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Just in Case

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This week we found this nearly flawless, vintage 1960s faux snakeskin beauty case from Verymelicious on etsy. A great find at only $27. Click on the images below to see the seller’s listing.

Written by Verdell

May 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Chartreuse Set

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Marilyn Monroe was buried in chartreuse, the color of her favorite Pucci dress. Chartreuse is a tricky color. It’s somewhere between green and yellow and I’m never quite sure if I love it or hate it. But today I am enamored with it because I found this unusual, vintage suede purse with matching gloves, both wrapped in brown leather trim. $50 on eBay. Click on the images below to see the listing.

Written by Verdell

November 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

The Long View

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Here on the blog, we like our handbags long and strong and we’re down to get the friction on (apologies to Sir Mix-a-Lot).

Sometimes, a handbag is just a handbag. Nothing more than a utilitarian vessel for your crap. Sometimes they are status symbols, carried by it girls and celebrities and coveted by the middle class. Then there are the rare ones. So astonishing on their own, they become part of the outfit.

I own such a handbag.

At an imposing 22 inches in length, my vintage black leather clutch, with its brass frame and sleek, single compartment, is the first to arrive at the party and the last to leave. One does not take this purse out on the town, the purse takes you.

It’s not easy to find an impressive specimen like mine on the Internet. If you’re in the market for an extra long purse that will command a room, you can’t really search for purses by length, it’s tedious. And length is not just important here. It’s everything. The handbags you browse must be 14 inches or longer. 16 to 18 inches is ideal. For maximum drama, 20+ inches is the holy grail. And rare. If you find one, buy it. Immediately. You’re not searching for shoulder bags here. You want clutches, envelope purses, baguettes. Vintage categories will produce better results.

To help you along on your quest, below I have assembled the results of my latest extra-long handbag search. Click on each image to see the full listing.

22 inches! Incredible vintage burgundy clutch on eBay. A rare find. $99.

19 inches! Vintage black patent super long clutch from NanasMercantile on etsy. $47.50.

18.5 inches. Vintage tapestry clutch on eBay. $45.

16 inches. Vintage 1960s exquisite white clutch from ayek8 on etsy. $24.

17 inches. Vintage 1970s extra-long silver clutch with purple lining on eBay. $16.95.

16 inches. Vintage 1950s to 1960s Cadillac clutch from gokittengo77 on etsy. $24.

18 inches. Vintage, light yellow, woven (possibly silk) purse with plaid interior from dancingwindcreations on etsy. $40.

15 inches. Vintage 1950s dark brown elongated clutch from theswankyfox on etsy. $18.

14.5 inches. 1970s beige foldover clutch from rockthisvintage on etsy. $20.

14 inches. Vintage 1960s black patent leather zippered envelope by anewlife on etsy. $28.

14.5 inches. Vintage 1960s white clutch from charlialana on etsy. $16.

14 inches. Vintage 1960s brown vinyl handbag from newtovous on etsy. $34.99.

16 inches. Vintage 1950s oversized clutch from shhbang on etsy. $60.

18 inches. Vintage extra-long carpetbagger clutch from diddle47 on etsy. $35.

Egyptian Revival

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Earlier this year, after a violent revolution that lasted 18 days, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down, ending three decades of mostly unchallenged rule.

To celebrate the tenacity and courage of the citizens of Egypt, we are having an Egyptian revival here on the blog, featuring a collection of vintage (or vintage-y) Egyptian-inspired artifacts our fashion archeologists dug up on etsy and eBay this week. Think of this as ammo for your one-person fashion revolution. Click on each image below to see the full listing.

Vintage 1960s/1970s goddess dress with screen printed hieroglyphs, gorgeous pleats and a matching belt, by Alfred Shaheen. $149 on eBay.


Vintage Egyptian revival necklace on eBay. Starting bid $8.99.


Vintage geometric Egyptian-inspired top from SpunSugarVintage on etsy. $22.


Pharaoh head earrings by sheilabjewels on etsy. $35.


Vintage robe with Egyptian motif from FabFoundFrocks on etsy. $64.


Vintage 1980s Egyptian print maillot on eBay. $24.99.



Vintage hieroglyphs dress from AfternoonShowers on etsy. $43.



Vintage Egyptian revival cufflinks on eBay. Starting bid $4.99.


Vintage 1970s disco shirt with camels and pyramids from Flashbax on etsy. $10.


Vintage Egyptian twins leather handbag from LuckyRabbitShoppe on etsy. $25.


Vintage 1960s maillot from pineapplemint on etsy. $19.20.


Egyptian king earrings by irenebreeden on etsy. $8.



Vintage 1970s Egyptian embroidered tunic from lusciousvintage on etsy. $38.


Vintage 1970s Egyptian sphinx top from SallyJaneVintage on etsy. $26.


Vintage 1980s Egyptian Queen Nefertiti skirt from streeturchinvintage on etsy. $33.