I like my bags new and shiny. I like my bags old and grubby. Ok, maybe not grubby, but slightly flawed with ‘character’ marks, nicks and scuffs. Which is the beauty of pre-loved, vintage pieces in the first place. And whenever I need to get my fix, I would trawl eBay’s Japanese resellers, what with their good ‘thousand-star’ ratings, honesty regarding the condition of the item they are selling and the huge 80s boom which has left a large amount of pre-loved inventory circulating amongst the dealers.
Sure there are advantages buying pre-loved, vintage pieces. For one thing, they are almost always one-of-a-kind, and you won’t run the risk of running into someone with the same bag, not like events these days when everyone’s toting a Classic Flap. They are also rather affordable, and chances are you’ll find something nice at a much lower asking price than something that’s new at the boutique. It should also be considered a form of recycling, which is always a good thing, no?
My search keywords are almost always the same on eBay, from ‘vintage Coach’ and ‘vintage Hermes’ to ‘Gucci Bamboo’, and then there’s ‘Chanel briefcase’, which brings us to today’s find. Measuring some 37 cm across by 28 cm in height, it’s a vintage Chanel briefcase that comes with a shiny large gold clasp in a style that was popular way back when. Made of canvas, there are currently 3 on offer on eBay with prices varying from USD498 to USD748, which isn’t so bad for Chanel. The only downside, most are peeling at the edges, so it really boils down to how much distress you can take.
I’ve always wanted one of these, so maybe I’ll get one, slap on some cool embroidered iron-on patches and hang a Bag Bug off it. Would be quite cute, right?