(First published on July 31, 2017)
We had our first foray into vintage Gucci bags, especially the Gucci Accessory Collection in this post.
Vintage Gucci bags are as ever as popular as the contemporary bags. Most people who begin with their Gucci journey inherit an item or two from yesteryears. These bags also are consistently listed on Ebay or other online selling platforms.
But just because a bag is vintage doesn’t mean it is authentic. We have authenticated several items claimed to be vintage, but turned out to be fake. You cannot sell fake items on Ebay, by the way!
(Hint: Some of the vintage Gucci bags you are looking for might appear in this post discussing Gucci print ads and campaigns through the years!)
In this section, I will be posting a couple of vintage Gucci bags, some of which are from the vintage Gucci Accessory Collection.
The Gucci Accessory Collection is an interesting piece of Gucci history that was made from 1979 until the late 1990s. It has been widely available in airports and department stores.
Opinions are divided, and one school of thought argues that this collection has cheapen the Gucci brand. Production cost was on the lower-end.
It will be interesting to look at the details on the hardware, leather and monogram print.
Using less hardware and leather out of pigskin, the usual combination are:
- navy GG monogram print + navy leather trim + navy/red web stripe details, and
- beige/ebony GG monogram print + brown leather trim + red/green web strip details.
The leather, being pigskin, has the distinct follicle marks; while fake Gucci Accessory Collection bag usually utilizes smoother cow skin leather and vinyl trims. A perfect example is the vintage fake clutch I have used back in 2007 (which is the starting point of my Gucci journey).
Aside from the Gucci leather tag and serial number, some vintage GAC bags also have a paper tag beneath. But through use and old age, it is not uncommon to see these tags get removed. Here is an example of an authentic paper tag.
Some authentic vintage Gucci bags also had a “G.GUCCI” engraving on their hardware, probably from the 1980s.
As mentioned here, vintage Gucci linings tend to break down, so be attentive with the details of Gucci bags for sale on Ebay.
The photos below are some examples and details of authentic vintage Gucci bags that are not from the Gucci Accessory Collection:
When buying vintage Gucci purses on Ebay, always ask for question on wear and tear. Gucci bags stand the test of time, but they are not infallible. It is particularly not desirable to have a flaking lining and ruin your stuff.
You can have us look at your bag and assess its authenticity.
Next in the series, I will be discussing Gucci outlet bags.
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