Vintage Hand-Me-Downs? Yes Please!

I'm here today with a fashion find quickie, Shoestringers! We all love stretching our wardrobe dollars with Goodwill goodies and consignment shop treasure. But it's even better when a gorgeous find makes its way into your hands for free. My very fashionable friend Gisela recently gifted me with a swell handmade leather bag, a vintage Etienne Aigner she's had so long she said she'd have to hunt through her picture albums to date it! The bag wears its age well and it's a lovely piece. But of course, Gisela has an eye for style. Regular readers will remember her gorgeous Burberry trench I profiled last year. But enough with Burberry, back to the bag...

I haven't been able to identify the exact model or production date but looking at pictures of similar older-style Aigner bags online the color of this bag is most likely what was called Oxblood. Inside it simply says "Aigner hand made" (see photograph below).

What I love about this very simple shoulder bag is the structure and attention to detail in the construction. The leather has been beautifully molded into a sturdy, yet poetic curve at each bottom corner. The metal hardware is all intact and, though it had accumulated a fair bit of tarnish, shined up nicely with a jewelry cleaning cloth. All in all, this is a unique piece of arm candy that will be a useful and stylish addition to my purse collection.

Oh and one other thing, the sumptuous red and gold fabric the bag is displayed against is a scarf my bff Namrata gave me when she visited this fall. I featured her in my Rainy Day Reads post on Boston's famed Brattle Book Shop. My, but it's fun to have such fashionable friends!


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