It seems from this recent article in the Telegraph (something we already knew actually!) that mainstream fashion has finally caught up with the daintiness and elegance of our vintage handbags (or 'Kelly bags' as we call them) the hottest trend for Winter17/Spring18. Most, if not all of the current designers and brands are bringing out their own ranges of small 'top-handle' bags. So get ahead of the crowd and bag your own authentic and original 'top-handle' Kelly bag, from high end vintage brands such as Waldybag, Mappin & Webb and Fassbender, hand made from the best quality materials and in the cutest designs, to show your own individuality and style.
We've just seen this article about ladies with collections of designer handbags that cost the equivalent of a very nice detached house in most parts of the world. Obviously money's no object as they appear to have very nice houses already (in one case several). But what about individuality and personal style, being different from everyone else, having a unique piece that no one else has? Many vintage brands such as Lederer, Waldybag and Fassbender are of similar quality to Hermés, Gucci etc but as these brands are no longer made and examples in excellent condition difficult to find, they now have a certain cachet. So, if the post Christmas bank balance won't run to the latest Hermés Birkin but you have lots of smart events lined up for the Spring, take a look at our vintage selection of high end designer bags of their day and wear something unique instead.
We've just been reading this short article in The Independent with tips on what to look for in spotting a fake designer handbag and thought it might be useful to post it here. The most popular and most expensive designer handbags are the ones most often copied, brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermés and Chanel. Some of the fake spotting tips are fairly common sense, such as looking at the quality of the stitching and hardware stamped with the brand name and also checking whether any lines of stitching line up seamlessly. Some tips are not so obvious, such as checking for date stamps or for holograms sewn into the lining but is isn't easy, as some fakes can be very good quality copies. Of course the best way to avoid buying a fake is to avoid those brands altogether and buy vintage brands. We've yet to come across a fake Waldybag or Fassbender and the quality is always superb. So if you're looking for an exquisite quality handbag, for yourself or for a gift, (a perfect Christmas gift...) one which would be unique and stylish would be a fabulous vintage Kelly bag, made by one our our high end British brands (the designer bags of their day), particularly in crocodile, snakeskin or lizard and made in the heyday of British handbags between the 40s/70s. No one's going to be carrying the same handbag and no one's going to look at your vintage Waldybag and wonder if it's the real thing or a fake...
Check out the new 'handbag hall', or should that be 'handbag heaven', opening at Selfridges in Oxford Street, London. We think a 'Wow!' is in order. At over 60,000 sq ft it rivals Wembley Stadium and is large enough to accommodate over 70,000 handbags and accessories at prices up to £20,000. So with a cocktail bar in situ, all it needs is hotel rooms above to provide the perfect girlie weekend away! But we suggest that after marvelling at the size of the department and admiring the current 'it' bags, you demonstrate your individuality, style and flair by choosing instead to buy our exquisite Brand Spanking Vintage handbags, which are not only high end, top quality and beautifully made but also authentic vintage and unique.
Goodwood Revival 2016 is over for another year, so how was it for you? Did you get drenched or have to wear a plastic rainmac over your vintage finery on Day 2? We felt so sorry for all of you elegant ladies (and gentlemen) who spent all year putting together just the perfect vintage outfit, then had to cover it up or get soaked. Although we have to say that the ladies below in their rain ponchos look wonderful, notwithstanding the rain! But there were two days of sunshine, so for a British Summer two out of three isn't bad. We haven't seen photos of the 'Best Dressed' winners yet, so if you are a winner, or feel like one and would like to share your fabulousness, send us a photo and we'll publish it on our website to spread the vintage word and give inspiration to those planning to go next year. Hope those of you who went had a ball, despite the weather...
We have just been sent this article lamenting the inability of ordinary mortals (being insufficiently posh or well connected) to purchase the holy grail of handbags, a Hermés Kelly bag (well they are rather nice). Apparently, large wads of cash alone are not enough to purchase these coveted and inflation busting items of fabulousness. It seems, judging by those that have managed to acquire one (or several), that in order to be able to purchase one, one has to have a Title, an illustrious pedigree, a (high)media profile, be a top model, an internationally renowned actress or pop star, or be married to a footballer and, ideally, all of the above. If ALL of the those criteria are fulfilled, one may even get to choose the material, size and colour of the coveted Kelly. For those of us who don't fall into any of the above categories, (or who do but don't wish to spend the equivalent of a small hatchback on a handbag) we can console ourselves with a classic and exquisite vintage handbag by Waldybag, Lederer, Launer, Riviera, Fassbender...in the certain knowledge that we are individual and unique, whether at work or for weddings, graduations, investitures or any other formal occasions, knowing that no one else will have the same. So, are you posh enough not to have a Hermés Kelly?
'It is not possible to order a colour. We get orange or red sometimes, and the odd time an off-white grey,' according to the sales assistant
If you didn't watch the documentary 'Inside Asprey' last week, it's really worth catching it on ITVplayer. Amongst the trinkets and baubles on display was a limited collection of exquisite(?) bespoke, exotic skin jewelled handbags in very vibrant and distinctive colours (orange and mauve for one colour combination), at prices ranging from a snip at just over £30,000 to a high end £80,000. All was not going well, only a few of the handbags had been sold after several weeks, so in the hope of bagging a few sales, specially selected clients were invited in to a tea party to peruse said handbags. Sadly no one turned up, at which point Carson from Downton Abbey the programme narrator, in a master of understatement solemnly intoned that the private handbag collection was 'under performing'. Fortunately, avoiding almost total ruin for the poor sales guy charged with selling them (a rather sweet 'resting' actor on commission), a Middle Eastern princess snapped up a dozen of the handbags and whisked them off to sunnier climes where no doubt a jewelled handbag in orange and mauve crocodile makes a perfect beach bag.
We've been reading an article which suggests that carrying a large tote in the crook of the arm (as Victoria Beckham is in the photo below), whilst making us look effortlessly chic and ladylike, can be a health hazard! The premise is that if the bag is crammed full with all the 'stuff' we carry around, the weight of it on the crook of the arm can cause shoulder problems, torn muscles and inflamed tendons (ouch). So, a large tote is very useful but lets face it, if we have a big bag we are going to fill it, and with stuff we don't actually need every day. The solution to this problem we suggest is to pare down to items that we really do need to carry on a particular day (we don't always need an umbrella, that book, a pashmina, spare tights...) which means we can often carry a small and dainty handbag just large enough to accommodate essentials and still look effortlessly chic and ladylike...plus saving ourselves a trip to A&E. And since the trend is for smaller handbags, with many high end designers creating mini versions of their larger bags (with some at not so mini prices), get ahead of the game, check out our vintage Kelly bags pronto and give those muscles and tendons a well earned rest. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/style/skinny-jeans-health-hazard-high-heels-handbags-nerve-damage/
At BSV we love the dainty and ladylike style and the exceptional quality of our vintage Kelly bags, particularly those from high end brands such as Eros, Waldybag, Widegate, Freedex, Ackery and Fassbender. We appreciate the superb quality, craftsmanship and exquisite design of these vintage handbags which were de riguer in the 50s, 60s and 70s but alas are no longer generally made and not available on the high street. Please take a look at our extensive collection for some of the best examples of these handbags we can find. A beautiful original vintage handbag can add just the right touch of individuality and style to any contemporary outfit and can be worn for virtually any occasion. These handbags also make the perfect gift.