WGACA Hermes Vintage Crocodile Bags, $8000 ShopBop here and here

If you’re not familiar with vintage powerhouses What Goes Around Comes Around, you should be. The New York-based retro aggregator, often abbreviated WGACA, searches out and resells some of the best pre-owned duds in the country, and today, that includes two lovely Hermes Vintage Crocodile Bags that are up for grabs via ShopBop. They’re very Betty Draper, right? Or maybe they’re more Trudie Campbell…

ShopBop doesn’t list the era from which either of these bags originated, but they look an awful lot like the small, structured, elbow-carried bags that were popular among wealthy women of the Mad Men era – the late 50s and early 60s. Hermes was at the top of the leather goods mountain back then as well (and the brand often plays a part in the show, come to think of it), so these two bags, which both lack external branding, are among the finest examples of the period’s luxury handbags.

Looking at these designs makes it easy to see where the inspiration for the currently trendy ladybags comes from, and then they’re Hermes croc on top of it. For $8000 apiece, you’d have the be a serious vintage hound or Hermes fangirl to buy one, but right now I’m missing Mad Men so much that if I were asininely rich, I might consider it. Then all I’d need is one of Joan’s dresses…well, and her hips. Buy through ShopBop for $8000 here and here.

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  • rose60610

    These bags compel me to get a croc bag.

  • Wyatt

    Shopbob listed the bag as ‘Croc embossed’, so it’s not real croc…

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      I’ve never known Hermes to do faux exotics (and usually when it’s faux, a product title just says “croc” instead of “crocodile”), but we’ve got an email in to ShopBop to clarify what the material actually is. If it’s faux, these bags are waaaay overpriced.

      • Graciella

        You’re right Amanda, Hermes never did any faux exotics. Anyway, I have the right one (Boutonniere) in box leather and it’s lovely :-)

  • J Umm

    can’t say i’m excited.
    STYLE DECORUM

  • Graciella

    Edit: the right one is a Boule, not a Boutonniere (the flap is slightly different). Still a great bag though!

  • marinaharbour

    8000 dollars is insane!! I don’t care if it’s croc, vintage or whatever! I don’t even think the bag is so great either!

  • 19yearslater

    I tried to get into Mad Men. The fashion was great, but I didn’t love the plot.

  • Julie

    I love Hermes! So classic

  • emilylouboutin

    If you’re not familiar with vintage powerhouses What Goes Around Comes Around, you should be. The New York-based retro aggregator, often abbreviated WGACA, searches out and resells some of the best pre-owned duds in the country, and today, that includes two lovely Hermes Vintage Crocodile Bags that are up for grabs via ShopBop. They’re very Betty Draper, right? Or maybe they’re more Trudie Campbell…

  • Elyse Greenberg

    they are very mad men-esque.

  • Shirley J

    oh la la

  • camilla

    Hermes all my life

    • Danybsaibess

      hermers le prix s oublie la qualitee reste  dany from lebanon