turn-lock 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 : M
£1,670.00

Chanel Classic Flap Chain Bag 23cm Light Blue

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : M
£2,720.00

Hermes Constance 23cm Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Hermes Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£4,330.00

Chanel Edge Design Flap Turn-lock 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 : M
£1,730.00

Chanel Bicolore Stitch CC Mark Plate Drawstring Shoulder Bag with Pouch Navy

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
£2,040.00

Chanel Cotton Diana Flap Chain Bag 25cm Pink

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

Chanel CC 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, ,
£1,235.00

Chanel Piping Design Flap Turn-lock Chain Bag with Pouch Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : M
£1,605.00

Chanel Caviar Skin 6 CC Mark Plate Tote Bag Black

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£1,670.00

Chanel 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, ,
£1,605.00

Chanel Design Flap Turn-lock Chain Bag White

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Size : M
£1,670.00

Chanel Nishijin Brocade Classic Flap Chain Bag Mini White

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

Chanel Caviar Skin Mademoiselle Stitch Ball Charm 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, ,
£1,855.00

Chanel Mademoiselle Stitch Edge Design Flap Turn-lock 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 : M
£2,100.00

Chanel Edge Design Flap CC Turn-lock 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 : M
£2,040.00

Chanel V Flap CC Mark Fringe Chain Bag Red

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : M
£1,110.00

Chanel Full Flap CC Mark Plate Chain Bag 23cm Navy

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

Chanel Silk Satin Design Flap Turn-lock Mini Bijou 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
£1,855.00

Chanel Design Flap Circle Turn-lock 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 : M
£2,040.00

Gucci Mini Lady Lock 2way Bag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£925.00

Dior Plaid Double Face Lady 2way Bag L Grey/Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Christian Dior Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , Size : M
£1,235.00

Dior Denim Lady Cannage Stitch 2way Bag L Blue

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Christian Dior Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : M
£1,235.00

Dior Cotton Lady Cannage Stitch 2way Bag M Charcoal Grey/Silver

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Christian Dior Metal : Silver Gender : Female Dial Colour : Grey Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,170.00

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