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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 Classic Flap Chain Bag Jumbo Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : L
£2,475.00

Chanel Crocodile Classic Flap Chain Bag Mini Brown

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : S
£6,745.00

Chanel Classic Flap Chain 2way 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
£1,855.00

Chanel CC Mark Diamond Stitch Fringe 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, ,
£1,360.00

Chanel Mademoiselle Stitch Big CC Mark Plate Shoulder 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
£1,360.00

Chanel Classic Flap Chain Bag 25cm Dark Green

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

Hermes Cotton Butterfly Pattern Tote Bag Blue

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Hermes Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
£270.00

Chanel 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
£2,285.00

Gucci Lady Lock 2way Bag White

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Size : M
£985.00

Chanel Design Flap Turn-lock Chain Bag with Pouch Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,705.00

Chanel Wool Classic Flap Chain Bag 25cm Dark Grey

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

Hermes Trim Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Hermes Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£800.00

Chanel Caviar Skin 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 Classic Flap Chain Bag 23cm Navy

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

Dior Lady Cannage Stitch 2way Bag M Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Christian Dior Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£1,480.00

Chanel Round Flap Turn-lock Chain Bag Navy

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

Chanel Suede Pearl Bijou Mini Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel Gemstone : Pearl Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£2,660.00

Gucci Flora Pattern Logo Embossed Tote Bag Navy

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Gucci Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
£435.00

Chanel Pile Flower Patter CC Mark Tote Bag Sky Blue

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
£1,420.00

Chanel Caviar Skin CC Mark Stitch Tote Bag Mint Green

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, ,
£1,790.00

Chanel Turn-lock Square Handbag Black

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

Chanel Caviar Skin Double Face Classic Flap Handbag 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 Double Face Classic Flap 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
£3,090.00

Celine Logo Embossed Charm Handbag White/Red

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > HUGO BOSS Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, ,
£375.00

Chanel Velour Turn-lock Metal Clasp Handbag Black

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

Chanel Camellia CC Mark Pattern Handbag Ivory

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, ,
£615.00

Chanel Double Turn-lock Backpack Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Black ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Black, , ,Size : L ,
£3,090.00

Louis Vuitton Canvas Monogram Vanity 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
£1,605.00

Chanel Edge Design Flap Turn-lock Shoulder Bag Baby Blue

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

Dior Leopard Pattern Lady 2way Bag M Brown

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Christian Dior Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, , Size : M
£985.00

Chanel Round Flap Turn-lock 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 : M
£2,475.00

Gucci Ostrich 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 : M
£1,545.00

Chanel V 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, ,
£1,235.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Logo Embroidered Chain Tote Bag Turquoise Blue

Style Keyword : Tote Bags Label 1 : Bags > Tote Bags,Bags > Chanel Gemstone : Turquoise Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
£2,100.00

Chanel CC Mark Charm Clutch Bag Red

Style Keyword : Clutches Label 1 : Bags > Clutches,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : S
£535.00

Chanel Caviar Skin CC Mark Stitch Round Charm Tote Bag Black

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

Chanel Bicolore Stitch Logo CC Mark Charm Tote Bag Black

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

Chanel Velour Turn-lock Plate Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£3,090.00

Chanel Square Turn-lock Logo Charm Mini Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : S
£2,040.00

Chanel Turn-lock Logo Charm Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£1,240.00

Chanel Patent Round Flap Turn-lock Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Shoulder Bags Label 1 : Bags > Shoulder Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : M
£860.00

Chanel Leather Cotton CC Mark Charm Waist Bag Red/Navy

Style Keyword : Suitcases & Luggage ,Label 1 : Bags > Suitcases & Luggage,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Red ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Red, , ,Size : M ,
£1,730.00

Gucci Leather Bamboo Backpack Red

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Gucci ,Colour : Red ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Red ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Red, , ,Size : L ,
£615.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Double Turn-lock Backpack Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Black ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Black, , ,Size : L ,
£3,090.00

Chanel Turn-lock Handbag Black

Style Keyword : Top Handle Bags Label 1 : Bags > Top Handle Bags,Bags > Chanel Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£1,990.00

Chanel Round CC Mark Plate Backpack with Pouch Gold

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Gold ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Gold ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Gold, , ,Size : L ,
£3,090.00

Chanel Caviar Skin 6 CC Mark Stitch Backpack with Pouch Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Black ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Black, , ,Size : L ,
£3,090.00

Chanel Caviar Skin Turn-lock Backpack with Pouch Black

Style Keyword : Backpacks & Rucksacs ,Label 1 : Bags > Backpacks & Rucksacs,Bags > Chanel ,Colour : Black ,Gender : Female ,Dial Colour : Black ,Mens/Womens : Womens ,specification : Black, , ,Size : L ,
£3,100.00

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