A Roger Vivier Spring 2008 archival bag via Vogue.com

Roger Vivier is a company that never does quite what’s expected when it comes to handbag an shoe design, and for the launch of its online store, Vivier has chosen to go a bit left-of-center from your standard online shopping outpost. Instead of vending current-season pieces like every other brand on the planet, starting in September, RogerVivier.com will allow fans of the brand to shop must-haves from seasons past that are still available in the Vivier archive.

According to Vogue, all the pieces will be new and unworn limited-production items from seasons past, so if you’ve been kicking yourself for half a decade about a beautiful brocade evening bag that you should have bought in 2006, this might be your second chance for fashion redemption. But the better question is, why don’t more brands do this?

The fashion industry, being the lover of “the old way” that it is, has just started to scratch the surface of the ways that technology and the Internet can revolutionize business. In the past, opening the company archives would have only been possible for a very small group of high-dollar clients who had patronized a fashion house for years, if not decades. But not anymore; brands have the option of offering archival pieces to clients around the world without taking up valuable product space at brick-and-mortar retail stores.

Embrace of the new among fashion’s old guard moves at a snail’s pace, but perhaps one day we’ll all be able to buy vintage Balmain straight from the source. Or what of Chanel’s surely grand archives? Can you even imagine what’s in there? Think on that for a few minutes if you need a break from Monday morning monotony, and then let us know which brands and which pieces you’d want in the comments.

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  • Penelope

    Lovely!

  • Maria

    Old Hermes scarves from the archives.

    Bottega Veneta discontinued or limited edition colors.

    Some of the original leather Coach accessories!

    Sigh! Would be fun to even walk through the wares, like a museum!

  • Judy

    Chanel handbags, of course.

  • kouturecrochet.com

    Hermes!

    Over the years have had inventive and fun cases and accerosies for everything under the sun. I have and love the Pear Wood pill box, but even though i am a lesbian i really wanted the condom case that was sold many years ago. they have playing card cases, and have had all manner of goodies over the years that i would LOVE to own.

    http://www.kouturecrochet.com

  • Barros

    Hello. I leave in Brasil and would like to know about the Paraty Bag. Does everybody know about the inspiration for the name of
    Chloe`s Paraty Bag ?

  • mochababe73

    Chanel and Hermes for handbags.
    Definitely something like Christian Dior for clothing. And, old school Halston.

  • JoJo

    CHANEL!
    Ooh, just imagine the beautiful bags they would have, tucked away and never being loved!

  • Jennifer

    Would love to shop the PRICES of yesteryear….

  • Devora

    Chanel and LV from early 1900

  • kb

    Gucci – Tom Ford era.

  • QQ

    Gucci – Hysteria!
    Chloe – when they did those neon-ish patent leather bags
    Moschino!!! 80s-90s
    Jil Sander

    err i could probably keep going on and on…

  • Mash

    BV Cervo platinum knot clutch fm F/W 2007
    Burberry Beaton bag in red/black patent F/W 2006
    Most importantly Alexander McQueen Samsonite ribcage suitcase in white, from 2006 :(

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