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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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Gucci Tan Canvas Boston Bag Handbag Tote Brown Yellow Stripes

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female specification : Brown, ,
£414.00

Triloubi Small Studded Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > CHRISTIAN LOBOUTIN Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : S
£1,283.40

Fendi Selleria Black Leather Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Fendi Gender : Female specification : Black, ,
£441.60

Roberta Di Camerino Brown Leather Tote Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > ROBERTA DI CAMERINO Gender : Female specification : Brown, ,
£414.00

Gucci Black Pony Hair & Leather Handbag Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female specification : Black, ,
£586.50

Gucci Light Blue Microguccissima Leather Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female specification : Blue, ,
£172.50

Karl Lagerfeld Black Embossed Leather Satchel Bag

Style Keyword : Satchels Label 1 : Bags > Satchels,Bags > KARL LAGEFELD Gender : Female specification : Gold, ,
£205.62

Prada Red Saffiano Leather Continental Zip Wallet Coin Purse W/ Box

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > PRADA Gender : Female specification : Gold, , Size : S
£248.40

Fendi Vintage Zucca Canvas & Leather Ff Monogram Wallet Coin Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Fendi Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : S
£131.10

Falorni Dark Brown Woven Leather Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > NA Gender : Female specification : Brown, ,
£814.20

Gucci Vintage Brown Crocodile Leather Shoulder Bag W/ Chain Straps

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female specification : Brown, ,
£1,173.00

Louis Vuitton Brown Nylon Clothes Cover Garment Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female specification : Brown, , Size : M,L
£220.80

Tom Ford Tan Snakeskin Sienna Structured Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > TOM FORD Gender : Female specification : Red, ,
£2,070.00

Valentino Garavani Red Leather Shoulder Bag W/ Front Pockets

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > VALENTINO Gender : Female specification : Red, ,
£524.40

Versus Versace Vintage Black Suede & Leather Rivet Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > VERSACE Gender : Female specification : Black, ,
£193.20

Vintage Burgundy Suede And Crocodile Tote Shoulder Bag Shopping Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > NA Gender : Female specification : Gold, ,
£1,102.62

Vintage Green Reptile Snakeskin Leather Tote Handbag Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > NA Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : S
£317.40

Vintage Light Brown Leather Doctor Bag Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > NA Gender : Female specification : Brown, ,
£165.60

Liebeskind Berlin Red Leather Satchel Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Liebeskind Gender : Female specification : Red, ,
£165.60

Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Musette Salsa Short Strap Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M
£1,015.22

Balenciaga Light Blue Leather Classic City Bag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Balenciaga Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : M
£757.63

Byron Navy Blue Hornback Crocodile Leather Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > BYRON Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
£2,233.01

1970s Pierre Cardin White Metal Mesh Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > PIERRE CARDIN Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Size : S
£158.70

1910s Edwardian Alligator Chatelaine Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > NA Style : Edwardian Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : S
£315.01

Marc Jacobs Workwear Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > MARC JACOBS Gender : Female specification : Grey, ,
£410.62

Gucci GG Brown NWOT Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female specification : Brown, ,
£645.26

Chanel Wallet

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : S
£270.00

Chanel Wallet

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£335.00

Chanel Wallet

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£310.00

Chanel Wallet

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£310.00

Chanel  Shoulder Bag (Limited Edition)

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Silver, ,
£840.00

Shoulder Bag Shoulder Bag - Brown

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Yves Saint Laurent Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, ,
£225.00

Chanel Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, ,
£665.00

Versace Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > VERSACE Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£335.00

Alexander Mcqueen  Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Alexander McQueen Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£490.00

Gucci Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£180.00

Chanel Toiletry Bag

Style Keyword : Make Up Bags & Vanity Cases Label 1 : Bags > Make Up Bags & Vanity Cases,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£90.00

Chanel Toiletry Bag

Style Keyword : Make Up Bags & Vanity Cases Label 1 : Bags > Make Up Bags & Vanity Cases,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : S
£225.00

Pouche Purse - Silver

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Hermes Metal : Silver Gender : Female Dial Colour : Silver Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Silver, , Size : S
£335.00

Beauty Case Purse - Black

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£400.00

Louis Vuitton Pochette Cite Monogram Canvas Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : S
£395.00

Louis Vuitton Pochette Lagoon Perle Vernis Leather Sunglass Case

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON ,Colour : White ,Gender : Female ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : White, , ,Size : S ,
£240.00

Gucci Gold tone clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female specification : Gold, , Size : S
£537.71

Vintage Louis Vuitton Petit Noe Blue Epi Leather Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : M
£310.00

Louis Vuitton Cabas Ipanema GM Sandy Monogram Cotton Beach Bag - 2009 Collection Plage

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, , Size : M
£465.00

Louis Vuitton Ombre Black Epi Leather Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M,L
£415.00

Louis Vuitton Sac Plat Brown Epi Leather Handbag Tote Silver Hardware

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Metal : Silver Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M
£685.00

Louis Vuitton Reade PM Red Vernis Leather Hand Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : S, L
£310.00

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