The Best of Grand Bags & Great Shoes? Two Views on the Classics….

San Fran 087If you have yet to visit the website Collectors Weekly, go now because it is packed with the fascinating material (as well as links to eBay listings) for all sorts of vintage clothing and accessories.

Two of our favorite new additions to the site are interviews with experts on purses and high heels…both delicious topics, in our opinion. For starters, spend a few minutes with handbag aficionado Abigail Rutherford, of the Chicago auction house Leslie Hindman. Rutherfords appreciation for a great purse dates to her childhood, and now she has a job that allows her to see the finest pieces from Chanel, Hermes, Gucci and other valued names in leather goods. Do check her out, even if your budget leans more toward the likes of a vintage Carlos Falchi (another Rutherford fave) or just a nice snake clutch or gator box bag without a notable name.

When it comes to the subject of footwear, Elizabeth Semmelhack of Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum explores the subject of “Sex, Power and High Heels.” Once you see the photograph of tangerine Roger Viviers, you will be hooked.

Collectors Weekly also have another new feature we love: “Show & Tell.” As the name suggests, the site allows collectors—as well as non-collectors passionate about an unusual vintage item in their possession—to share their wares. Scanning the photographs is like eating Good & Plenty or Hot Tamales; you can never stop with just a handful!

Houtte (Author)

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