These days it seems like every time you turn around, a heritage brand is bringing back a specific bag design from its archives. There’s the Dior Saddle Bag, the Fendi Baguette, Gucci’s Jackie 1961, Diana, Horsebit 1955, and the House’s latest, the Blondie Bag; shall I go on?
What’s Old is New
Earlier this spring I went on about the fact that the Fendi Spy Bag is primed for a comeback and Megs too agreed that this bag could see the light of day once again. But it didn’t stop there, as Vogue writer Liana Satenstein echoed the same thoughts a week later and it suddenly seemed like every fashion girl ever was about to run to the resale market to find a Fendi Spy (and yes, prices have gone up a couple hundred dollars).
Out With the Old? Or…
After writing about the return of the Fendi Spy, my cousin Erica sent me a message out of sheer panic that she’d given a limited-edition Spy bag to Goodwill a bunch of years back. My jaw hit the floor, but I sympathized, as there was a time I almost gave away a Dior Saddle Pochette in a similar fashion. Back in 2012, the Dior Saddle Bag was way past its prime.
I had just graduated college and was focused on cleaning out my closet and upgrading my wardrobe. A quick eBay search showed that my Saddle Pochette, which I had purchased for $350 in 2003, was worth a mere $75. Bummer. I couldn’t bear the thought of just giving it away, so I shoved it to the back of my closet where I assumed it would remain to collect dust.
Five years later and the Saddle bag was back. Big time. I was then 28 and living on my own in New York City and I pulled that little Saddle Bag out from the depths of my jam-packed closet. Not only was I excited to use it again because it was back in style, but I got a bit of a thrill from the fact that I had kept it for all those years.
Whenever I wear it and someone asks me about it I proudly tell them that it’s a vintage piece from my very own closet! Sure, I could sell it today for about $900, but I wouldn’t dream of it. I’m glad I didn’t sell her all those years ago, and I definitely think twice now about selling my bags.