9 August 2012

Vintage Handbags

Handbags, like fashion, reflect what’s going on in the world. The style, size and shape of a handbag has been strongly influenced by technological and societal changes, such as the development of jewellery, transportation, cosmetics, mobile phones, and the role of women in society.

At Grays we have a fabulous selection of vintage handbags, from 1920s embroidered evenings bags to 1970s leather bags.

Vintage satin evening bag with wonderful embroidery detail. 
Offered by Susie Nelson.

1920s evening bags for example were tiny because women would go to a ball, accompanied by a gentleman, and wouldn't need to bring keys, mobile phone and other things with her. During the 1930s bags reflected the Art Deco style movement which highlighted abstraction and celebrated new industrial materials.

A wonderful silk embroidered bag circa 1920s.
Offered by Susie Nelson.

During wartime 1940s a new handbag aesthetic emerged. Bags became bigger and more practical. The shoulder bag was very popular. Metal frames, zips, leather, and mirrors were in short supply so manufacturers used plastic and wood.
1950s/1960s Wooden nautical print bag.
Offered by Linda Bee.
The post war economic boon of the 1950s changed handbags into a cult status. It saw the rise of important designer houses including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Hermes.

Fabulous vintage Fendi wallet.
Offered by Susie Nelson.

1950s rare beehive bag with cream Lucite top and metal bees. Offered by Linda Bee. 

The 1960s saw the rise of youth culture. Youthful style bags became popular, such as the long, narrow clutch. During the 70s large satchels and fabric shoulder bags became in style, while the 80s saw the rise of sports bags and the unisex bag made it's debut.

1970s Charles Jourdan navy blue calf leather bag with unusual handle in metal and leather. Offered by Linda Bee.
Black fabric barrel bag that can be used as either a clutch or handbag. Offered by Susie Nelson.

Nowadays there is no end to the list of different types of bag to choose from. Every shape or size is possible. Designer bags are extremely popular but also very large handbags, as most women work and carry their laptop, mobile and beauty essentials with them. As the handbag is so popular these days, handbag designs are likely to become even more unusual and individualized in the future.

For more information visit www.graysantiques.com


  1. Wow nice stylish ladies handbags looking good thanks for share this style on your blog.
    Hermes Handbags

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