I’ve had really good fortune finding clutch handbags recently and several have been leather. It’s always fun to find party bags like the one below but most are made of cloth or vinyl – even the old ones – a true vintage leather bag is a real treasure!
The bag on top, however, is my greatest love. It’s from the Forties or Fifties and is SO elegant. The style is superbly simple, but the design is unusual. Picture holding the bag with both hands, with the front facing you as in the photo. Place your thumbs on the metal tabs at each side and push gently – that releases the clasps to open the bag! I love the creative closures that are on many of the best vintage handbags. Some of them locked in place, and it was a puzzle to figure out how to release them the first time. This bag posed that problem to me for a few seconds.
Both these handbags have smooth, clean linings and pretty pockets inside. I’ve been fortunate enough to discover accessory items which were really well cared-for by their original owners so have hardly any damage. Many women used to tuck them away in drawers and closets with tissue-paper wrappings and stuffing, saving and protecting them for the next special occasion – or for the next woman who would love them. . . . . . .
More to come . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY