One of my recent loves are Enid Collins handbags of the 60’s and 70’s. I discovered them accidentally a few years back while looking online at other mid-century stuff.
I have always loved old purses but hers are just so cool! I have managed to get a few for my collection. They do not sit on a shelf for display; I use them all. I get complimented frequently about them, even from those who aren’t into vintage. They can be a bit pricey; I have also found some knock-offs that fit the bill for 1/2 the price.
This was my first purchase, found online. It is called “Cable Car” and has a wood bottom.
Then this “Flower Cart”
Another with a wood bottom, this one is titled “Gift Wrapped” and is super rare. I have never seen another anywhere. I purchased this at an antique mall. It was new old stock and in perfect condition.
This wanna be handbag was just too cool to pass up ! The Paris theme “Charetutte de Fleurs” is just amazing. Translated it means “Cart (or chariot) of Flowers”. The maker of this gem is a mystery. The little Moulin Rouge wallet was a gift from my son, who has lived in France.
This is my most recent online purchase. For some reason the “sea” themed ones are super popular and tend to go pretty high. This is the wood bottomed “Sea Garden”
While on an out-of-town day trip with my hubby and another retro loving couple, we stumbled upon a couple of great mid-century shops that had many Enids in their inventory.
From the first shop, I purchased this knockoff kit purse. It was unfinished and I put it together:
The second shop had more Enid Collins that I have ever seen in one place! It was like an Enid overdose.
I recently saw these knock offs at a flea market. Super pretty but I just did not need them 🙂 I love the flamenco dancer.
Well, there you have it. A little Enid love for your week.
Does anyone find them locally? They are pretty rare in my neck of the woods.