Some girls like diamonds, others invest in handbags. Some will go for designer but the wiser prefers one-of-a-kind vintage.
Welcome to our blog, where you will find musings, ravings, reviews, celebrity sightings entirely on, not just vintage but more on vintage-inspired handbags, by handbag lovers and connoisseurs.
Fashion is nothing but a cycle. Some say trends come back every 2 decades. If you pay close attention, the excess of the Eighties’ were apparent again in the 2000 era. That is the reason why we are always going to look back to and get inspiration from the past.
But first, what really is vintage? Vintage is essentially anything from another era. It doesn’t necessarily mean though, that anything old from a certain era is deemed vintage. More than age, it has be of exceptional quality and has to have that appeal to be desirable again.
As this site is solely dedicated to handbags, we take a quick look into the history of this almost iconic accessory. Handbags have first seen the light of day ever since people have had something precious to carry with them. That dates back to the 14th century when bags where attached to girdles which were fastened to the waist. It has then evolved to something more practical with the use of leather and cloth in the 16th century. The term “handbag” was coined in the 19th century referring to hand-held luggage. I am not about to bore you by further dwelling on the handbag’s history. As you may have already guessed, from the 19th century up to present, handbags played and still is playing a very significant role in the fashion industry.
Today handbags have become iconic that they can actually make or break one major collection of a high profile designer or fashion house. There always has to be a bag along with the collection with the hopes of making it to “It Bag” status. And these designers almost always look back to history for inspiration.
The top 3 iconic handbags ever since the advent of mass media are the Hermes Birkin, the Chanel 2.55, and the Louis Vuitton Speedy. If you happen to own any of these, hold on to them for dear life as these 3 beauties will forever be the most sought-after handbags in the history of fashionable mankind.
Victoria Beckham and her Birkins
Hermes may have sent more than a thank you note to this lady. She has put the Birkin on a different level. This handbag is notorious for demanding the most ostentatious price tag of nothing less than $6,500!
Hollywood A-Listers with the 2.55
The trendy Mischa , the bohemian Sienna, and the fashion forward Lindsay all own at least one. This goes to show that this arm candy appeals to most if not all style personalities. The ultimate epitome of a classic.
Almost anywhere in the world, you are likely to bump into someone carrying the speedy. You can’t blame them, this 80- year old creation is top choice for those who are just beginning to dabble in the world of designer handbags.
These are the bags that will always be looked back to for inspiration. Their presence will forever be seen in the fashion world. Reinventions, re-creations, even mass fake reproductions will continue to keep the appeal of these handbags alive. These handbags will be vintage in time given that they all have the makings of a vintage piece- quality and appeal.
We hope with this blog we are able to share with you our passion and love for vintage and vintage-inspired handbags.