Vintage treasures never go out of style, and investing in pre-loved luxury goods can help you enjoy the high quality and unique designs of your favourite brands while saving up for that new IT-bag that you can’t get out of your mind.
Timeless designer bags are always a good buy: they have stood the test of time, never losing their charm and allure. They’re not a fashion whim, but long lasting pieces that can be passed on to your children and grandchildren. With this endurance in mind, you should consider adding authentic used handbags to your wish list. To help you choose the perfect items for your collection, we put together a foolproof guide to the best vintage handbags to look for.
1. CHANEL 2.55 FLAP
The bag to rule all bags, it doesn’t get more timeless than this chain-strapped masterpiece. Created by Coco in February 1955 (hence the name, 2.55), the brand’s iconic piece has been carried by pretty much every female celebrity that came to stardom after its invention, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Miley Cyrus. Available in several sizes, colours, fabrics and finishes, the 2.55 can be sported as a day or evening bag, in a glamorous or basic look, in your 20’s or 70’s, it doesn’t matter. You just can’t go wrong with this one.
2. LOUIS VUITTON ALMA
Yes, I know, when speaking of classics and Louis Vuitton, the Speedy is the first bag to come to mind. But if you disregard the hype behind the most famous of LV bags, you’ll find that the elegant shaped Alma might be a good alternative. Better yet if you opt for a non-monogramed, less flashy model. Versatile (It can be your day bag, your work bag and your dressy bag), this handbag is classy and sassy at the same time, always the right choice.
3. MULBERRY BAYSWATER
The Alexa is arguably the most talked about among all Mulberry bags. It’s understandable, given how good it looks in an impressive range of looks, from messy to dressy. Even so, the true brand’s icon is still the Bayswater. Named after an elegant area of London, the Bayswater is a cross between a traditional doctor’s bag and a structured satchel, that can be your go-to bag for work or night outs. Better yet, it’s not as pricey as some of the other items in this list.
4. LADY DIOR
When you think of elegance (especially if you are over 30 and was born in England) you think of Princess Diane. And this bag was a favourite of hers. Classy, charming, feminine, and a little spicy, the Lady Dior bag translates what Lady D is remembered for. Instantly recognizable by its cannage stitching (a house signature) as well as the charms with the brand's name, this beauty has maintained its allure and elegance over the years.
5. HERMÈS BIRKIN
In the top of every fashionista’s wish list, this popular yet extremely exclusive (and expensive) bag is an item of luxury worth having. The status symbol was named after French actress and singer Jane Birkin, when, in 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas, saw her struggling in a flight with a straw travelling bag. Buying a pre-owned one can be the answer to save a few thousand buck and avoid the famous waiting lists for a new Birkin.
6. THE PROENZA SCHOULER PS1
The youngest bag in the list, the PS1 was first introduced in 2008 as the first carryall the brand's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez ever made and quickly became a classic. Loved by fashion insiders and celebrities alike, the PS1 paved the way for other coveted handbags like the PS11 and PS13, they, however, have never been able to dethrone the original one.
7. THE PRADA TOTE
Any Prada bag would be a welcome addition to anyone’s collection, but the totes hold a special place in my heart. Made from the label’s incredibly durable Saffiano leather, the toe is a great option for an everyday bag, allowing the exterior to withstand scratches and inclement weather. Buy it now and carry everything in it forever.