I was thrilled to be asked to do an Instagram-takeover for Vintage Heirloom as it’s my favourite place to buy vintage. I have been a customer of theirs for quite some time now & have amassed quite a collection of unique pieces – so many in fact, that it was hard to narrow it down to a few for IG! Therefore I thought I’d share the rest of my collection here.
I have been collecting vintage bags from them, for quite some time now. It all started with my Louis Vuitton Alma, closely followed by my black Chanel tote.
Probably one of the best ways to start a vintage collection (unlike me) is to start with something small such as a purse, makeup bag or jewellery.
These Chanel brooches are great as they can be used in all sorts of ways and can instantly transform a hat or jacket into a total Chanel look. Not only do I use them on shirt and jacket pockets, but I also put them on scarves, coat belts, collars, hats and even in my hair (just make sure it’s secure though)!
Having a degree in valuing Fine Art and having worked briefly in a few auction houses, I really appreciate pieces with longevity and provenance, so I guess collecting vintage was inevitable. Plus I can always argue that they’re investment pieces if my husband discovers them!
Louis Vuitton monogram is one of those things you either love or hate. What I love about it is; the coated canvas is extremely hard-wearing; it goes with nearly everything and it can be worn in all seasons. The Alma, (on the far right) was my first purchase but I probably get more use out of the LV luggage on the far left and the vintage Celine backpack.
These pieces are great travel companions as they are light-weight & durable.
After buying a few black Chanel bags and having quite a colourful wardrobe, I decided to invest in some more unusual and colourful vintage pieces.
These bags are great for Spring and Summer (I like to buy different shapes, sizes, and materials, as well as different colours). The vintage Gucci is a great size and extremely light-weight, so I tend to use it a lot for travelling. I love the unexpected canvas & leather combination of the brown and cream Chanel…
…and the large blue tote comes in handy when travelling with kids or with a lot of gym and swim gear.
The pale blue Chanel is simply stunning…
… I love the lady-like shape with the unusual colour & silver hardware – it’s such a great combination.
One of my newest additions is this Balenciaga orange basket – as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be a great addition to my Summer wardrobe and would go brilliantly with my multiplying Missoni collection.
Last but definitely not least are my black Chanel bags (which are a great investment as they can be worn all year round) and my much treasured green and burgundy bags.
You may wonder why I don’t have a black classic flap in my collection and that’s because I prefer the more unexpected and unusual bags. The chocolate bar quilting and camellia make this mini bag (far left) even more adorable and I love the jewel colours of green and burgundy which will be key next season and pretty much every Autumn and Winter after that!
I will write a further post on how I style my vintage Chanel in the Autumn/Winter when the weather gets cooler and another one on my other (yes, there are more!) vintage pieces which are not from Vintage Heirloom.
These vintage pieces really are surprisingly versatile and yet so timeless, ageless and effortlessness. I particularly love Vintage Heirloom as they offer a life-time authenticity guarantee along with unique pieces that are really well described and photographed, with amazing customer service. They so clearly love vintage and the history behind the pieces which makes shopping with them a real pleasure.
I’d love to hear what your favourite pieces are from your private collections (or mine – I couldn’t possibly choose!) and any questions or requests for future blog posts are welcome.
Have I got enough vintage? Maybe. Do I plan to buy more? Yes! I am hoping to find a red Chanel 7″ mini flap next – just don’t tell my husband!
(All styling & photography by me, unless stated otherwise. Please credit me for any reposts.)