3 Vintage Handbag Trends Making a Comeback

3 Vintage Handbag Trends Making a Come Back

What is old is now new again. Recently, we've seen several top fashion houses such as Gucci, Coach and Dior dig into their archives and re-release vintage inspired styles for the masses. In the world of fashion nothing is ever new as there's always a nod to what has graced the stores before. While these designs reference vintage versions they are made with a little disadvantage. Can you guess what it is? It doesn't have the allure of being the original version. While there's nothing wrong with buying the new version, compare purchasing the "vintage inspired" item for 2x to 3x more than the high quality original. And more often than not the quality of the original is much better. If you don't believe me, think about an appliance or piece of furniture in your grandparents' home, how long has it lasted compared to a newer version? The same standards used back then for functional home items rings true for fashion products as well. Keep reading if you want to learn more about recent trends and where you can find a high quality OG for a fraction of the cost. We offer personal shopping services email info@daaconsignment.com if you can't find something or have any questions.

 

 

 

Vintage bags have so much history and can be considered a snapshot of that company during a specific moment in time. Many of the fashion houses that have been around for decades have changed over the years and you can see that in the styles, hardware and design features.

 

Logo trend/Canvas Revamp

Over the past 2 years you've seen Gucci, Celine, Dior and many other fashion houses reinvent their logo heavy designs. These styles were very popular in the 80s and 90s. Recently, 90s inspired styles have been making a comeback with many fashion houses creating more logo-centric styles. Gucci and Christian Dior are leading the pack with this trend.  Gucci's famous horsebit and Ophidia styles date back to 1940s and 50s are now available online with prices ranging from $750 to $1980. The Christian Dior logo saddle bag was released in early 2000s and has become a cult hit again 20 years later. When you research the history you'll notice the birth of these iconic styles we know today were created for a specific reason; whether that was Louis Vuitton's effort to combat counterfeiters or Gucci's pivot to create logo canvas bags due to supply shortages during WWII.  While the new styles have a vintage appeal there's something special about having the original and knowing the history behind the design increases my appreciation. Some of the vintage inspired styles catch my eye, but I am having a hard time shelling out the current asking price, especially when you think of what they use to cost.

In general, I tend to gravitate towards vintage bags and you can still find many on the pre-owned market.  The biggest difference you'll see is the coloring of the canvas, logo and internal features. You want to look for vintage accessories that work with your style and accentuate your wardrobe. Thrifting vintage designer accessories is a hunt and takes time, but they are so worthwhile in the end. This vintage Gucci crossbody is a style that is very unique, hard to find and is on trend for a fraction of the current retail price. When you find one go ahead and snap it up because they aren't easy to come by. Check more photos of this beautiful Vintage Gucci GG Coated Canvas Bag 
Vintage Gucci GG Canvas Bag

 

Vintage inspired shapes and hardware
In 2019, Prada launched a re-issue of the 90s favorite mini nylon bag. I remember carrying a black one around during undergrad as I was into small bags that allowed room for my Nokia and a few essentials. The historic Gucci horsebit hardware gives off a modern vintage vibe and the iconic re-release of Bottega Veneta's famous intrecciato weave hobo. Check out these photos of vintage hardware compared to their new counterparts. Select the hyperlink below for more details and to purchase.

 

 Hardware has changed over time. Designers such as Louis Vuitton and Dooney and Bourke were known for using brass. Also, a well known fact is Chanel hardware used on handbags older than 2008 were made with plated 24K gold.This is one of the benefits of purchasing vintage because the quality is typically better.

For more photos check out this Gucci Leather Saddle Bag link.

Vintage Gucci Leather Saddle Bag Shoulder Bag

 

     
Once a shoulder bag and now a cross body 
This style has a long history dating back to the 17th century in Europe. The interesting fact is it was initially developed to carry coins. Dooney and Bourke and Coach long shoulder strap bags come to mind when I think about vintage crossbody bags. 

Coach has revived classics from their archives and it is always very interesting to see designs. Select the hyperlink below for more details.  

Check out detailed photos of the pictured Coach bag

Vintage Coach Crossbody Bag

 

 

 

 

 

References:

1. LouLou.com "For All The Places You Go" May 22, 2018. https://loulouboutiques.com/blogs/lou-lou/for-all-the-places-you-go
2. Bagoholic101.com "Ultimate Real Vs. Fake Gucci Bag Guide- "Gucci Plus"" August 1, 2017. https://bagaholic101.com/ultimate-guide-tell-gucci-bag-real-fake-gucci-plus/
3. Kaitlin Serio. "Handbag History: The Gucci Horsebit" April 24, 2020. https://www.purseblog.com/gucci/handbag-history-the-gucci-horsebit/