Four Great Options If You’re Looking to Purchase a Vintage Bag for Your First

Because who says your first bag shouldn't have had a life before it was yours...

A first bag is a big deal, and whether you want it to be or not, ultimately it can feel like a massive decision. And when it comes to designer bags, a first bag means different things to different people, not to mention varying budgets. For some of us, our first bag was a gift, while for others, the big first is a symbol of hard work – be it a milestone like a graduation or maybe it was the first thing you bought when you started your career.

Regardless, making the decision to start your luxury bag collection can be a tough decision to make! Not to mention the constant price increases from holy grail brands like Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton can make the task of saving feel daunting. Fortunately, the resale market is a great way to go, and with vintage bags being more popular than ever, there’s never been a better time to go vintage for your first designer bag!

Below we’re rounding up four great vintage bags to consider if you want to take the vintage route for your first big bag buy.

Gucci Bamboo

When it comes to Gucci, if you’re considering getting a vintage Gucci bag for your first designer bag, you must consider something Gucci Bamboo. At first glance, you might think logo love is the way to go, and while yes, vintage GG Supreme is also a great choice, nothing beats classic Gucci Bamboo. One of the most recognizable and inventive elements in handbag history, Gucci’s Bamboo bags are as timeless and classic as they come, but fear not, they can be worn in a variety of ways. Plus, many different vintage silhouettes offer the iconic Gucci Bamboo element, so you will surely find a bag that suits you.

Gucci Bamboo Handle Bag

Chanel Diana

The Chanel Diana is one of the most sought-after vintage creations designed during the Karl Lagerfeld era. Produced from 1989 until the mid-1990s, the design closely resembles the Chanel Single Flap, and most notably, it was seen on the arm of the late Princess Diana, hence the bag’s name. The Chanel Diana is a true classic, the ultimate vintage bag, it’s relatively readily available on the resale market, and deal hunters can find one that’s more affordable with patience and some digging.

Chanel Diana Bag

Chanel Diana Bag
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Louis Vuitton Alma

For generations, many handbag lovers have started their collections with Louis Vuitton, and for good reason! With humble beginnings as a luggage maker, Louis Vuitton bags are stylish and durable, meaning you can find amazing quality for a great deal. While the Speedy is a nice option as well, for a more understated vintage bag, opt for an Alma in Epi leather. Louis Vuitton has released a stunning range of colors of Epi leather over the years, and the resale market is chock full of great options. I’d opt for a green or yellow — modern and timeless at the same time! With so many leather bags from premiere designers topping the $3k and even $4k mark, a vintage Alma is a true steal!

Louis Vuitton Epi Alma

Bottega Intrecciatio

Speaking of recognizable handbag techniques, few other Houses have honed in on and perfected one specific technique in the way that Bottega Veneta has mastered Intrecciato. Bottega’s brand DNA is rich in Italian culture but still possesses a global appeal, and at its core, the brand’s philosophy lies in creating pieces that will become part of its owner’s life for decades to come. Introduced in the early 1970s, the distinctive and intricate Intrecciato Weave has become synonymous with the House. Not only that, it has also become a staple technique in the handbag world. It’s still wildly produced, making a vintage Intrecciato bag a great choice.

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1 year ago

I can attest for the Diana. I have one (purchased in the resale market) from the early 90’s and the quality and smoothness of the lambskin seems to only have gotten better with time. It’s hard to fathom the bag being 30+ years old. Plus an added bonus that it has 24k GHW.