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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 Black Fur and Leather Saddle Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£7,525.06

Hermes Blue Canvas Toile Herbag Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Hermes Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Size : M
£3,564.50

Chanel Maroon Suede Quilted Leather Duffel Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : L
£3,010.02

Gucci XL Coated Monogram Canvas Slim Messenger Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : L
£765.92

Chanel Black Pleated Lambskin Leather Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£1,980.28

Bottega Veneta Brown Lizard Leather Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Bottega Veneta Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : S
£1,095.86

Judith Leiber Maroon Pearlized Box Clutch with Crystals

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Judith Leiber Gemstone : Pearl Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Decade : 2000-2009 Size : M
£1,728.23

Chanel Black Woven Linen and Leather CC Logo Cut Out 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
£2,435.24

Fendi Striped Wool Sequin Limited Edition Shopper Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Fendi Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Decade : 2000-2009 Size : L
£1,017.30

Hermes Vintage Brown Box Calf Leather Jige Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Hermes Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Decade : 1980-1989 Size : S
£1,649.68

Judith Leiber Vintage White Lizard Leather Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Judith Leiber Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Decade : 1980-1989 Size : M
£673.29

Jil Sander Black Python Snakeskin Shoulder Bag Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Jil Sander Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : L
£1,663.43

Judith Leiber Vintage Maroon Rose Snakeskin Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Judith Leiber Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Decade : 1980-1989 Size : M
£589.17

Carlos Falchi Blue Crocodile Patchwork Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Carlos Falchi Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Decade : 1990-1999 Size : S
£1,025.78

Prada Galleria Saffiano Peach Coral Ostrich Leather Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Prada Gemstone : Coral Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Orange, , Size : L
£3,010.02

Chanel Red Quilted PVC Model Overnight Tote Travel Bag

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Red ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Red, , ,Decade : 1990-1999 ,Size : L ,
£2,534.76

Chanel Black and White Tweed Rhinestone Perfume Bottle Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£3,164.49

Hermes Fuchsia Swift Leather Kelly Cut Clutch Handbag

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Hermes Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Pink, , Size : M
£9,033.95

Judith Leiber Navy Blue Embroidered Leather Tassel Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Judith Leiber Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, , Decade : 1990-1999 Size : M
£1,252.97

Hermes Off White Togo Leather Ulysse Mini Agenda Cover

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Hermes Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Silver, , Size : S
£317.40

Bally Brown Leather Shoulder Bag Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Bally Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : L
£269.10

Cacharel Beige Canvas & Multcolor Leather Flap Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Cacharel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Multi, , Size : M
£165.60

Loewe Brown Leather & Suede Wallet Coin Purse Pouch

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Loewe Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : S
£179.40

Prada Gold Tone Leather Small Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Prada Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : S
£234.60

Fendi Gold Tone Leather B Bis Bag Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Fendi Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£220.80

Vintage Gray Crocodile Leather Tote Handbag Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Na Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : S
£207.00

Prada Black Tessuto Collage Impossible True Love Large Tote 1Bg070

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Prada Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : L
£1,311.00

Plinio Visona Tan Leather Tote Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Plinio Visona Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : L
£245.64

Oryany Orange Leather Gwen Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Oryany Gender : Female Dial Colour : Orange Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Orange, , Size : M
£200.10

Jil Sander Tan Engraved Floral Design Leather Shoulder Bag Tote

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Jil Sander Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Size : L
£179.40

Fredsbruder Gray Leather Tote Shoulder Bag W/ Front Pocket

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Fredsbruder Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : L
£131.10

Cowboysbag Black Leather Briefcase Work Bag

Style Keyword : Briefcases & Attaches Label 1 : Bags > Briefcases & Attaches,Bags > Cowboysbag Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£179.40

Fredsbruder Tan Leather Tote Crossbody Bag W/ Front Pocket

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Fredsbruder Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : L
£135.24

Pineider Burgundy Leather Tri Bag Multilevel Closure Travel Bag

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > Pineider ,Colour : Multi ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Multi ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Multi, , ,Size : L ,
£828.00

Cowboysbag Black Leather Tote Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Cowboysbag Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£186.30

Yves Saint Laurent Green Canvas Clutch Bag Portfolio

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Yves Saint Laurent Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£220.80

The Bridge Brown Leather Zip Agenda Cover Organizer

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > The Bridge Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : S
£172.50

Gucci Vintage Black Crocodile Leather Shoulder Bag

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£676.20

Cowboysbag Brown Leather The Bag Satchel With Woven Pockets

Style Keyword : Satchels Label 1 : Bags > Satchels,Bags > Cowboysbag Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M
£165.60

1950s Walborg Golden Metal Clutch Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Walborg Gender : Female Dial Colour : Gold Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Decade : 1950-1959 Size : S
£297.04

1960s Metal Embroidered Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Na Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Gold, , Decade : 1960-1969 Size : S
£99.01

1980s Sharif Multi Pieced Leather Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Sharif Gender : Female Dial Colour : Multi Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Multi, , Decade : 1980-1989 Size : S
£233.67

50s Black Hand Beaded Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Na Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Decade : 1950-1959 Size : S
£273.28

1950's Double-Handled Lucite Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Na Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , Decade : 1950-1959 Size : S
£297.04

50s Red Mexican Hand Tooled Clutch

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Na Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Decade : 1950-1959 Size : S
£138.62

30s Black Hand-Beaded Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Na Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Decade : 1930-1939 Size : S
£356.45

50s Grey Wool Box Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Na Gender : Female Dial Colour : Grey Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , Decade : 1950-1959 Size : S
£233.67

1980s Jet Black Convertible Hornback Alligator Purse

Style Keyword : Wallets Label 1 : Bags > Wallets,Bags > Joli Gemstone : Jet Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Decade : Late 20th Century Size : S
£514.87

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