I am generally confused by 4 things in the fashion world: skirt lengths, men's tie widths, pant leg diameters and handbag sizes. It seems like when I've got one or more of these items figured out, we hit a new season or calendar year and it's game over. I seem to be a step behind what is going on. This does not bode well for someone with a vintage fashion business! I guess that is the beauty of looking to the past which is already established in that "been there done that" kind of way and learning from it.
I suppose it is difficult for designers to keep reinventing the wheel. That's why we hear the words "retro" or "vintage", as inspirations seem to come from the past. We talk about "classic" pieces being timeless and good monetary investments. A good quality handbag for instance will set you back quite a lot of money. And I've found it to be true that with quality comes longevity. Although I bought a knock-off watch of a famous brand more than a decade ago and it has just stopped working. Not too bad for $30! But I digress.
Handbags have come a long way but in a way they haven't. Trends seem to come and go with small changes to types of materials for example, to make them feel more current. What seems to change with the tide is perhaps the way in which we are utilizing this accessory. I see teen girls with large, expensive bags. I see older women with tiny clutches. Didn't that used to be the other way around? Anyway, it's interesting to see here how designs have changed yet stayed the same.