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Gucci Black Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag Purse
By Gucci
Located in Pasadena, CA
Black Gucci Leather Shoulder Bag Purse 2879-23-7252021. This bag is so simple and classic. It has silver stud accents on each corner of the front of the bag. Obvious signs of wear i...
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1990s Tote Bags

New Vintage Gucci " Anniversary Collection " Wallet Checkbook Purse
By Gucci
Located in San Diego, CA
Handsome brand new vintage Gucci "Anniversary Collection" wallet! Beautiful horsebit logo throughout, with plenty of interior pockets, including a zipped compartment. Can also accomm...
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1970s Wallets

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Backpack Leather Mini
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate creasing, wear, discoloration and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap. Cracking and splitting on flap closure and strap wax edges, fraying on handle base...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Backpack Leather Mini
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Slight odor in interior. Creasing, wear, scuffs and small marks on exterior and underneath flap, moderate cracking, peeling and splitting on strap base, closure trim...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Backpack Leather Medium
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and scuffs on exterior and underneath flap, heavy creasing on straps, peeling and splitting on strap and strap base wax edges. Minor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Backpack Leather Medium
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing, heavy wear and scuffs on exterior and straps, moderate cracking, splitting and peeling on front pocket flap, closure trim and strap wax edges. Wear in inte...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Backpack Leather Mini
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, moderate wear and scuffs on exterior, straps and underneath flap, cracking and splitting on front pocket flap, strap and strap trim wax e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Backpack Leather Mini
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing and scuffs on exterior, wear on base corners. Cracking and splitting on flap closure, handle base and strap wax edges, bubbling underneath flap, scratches a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Backpack Leather Mini
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior and strap, splitting on handle base and strap wax edges, discoloration in interior, scratches on hardware. Accessories: No Accessories Measurem...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Backpack Leather Mini
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Minor odor in interior. Moderate wear, creasing and scuffs on exterior and straps, heavy splitting on strap wax edges. Bubbling underneath flap, wear in interior scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

GUCCI Vintage Bag in Black Snake
By Gucci
Located in Paris, FR
Gucci vintage bag in black snake. The interior is lined in black leather with 2 pockets one closes with a snap and the other with a flap with snap. Golden metal hardware (passed) T...
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Late 20th Century Clutches

  • GUCCI Vintage Bag in Black Snake
  • GUCCI Vintage Bag in Black Snake
  • GUCCI Vintage Bag in Black Snake
  • GUCCI Vintage Bag in Black Snake
H 5.52 in. D 2.37 in. L 7.88 in.
1970s Gucci Black Suede Tiger Clasp Large Vintage 70s Handbag Purse Shoudler Bag
By Gucci
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare 70s GUCCI black suede leather tiger clasp shoulder bag ! Features black suede with gold hardware. Adjustable strap to make longer or shorter. Painted tiger enamel clasp closure....
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1970s Structured Shoulder Bags

GUCCI Brown Suede Vintage Bag
By Gucci
Located in Paris, FR
This GUCCI vintage bag is in brown suede. Closure by press button. The jewelry is in golden metal with the acronym "GG" on the front of the bag. The inner lining is brown leather wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • GUCCI Brown Suede Vintage Bag
  • GUCCI Brown Suede Vintage Bag
  • GUCCI Brown Suede Vintage Bag
  • GUCCI Brown Suede Vintage Bag
H 5.12 in. D 1.97 in. L 9.06 in.
Gucci Vintage White Lizard Skin Square Handbag, Circa 1960
By Gucci
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a rare vintage white lizard skin square shaped handbag by Gucci, from the 1960's. It has one handle which is 4.5" high, two main compartments, one with a zipper pocket and on...
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1960s Handbags and Purses

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Hobo Nylon Small
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Outlet. Heavy odor in interior. Creasing, wear and marks on exterior and in interior, scuffs and indentations on leather trims. Heavy scuffs and indentations on base trim,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Gucci Vintage Bamboo Hobo Nylon Small
  • Gucci Vintage Bamboo Hobo Nylon Small
  • Gucci Vintage Bamboo Hobo Nylon Small
  • Gucci Vintage Bamboo Hobo Nylon Small
H 7.5 in. W 9.5 in. D 6 in.
Gucci Vintage Monogram Canvas Cosmetic Case with Stripes
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Gucci Vintage beige Monogram Canvas Cosmetic Bag Clutch with Stripes. Beige Monogram Canvas with Brown Genuine Leather trim. Green/Red/Green stripes around the bag. Upper hook and lo...
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20th Century Clutches

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Backpack Leather Mini
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Creasing, scuffs and moderate wear on exterior, moderate cracking, splitting and peeling on strap, handle base and flap closure wax edges. Discolor...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Backpack Leather Mini
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing and wear on exterior, discoloration on drawstring. Cracking and splitting on strap and handle base and strap wax edges, scuffs underneath flap, scratches an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

GUCCI black leather VINTAGE MINI Backpack Bag
By Gucci
Located in Zürich, CH
Gucci vintage backpack in black calfskin with gold-tone hardware, bamboo top handle, dual adjustable flat shoulder straps, one exterior cargo pocket with bamboo turn-lock closures. L...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Navy Leather Clutch - GHW - Circa 1950's
By Gucci
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Gucci Vintage Navy Leather Clutch - GHW - Circa 1950's. The beautiful vintage clutch is in excellent vintage condition. It features a gold circular clasp and a blue jewel at center...
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1950s Clutches

Gucci Vintage Gucci 1970s Burgundy Monogram Canvas & Leather shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Gucci 1970s burgundy monogram canvas & leather shoulder bag. This early and rare bag has wide leather trimming along the zipper at the top, outlining each side like a frame f...
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1970s Shoulder Bags

Gucci Vintage Beige Monogram Canvas Cosmetic Case with Stripes
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Gucci Vintage beige Monogram Canvas Cosmetic Bag Clutch with Stripes. Beige Monogram Canvas with Brown Genuine Leather trim. Green/Red/Green stripes around the bag. Upper hook and lo...
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20th Century Clutches

Gucci Vintage White Leather Bucket Shoulder Bag with Stripes
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage Gucci shoulder bag crafted in white leather. Blue/Red/Blue stripes on the upper part of the bag. Gold metal G-shaped hardware on top. Magnetic button closure. White leather i...
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20th Century Backpacks

1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
GUCCI Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag Xupes Reference: CWAHF-HB009 Serial Number: 001-3191 1705 Age (Circa): 1990 Authenticity Details: Date Stamp (Made in Italy) Gender: Ladies Ty...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • 1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • 1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • 1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
  • 1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Shoulder Bag
H 14.18 in. W 14.18 in. D 1.19 in.
1990s Vintage GUCCI Beige Suede Mini Bamboo Backpack Bag
By Gucci
Located in Bangkok, TH
1990s Gucci mini backpack in beige colored suede/leather and Gucci iconic bamboo hardware featuring one interior zip pocket. The interior is lined with Gucci’s diamanté fabric. Made ...
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1990s Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Brown Canvas Bamboo Small Backpack Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage small backpack by Gucci, crafted in brown canvasand leather. It features Bamboo handle and and knob. 1 front pocket with twist lock closure. Flap closure and drawstring top o...
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20th Century Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Leather Clutch Bag in Brown
By Gucci
Located in Carnate, IT
Gucci Vintage Leather Clutch Bag in Brown Gucci clutch bag. In fabric (it would seem oilcloth) with equestrian pattern and leather. It can be used both as a cosmetic bag and as a c...
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Late 20th Century Clutches

  • Gucci Vintage Leather Clutch Bag in Brown
  • Gucci Vintage Leather Clutch Bag in Brown
  • Gucci Vintage Leather Clutch Bag in Brown
  • Gucci Vintage Leather Clutch Bag in Brown
H 5.91 in. W 9.06 in. D 2.76 in.
GUCCI Vintage Glossy Black Crocodile Bag
By Gucci
Located in Paris, FR
This GUCCI vintage bag is made of black crocodile. The clasp is in gold metal. The inner lining is black smooth leather with a large zipped pocket. The handle is adjustable, we notic...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

  • GUCCI Vintage Glossy Black Crocodile Bag
  • GUCCI Vintage Glossy Black Crocodile Bag
  • GUCCI Vintage Glossy Black Crocodile Bag
  • GUCCI Vintage Glossy Black Crocodile Bag
H 8.27 in. D 3.35 in. L 8.86 in.
Gucci Vintage Bamboo Bag size Unique
By Gucci
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Suede Red color Bamboo handles Can be carrried crossbody too 2 External pockets 2 Internal compartments divided by large zip pocket Additional internal zip pocket Cm 38 x 28 x 16 (14...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Gucci Vintage Brown Velvet Interlocking GG Clutch
By Gucci
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage Gucci clutch is made of brown velvet with Gucci’s signature GG monogram print and features brown leather finishes, a front flap with leather detail and a yellow leather ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Gucci Vintage Light Blue Suede Bamboo Small Backpack Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage small backpack by Gucci, crafted in orange suede and leather. It features Bamboo handle and and knob. 1 front pocket with twist lock closure. Flap closure and drawstring top ...
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20th Century Backpacks

Gucci Rare Vintage Black Silk Minaudiere Vanity Case Evening Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Stunning & rare evening vanity case/clutch purse by GUCCI from the early 60s! Black satin. Inside you can find everything you need for makeup: a mini comb, a powder compact with mirr...
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Mid-20th Century Clutches

Gucci Vintage Black GG Monogram Canvas Baguette
By Gucci
Located in London, GB
Gucci Vintage Black GG Monogram Canvas Baguette - Soft canvas body with piped leather edge - Retro baguette shape - Rodeo charm - Zipper top Materials: Canvas Leather M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Gucci Cream Shine Leather Vintage Lock Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
One cannot go wrong with a vintage piece like this Gucci bag. Add a stylish touch to your look with this cream bag. Carefully designed to evoke an expensive and fashionable feel, thi...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

1990 Gucci Black Suede Vintage Frame Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
GUCCI Black Suede Vintage Frame Shoulder Bag Xupes Reference: CWAHF-HB007 Serial Number: 001-1781-1864 Age (Circa): 1990 Authenticity Details: Date Stamp (Made in Italy) Gender: Lad...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Gucci Vintage Black Canvas Small Bamboo Backpack Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Vintage small backpack by Gucci, crafted in black canvas and leather. It features Bamboo handle and and knob. 1 front pocket with twist lock closure. Flap closure and drawstring top ...
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20th Century Backpacks

Gucci Vintage Light Blue Suede Small Camera Crossbody Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Small vintage Gucci crossbody bag in light blue suede with genuine leather trim. Front open pocket with drawstring detailing. Upper zipper closure. Blue suede lining. ' Made in Italy...
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20th Century Shoulder Bags

1970s Vintage GUCCI Brown Diamanté Jacquard Book Tote Bag
By Gucci
Located in Bangkok, TH
1970s Gucci book tote in Gucci iconic brown diamanté jacquard and leather. Made in Italy. Measures approximately 13.5 x 18 x 2.75 inches Condition - Some marks and stains from lon...
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1970s Tote Bags

Gucci Vintage Web Strap Tote GG Coated Canvas Tall
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Wear and creasing on exterior, minor discoloration on front pocket, heavy wear on opening trim, moderate wear and stains in interior, scratches and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Gucci Vintage GG Supreme Black Web Straps Tote Bag
By Gucci
Located in Montreal, Quebec
COLOR: Black MATERIAL: Coated canvas MEASURES: H 15” x L 15” x D 3.5” DROP: 10” CONDITION: Fair - professionally refurbished bag. Small rip at button closure at top has been repaired...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Gucci Vintage Black Canvas Front Pockets Bamboo Tote Bag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Beautiful Gucci Bamboo tote bag in black canvas leather. Double distinctive Bamboo handles. Upper zipper closure on top. 2 open pockets on the front. Silver metal hardware. Black fab...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

1970s Vintage GUCCI Black Diamanté Jacquard Book Tote Bag
By Gucci
Located in Bangkok, TH
1970s Gucci book tote in Gucci iconic black diamanté jacquard and leather. Made in Italy. Measures approximately 13.5 x 18 x 2.75 inches Condition: Minor signs of wear. Generally i...
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1970s Tote Bags

GUCCI Vintage Bag in Brown Monogram Canvas
By Gucci
Located in Paris, FR
Gucci vintage bag in brown monogrammed canvas. The corners and the handles are in brown leather. It is lined in canvas with a zipped pocket. Golden metal hardware. serial number und...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • GUCCI Vintage Bag in Brown Monogram Canvas
  • GUCCI Vintage Bag in Brown Monogram Canvas
  • GUCCI Vintage Bag in Brown Monogram Canvas
  • GUCCI Vintage Bag in Brown Monogram Canvas
H 10.63 in. D 5.12 in. L 16.54 in.
Gucci Cream White Leather Vintage Hobo
By Gucci
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Timelessly elegant and stylish, Gucci's collections capture the effortless, nonchalant finesse of the modern woman. Crafted from leather in a cream hue, this chic hobo features a spa...
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2010s Hobo Bags

  • Gucci Cream White Leather Vintage Hobo
  • Gucci Cream White Leather Vintage Hobo
  • Gucci Cream White Leather Vintage Hobo
  • Gucci Cream White Leather Vintage Hobo
H 8.08 in. W 1.78 in. L 9.06 in.
Gucci Vintage Beige Canvas GG Monogram Tote
By Gucci
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This bag features beige canvas with GG monogram, gold-tone hardware, brown leather trim, leather bottom, dual flat shoulder straps, tonal canvas lining, single zip pocket at interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Gucci Vintage Supreme GG Web Handle Shopper Tote Bag 1025g4
By Gucci
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: 02-003-53 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 13" Width: 3" Height: 14.5" Shoulder Handle Drop: 10.5" OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION ( 7.5/10 or B+ ) Si...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Gucci Vintage Web Boston Bag Leather Medium
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Slight odor in interior. Creasing, darkening and wear on exterior, minor wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag, With Strap ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Gucci Vintage Beige Monogram Canvas Boston Bag Handbag
By Gucci
Located in Rome, Rome
Gucci vintage boston bag beige monogram canvas with genuine leather trim and handles. Gold metal hardware. Double top handles. Upper zipper closure. Beige lining. 1 side zip pocket i...
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20th Century Top Handle Bags

Gucci Vintage Web Boston Bag Leather Medium
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, wear on exterior piping, cracking and small indentations on handle and strap wax edges. Light wear in interior, scratches on ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

1990s Vintage GUCCI Burgundy Suede Leather Bamboo Tote Gucci Diana Tote (Medium)
By Gucci
Located in Bangkok, TH
1990s Gucci bamboo tote in burgundy suede and leather featuring two main open compartments and one middle zip compartments with 1 interior zip pocket. Made in Italy. Measures 12.75 x...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Vintage GUCCI Black Leather Doctor Bag, c.1980s.
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Vintage GUCCI Black Leather Doctor Bag, c.1980s. Vintage Black Gucci Doctor Bag with classic green and red stripe accent through the center. Featuring Gold hardware and buckle closur...
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1980s Top Handle Bags

Gucci Vintage Bamboo Hobo GG Canvas Small
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing, darkening and wear on exterior, loss of shape near handle base, scuffs on base, handle and opening leather trims. Slight wear in interior...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Gucci Vintage Zip Tote GG Canvas with Leather Medium
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Moderate peeling and wear on base corners, opening trim and handle, cracking, peeling and splitting on handle wax edges. Small stains in interior pocket, scratches o...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Gucci Vintage Shoulder Bag GG Canvas and Leather Small
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Heavy wear, discoloration and marks on exterior and in interior, wear and scuffs on leather trims and handles. Moderate cracking and splitting on handle and side tri...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Gucci Vintage Double Belt Bag GG Canvas
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Wear on exterior and in interior, thread bare on opening and base corners. Minor fraying on strap, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: No Accessori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets and Small Accessories

GUCCI Embossed Gold Leather Vintage Handbag
By Gucci
Located in Paris, FR
Lovely Gucci embossed leather handbag. It is vintage gold leather embellished with tortoiseshell-style pieces. It closes with a flap with a tongue that slides under a bit symbolizing...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Gucci Vintage Web Boston Bag GG Canvas Small
By Gucci
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing on exterior, moderate darkening and wear on exterior corners and handles, pilling on exterior trims. Wear in interior, glue stains on interior zipper tape, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Gucci Vintage Black Leather Web Tie Case s29g39
By Gucci
Located in Dix hills, NY
Gucci Vintage Black Leather Web Tie Case s29g39 Made In: Italy Measurements: Length: 16.5" Width: .8" Height: 5.75" OVERALL VERY GOOD VINTAGE CONDITION ( 7.25/10 or B+ ) Signs ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Vintage Gucci 1960’s Black Crocodile Handbag
By Gucci
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rare Vintage Gucci handbag from the 1960’s beautifully crafted in Crocodile with a top handle (that has been restored), silver and gold tone metal clasp closure, one slip compartment...
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1960s Top Handle Bags

Gucci Vintage Brown Monogram GG Supreme Shoulder Bag
By Gucci
Located in Montreal, Quebec
COLOR: Brown MATERIAL: Coated canvas ITEM CODE: Vintage item with no code. MEASURES: H 8” x L 9” x D 2-3” DROP: 13” CONDITION: Good - vintage bag with discoloration to hardware, mark...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

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Vintage Gucci Purses For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, there are many options to choose from in our collection of vintage gucci purses. Many people prefer Black vintage gucci purses, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown, Beige and more options on these pages. Finding the perfect accessories for you may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions of these were made as early as the 20th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. If you’re browsing our inventory for these accessories, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for men and unisex.

How Much are Vintage Gucci Purses?

Prices for vintage gucci purses can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $98 and can go as high as $8,999, while these items, on average, fetch $613.

Gucci Biography and Important Works

Long before trend-bucking creative director Alessandro Michele brought his hallucinatory “Utopian Fantasy” campaign to Gucci, it was a modest Italian leather shop. Today, it’s an internationally renowned luxury house with an iconic logo, and vintage Gucci clothing, handbags and shoes are among high fashion's most covetable goods.

Guccio Gucci (1881–1953) admired the stylish suitcases he saw wealthy guests arrive with at the Savoy Hotel in London, where he worked as a bellhop. So, in 1921, after a stint at Franzi, a luggage company in his hometown of Florence, he opened a leather goods shop of his own.

At first, Gucci’s Florence business specialized in equestrian accessories. But as its reputation flourished, particularly among the English aristocracy, so too did its footprint. In 1938, he brought three of his sons — Aldo, Vasco and Rodolfo — into the business and expanded it to Rome and later Milan. In the mid-1930s, a League of Nations embargo against Italy pushed Gucci to experiment with alternatives to imported leather. Its woven hemp fabric from Naples, adorned with the brand’s signature diamond print, was a hit, especially among A-list celebrities. The material was first used on suitcases before finding enduring popularity on handbags. (No list of revered designer purses would be complete without Gucci.)

In the 1950s, Elizabeth Taylor carried one of Gucci’s bamboo-handled tote bags, another adaptation to material rationing. After Jackie Kennedy was seen sporting a slouchy Gucci tote in 1961, it was renamed for the First Lady. Then Grace Kelly, on a visit to the boutique in Milan, inspired Rodolfo Gucci to work with Italian illustrator and Gucci textile designer Vittorio Accornero on the Flora print in 1966. Taking cues from Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera, with its pattern of flora and insects, it was painted entirely by hand and featured no fewer than 37 colors.

In 1953, just 15 days after opening his first store on New York’s 5th Avenue, Guccio passed away at 72. The early 1970s saw store openings in Tokyo and Hong Kong, but by the late 1980s, Gucci was floundering. Rodolfo Gucci took charge in 1982, but family drama and lawsuits ensued. In 1993, Rodolfo’s son, Maurizio, transferred his shares in the company to Investcorp, ending the family’s involvement in Gucci. Dawn Mello, then-president of Bergdorf Goodman, joined as creative director in 1989. But it was Tom Ford, who took over as creative director in 1994, who ultimately revived the brand.

Ford’s racy ads, shot by photographers such as Mario Testino, stirred controversy. And his potent vision of sexed-up femininity — with “jewel-toned satin shirts unbuttoned to there,” as Vogue described his breakthrough 1995 runway show — was wildly successful. The new millennium brought new ownership — Pinault Printemps Redoute in 2004 — and a more toned-down vision from Frida Giannini, who became sole creative director in 2006. Alessandro Michele was named creative director in 2015, and the storied brand took a giant leap forward.

Find vintage Gucci clothing and accessories on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Handbags and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.