For this vintage bag, here’s a vintage post from early in the blog in 2013. This purse is a keeper and a testimony to my love of frame bags. The post I wrote in 2013 explains why. My mom really taught me to love high quality at low prices. I like to think she’d be proud of my taste in bags. Rest in peace, Mom.
I have a thing for frame bags. I remember playing in my mom’s closet when I was little, and finding her frame bags and just opening and closing them. Some of the hinges and closures were so cool. Yes, my love of bags began in my mom’s closet. There was a vast array of purses to choose from. She was seriously into Aigner. She also had this patchwork leather satchel in colorful neutrals – totally ’70s. I wish I knew what happened to that bag because I would rock it with abandon.
So when I saw this Oroton frame bag at my favorite Goodwill, I thought ok, this could be cool. It reminded me of something my mom would own. I got closer and touched the leather, opened and closed it a few times, and was entirely on board. Now, I had never heard of this brand, but that wasn’t going to stop me from making a purchase. I was just happy to have something that reminded me of her. Here’s another case of a bag that I don’t carry often, but I like to look at it.
I like carrying bags on my wrist or by the handles, and that’s how I carry this bag, even though it has a removable crossbody strap. The quality is impressive. So I googled it earlier and found out about Oroton. Made in Sydney, Australia, “luxury” bag makers, high-end stuff.
Then I tried to find a picture of my exact purse. I could tell from the style that it was a little older, so I wasn’t sure I would find it. And then, there it was – on ebay.com.au where the bidding began at $79 and is up to $182.50 with a little over 5 hours to go. I paid $8 for mine: score and a great reminder of someone I deeply miss.
Ah, I remember finding this one at St. Vincent de Paul in Mt. Washington for $6. I just saw one online for $165. Woven kilim style carpet bag with a doctor bag style hinged closure by T Cappelli in Plano, Texas. Complete with four brass feet, and a detachable crossbody strap, the brand is recognizable by the single ring on the handle. These bags were made in the 1980s, which is just my style. Well, usually. I grew up in the 80s, so let’s just say it’s my style era. Last year, I wrote: I enjoyed carrying it today and got lots of comments on it. I had it full of stuff, and the magnet closure did not fail. Can’t wait to carry it again in the future. This picture was taken in my office last April.
A vintage leather tooled bag that reminds me of my mom that I said I’d never get rid of us up for grabs today. I’m tired, missed a day yesterday, and don’t feel like talking about how much my mom loved bags like this. Someone out there will love this bag and use it well.
If you like bag 31, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with bag 31, your name, your address.
Throwback Thursday on a Wednesday to the 80s when some people had bags like this that I couldn’t afford. Yes – this is a vintage Blackwatch plaid Ralph Lauren Polo saddlebag crossbody. I got it for Kaia because she likes stuff like this but it found its way to the giveaway basket. The girls also offer bags for the giveaway. Often they’re bags that I bought for them, but not always.
If you had a blast in the 80s or wish you did, this Polo purse will bring you to that Xanadu you’ve been looking for. If you like this bag, email me at email@example.com with the following information: bag 7, your name, your address. Thanks!
My mom loved Aigner bags. I mean she had them in every size and style. Maybe not every. But she loved Aigner like I love Fossil – and she had a collection. I can remember that she loved the shoes, too and had matching shoes and bags. Navy. Spectator. And of course, the classic burgundy color that you immediately recognize as being a vintage Aigner bag. When I saw this at Goodwill it brought back all of the memories of my mom styling with her Aigner bags. It brought back lots of good memorires of us shopping and her trying on shoes down at Crown Shoes in Roselawn back in the day. Oh, well… when she died, I was on the outs with fashion and I got rid of lots of bags that I wish I’d kept. That’s cool, though. I have the memories and the photos.
This shoulder bag has a large middle section with a zipper pocket, and two large pockets on either side with a front flap closure and adjustable strap.
Another vintage bag coming your way – this is a Brio bag, ’70s/’80s style convertible clutch and shoulder bag or crossbody. It’s leather and patent leather. I saw it at Goodwill and thought WOW. I just love vintage bags and rounded things. If you do too, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My sweet daughter has been taking the pics for me while I’m away from home – love her.
Okay, I struggled with myself to let this one go. This is a vintage Liz Claiborne purse, 100% coated cotton with leather trim. I mean, it screams 80s and early 90s. And of course, all that stuff is back again. If you need a lightweight bag, this is it. The drawstring closure with the wooden beads will take you right back to your mustard oversized button down and your multi-colored loafers. Oh wait, that was me. Email me with “bag 9” at email@example.com and make everything old new again.
my mom has been on my mind a lot lately. i mentioned in a previous post how much her love of accessories has influenced me. she had some amazing bags, i can’t BELIEVE i was not into fashion at the time of her death, and can’t remember what happened to many of her bags. i probably gave them away; i know i gave some to good friends of hers.
she would have really appreciated this purse. i bought it because when i saw it, i was immediately transported to her closet, which held similar purses. she loved tooled leather. she would use a purse until the edges began to unravel. i checked this bag carefully for any signs of wear, and other than slight wear in the strap from where the buckle was obviously buckled for years, i can’t find any.
what i did find were these tickets. while i waited for my daughter to sing in her final concert with bel canto, i decided to take a picture of the purse at the venue. i started looking for the manufacturer – checking pockets, zipping and unzipping zippers, and found these tickets deep in the interior zippered pockets. they’re for the Frozen Niagara at Mammoth Cave National Park. you can see the price of the tour was $1, today the tour costs $10. to add to the mystery, there’s no date on the tickets. so i checked some inflation rates and value of a dollar along with some images of similar purses online to guesstimate the age of the bag, somewhere in the 1940s – 1950s. cool!
so i feel good about owning a bit of beautiful history. seriously, every bit of the bag that is visible is tooled. i love a mystery, so finding the tickets was exciting for me and my middle daughter, upon whose lap the bag is sitting. and i have great memories of Frances Ann. i happily paid $20 for this bag at my favorite goodwill. thank you to whomever enjoyed it long ago and took such good care of it. until today, i’ve enjoyed looking at it hanging on a hook on the door of my closet. it’s a reminder of a beautiful person gone too soon, yet still with me.
well, this is a case of a very, very lucky find at goodwill. maybe a couple of years ago, i saw this bag hanging on the rack at my favorite goodwill. the leather looked real, and when i saw jil sander stamped on the front, i was pretty sure it wasn’t a fake. so i checked inside. the interior is just as luxurious as the exterior. there’s a low pocket that acts as a divider, and a zipper pouch reserved for my phone. the straps are long, and it holds my water bottle – win. it elevates any outfit and, well – it makes me feel special. all that class for $10.
i saved this bag until the second half of the journey so that i wouldn’t use all of my favorite favorites in the first week. mondays are my day for errands, dr. appointments for myself or the girls, and volunteering. i also try to catch my friend jill for a commiserative chat about our hs seniors. realization of the day – life comes at you fast. take it slow as often as you can. peace.