About four years ago, I was looking through my closet for a beige purse and coming up empty-handed. Then in a flash of triangle-covered glory, I saw it in the back of my closet…my Liz Claiborne from the ’80s (pictured above, right). “Has enough time passed for the purse to be hip again?” I wondered, remembering how these designer bags had once fulfilled every grade-school accessory-based whim. I grabbed the purse, filled it and was off for the night…
The truth: it probably was a bit early to bust out the Liz Claiborne, but I’m now starting to regularly see these purses, bags and wallets in vintage boutiques, eBay auctions and Etsy shops. Many are in the $15-$40 range, depending on their condition.
Funnily enough, today the purses seem much more interesting to me than the “out of my price range” Dooney & Bourke purses that I secretly wanted. But in retrospect, did a pre-teen need a $200.00 purse? And now that a couple of decades have passed, why would I want a forest green purse with a duck on it when I can buy a candy-colored, prism-covered bag a-la-Liz?
Liz Claiborne purses came in some pretty wild colors, like hot, hot pink or electric royal blue. Typically crafted of man-made materials and lined with leather trim, they boasted the Liz Claiborne logo, either in raised triangles, as shown in the red clutch above (from 1983), or in flattened triangle outlines, as shown in the navy purse below (from 1984).
Now if only I hadn’t given away my Liz Claiborne wallet in teal…Maybe I can look into buying it back…
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Gretchen Barrientos says
As a purse lover, I wish I'd kept some of my old ones. They are great for a night out or to add some color to an outting!