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Shoulder Bags

One of the latest arrivals to the history of handbags, shoulder bags are a relatively modern inclusion to the contemporary wardrobe.  No nonsense and hands free, they reflect the activities of women as they have changed over the 20th century.  During the 2nd World War compulsory gas masks and women’s forces uniforms required the wearing of the shoulder bags and satchels and their style filtered through to civilian style.  Today, they are one of the most popular forms of handbag from the cross body bag to the satchel, they come in every form, little and large. Worn long or short or, even slung over your back while you cycle, they can be the best choice when we are on the go in the city.

However, their practicality does not diminish their look in the style stakes.  Shoulder bags are included as some of the most iconic bags on the planet from designers such as Chanel.  Their longevity in fashion is testament, not just to their appearance, but to the number of women who have loved these bags for more than looks alone.  The classic Chanel 2.55, introduced to the world by Coco Chanel in February 1955 was actually a reincarnation of a bag originally made in 1929 which Chanel designed specifically to free her hands.  In the 1950s it was an instant and lasting success, with its adaptable chain shoulder strap and its beautiful looks which allow it to be as easily worn with everything from a beautiful dress to a pair of beaten up jeans. This bag holds its own. 

It is this adaptability of shoulder bags which suited the busy lives and stylish of women in the 20th century.  Gucci’s classic 1950s Hobo bag the ‘Constance’ became the ‘Jackie’ the year the Kennedy’s entered the White House.  And in the 1960 and 1970s, two-way bags were favoured with the detachable shoulder strap creating a sleek look for wearing with trousers and the introduction of Courrèges pantsuits in 1964 and Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘Le Smoking’ dinner suit of 1966.  Equally popular in the 1970s were saddle bags of every form, a style which has been adapted in every material and size, and which remains a popular for the bohemian edge.  So whether you are looking for a statement piece, a small cross body or a simple classic, take a look at our Open for Vintage selection of vintage shoulder bags from decades past to find your new inspiration.


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Vintage Louis Vuitton Trocadero Epi Black Cross Body Bag

Vintage Louis Vuitton Trocadero cross body bag in monogram embossed black epi leather.

Vintage Louis Vuitton Musette Tango Long Strap Brown Handbag

Vintage Louis Vuitton Musette Tango handbag in brown monogram patterned leather with a long shoulder strap.

Brand New 2017 Fendi Beige Leather Small Tote Bag

This is an unworm brand new 2017 Fendi 'Occhi' tote made in camel-coloured calfskin leather

Gucci Bamboo Python Vintage Crossbody & Top Handle Bag

This magnificent Gucci Python Bamboo Bag is in pristine condition, comes with its original shoulder strap and dust bag. Size

Louis Vuitton Brea GM Black Epi Noir Top Handle bag

A pre-owned Louis Vuitton Brea in Epi noir leather with some signs of wear

Louis Vuitton Purple Citadines PM in LV monogram Vintage Shuolder Bag

This is a Louis Vuitton Citadines, a charming shoulder tote made in purple embossed Leather

New 2017 Fendi Bauletto By The Way Large Grey Multicolore Leather Crossbody Bag

This a brand new 2017 FENDI 'Bauletto by the way' a very elegant crossbody bag made in leather

Louis Vuitton Limited edition Lutece Grey Shoulder Bag in Monograme Collage

The Louis Vuitton Lutece Collage bag is definitely a piece of art

Louis Vuitton Galliera MM Monogram Brown Vintage Shoulder Bag

The Louis Vuitton Galliera has been dedicated to the 'Galliera Bulding' in Paris

Celine 1980s Envelope Flap Brown Vintage Shoulder Bag

1980's vintage Céline horse carriage bag in brown leather

Hermes Herbag MM 2 in 1 Beige Canvas Brown Leather Shoulder Bag

Authentic Hermes HerBag MM size 2 in 1

Chanel 12" Jumbo Black Quilted Leather Shoulder Flap Bag

Authentic Chanel Jumbo in black quilted leather

Chanel Pink Orange Coco Logo Canvas Vintage Tote Bag

Authentic Chanel Tote Bag in pink orange canvas and leather piping.

Chanel 9" Black Quilted Leather Shoulder Messenger Bag

Authentic Chanel shoulder bag in black quilted leather. Size : 9.1 x 10.2 x 2 inches 23 x 26 x 5 cm
Colour : Black
Condition : Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.
Material : Lambskin Leather
Currency : GBP
specification : Black, Lambskin Leather, Overall: 7.5 of 10 Great pre owned condition with some signs of use.

Chanel Rare Orange Rubber Vintage Shoulder Tote Bag

Authentic Chanel shoulder bag/tote in red rubber material.

Chanel 13" Maxi Jumbo Black Quilted Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag

Authentic Chanel Maxi Jumbo in black quilted leather

Chanel Denim CC Logo Lagre Vintage Tote bag

Authentic Chanel tote Bag in blue denim.

Hermes Herbag Cabas Dark Brown Canvas Leather Tote Bag

Authentic Hermes Herbag Cabas canvas x leather hand bag

Louis Vuitton Alize 24 Heures Monogram Canvas Brown Travel Bag & Strap

Authentic Louis Vuitton Alize 24 Heures travel bag.

Louis Vuitton Lexington Blue Vernis Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag

Authentic Louis Vuitton Lexington vernis leather bag/pochette.

Louis Vuitton Cabas Piano Monogram Canvas Brown Vintage Shoulder Bag

Authentic Louis Vuitton Cabas Piano shoulder bag in monogram canvas.

Louis Vuitton Sac Rabat Toile Antigua Brown Canvas Handbag

Authentic Louis Vuitton Sac Rabat Toile Antigua hand bag

Louis Vuitton Mini Pochette Monogram brown Canvas Bag

Authentic Louis Vuitton mini pouch in monogram canvas

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