To many vintage handbag collectors, fashion is portable art.
Throughout the 20th century, styles varied as fashion trends transformed; the 1910s and ’20s, for example, brought along mesh or Mandolin bags, often in Egyptian Revival style or with Asian influences.
Some purses may not have been used much or at all, but may have been improperly stored, leading to fading, mildewing and other adverse conditions.
“Remember that the whole point in investing in fashion is that it is wearable at the same time as being a piece of art.
You can always send an email to the maker if it is still in business, and ask if they know anything about the purse you are interested in.In the 1930s and ’40s, basic black leather bags were the norm, including those made by designers such as Bienen-Davis, Coblentz, and Ingber.Handbag producers also started using materials like animal skins, woods, fabric, and early plastics as designers starting to experiment with shapes.This is also when high-end designers started creating the signature bags that would become timeless classics.While some collectors buy these classic handbags to keep on display (or wear with caution), others buy purely to invest in something that will, over the years, increase in value.