Every handbag collector wants to buy a high-quality vintage purse instead of a fabulous fake. However, some of them may don’t know how to identify vintage bags. In general, when buying vintage purses, you should check their outer skin, stitching and lining.
1. Collect basic information
Read books about vintage purse history from public library. Search for pictures of past and current handbag designs. You not only will know some information about vintage purse collections but also uncover information about the variety of themes and bag shapes produced by various design companies.
2. Look for defects in the handbag lining
The lining is certainly an indicator. For most vintage purses, they use finest faille, including cotton or silk lining that lays flat along the bag’s interior. And, you will never feel rough or gathers at the seams if you touch the lining of an authentic vintage handbag.
3. Check the purse
The vintage purse has a strong leather smell, showing the authenticity of the bag. Under good conditions, vintage purse will never have frayed edges or seams that have tiny rips due to old age.
4. Study seams and stitches
High-quality vintage purses have straight seams. There are jagged or irregular seams around the zippers or handles or outer corners of a vintage purse.
5. Look at the inside labels
Purses, designed by famous design houses such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton or Chanel, may contain labels with the designer’s logo embossed or stamped inside. For instance, you will find silver or gold logo in each vintage Chanel handbag’s lining.
6. Search styles and design themes
Visit your favorite handbag designer’s retail store or website, and then view past as well as current collections to search styles and design themes, helping identify antique purses.