Swish Vintage has a glorious collection of handbags, in every shape, fabric , and price you could ask for. It takes everything I have to convince myself each week that I do not need another bag…I don’t really believe myself, but I listen anyway. Today’s Swish Picks is full of all my favorite handbags currently in the shop. Hold on to your seats lady and maybe grab a napkin go wipe away the impending drool.
Many of the black handbags can be dated to the 40s and 50 with the very classic style of the time, as influenced by Coco Chanel, Hermès, Prada, and Gucci.
Classic box purses, leather and fabric evening bags, metal and lucite findings, and decorative pieces…you can find it all! This is just a snippet of the black handbags in the shop…oh, and they are all on sale right now too!
You can find a beautiful collection of white and beaded bags as well, some dating quite far back, like the 20s.
Swish has a handful of divine tapestry bags in immaculate condition. Tapestry bags were quite popular in the 1920s and would be considered a key fashion look of the time. One may also find tapestry bags from the 1950s as they were often given to gals from their solider boyfriends; they were hence known as “sweetheart ” bags
Reptile skin become fashionable in the 1940s due to the restriction on leather, as it was to be used for wartime efforts only. Snakeskin was a popular choice among designers.Swish has a few snakeskin handbags as well as a divine crocodile skin one, which below, is the biggest of the three shown.
Another fun fact of wartime handbags is that many of them were made with gas mask compartments, so you could be prepared no matter where you were. Unfortunately Swish does not have any but wouldn’t that be interesting to see?
More beautiful 20s and 30s handbags below. The colourful one is from the 1930s and is in mint condition. Cloth evening bags were very in fashion in the 30s, often made of silk and satin crepe de chine, with beading or luxurious details and clasps. The one below is not as fancy as a typical evening bag but it is just beautiful…it is my favorite bag in the shop. The black one below is a typical 1920s evening bag with the beading and braided rope strap.
The floral tapestry handbags below are reminiscent of the 50s and 60s. These three are in beautiful condition and are very feminine purses. Again you see the box shape made popular in the 40s and 50s by influential designers Hermès and Chanel.
Below is a “Dorothy” bag found in Edwardian fashion of the early 1900s. These bags have drawstrings that gather at the top and are typically lavishly beaded. The user of this bag required very little when going out…calling cards, a handkerchief, perhaps a small notepad and a pencil. Sometimes these bags were used in the drawing room or for evening entertainment. The Dorothy bag was named after the heroine in A J Munbys 1880 play.
And every now and again Swish gets in something unique , interesting, or strange. Currently in the shop there is a Kenyan antelope fur handbag. I don’t know how old it is, but it is in perfect condition.
This is just a peak at the amazing collection of bags at Swish and she is constantly bringing in new stock. If you don’t live in town head over to the Swish Facebook page to find out about ordering possibilities.
Do you carry a vintage handbag?