Vintage black purse, handbag, bag. Boutique designer, 50s, early 1960s

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Vintage black purse, handbag, bag. Boutique designer, 50s, early 1960s


Vintage vegan purse / handbag / bag.

*Black with gold/brass trim.

*Classic and versatile vintage with an interesting story - see below.

*Preppy, traditional, career.

*Dress up or down. Would make an especially stylish accessory to any career ensemble or for evening wear.

*Just the right size to carry the necessities - not too big or small.

*Covered in black, synthetic, leather-like textured vinyl / plastic material.
*Appears on the outside, to have compartments, but inside is pretty much all one space.
*Recessed bottom, swivel handle secured with brass toned rivets, V-shaped flap closure that's secured with a gold toned turn clasp. Handle's rivet hardware could be brass..
*Judging from the purse style and research on the Boutique label, the purse dates from the early to mid-1950's era.

*Lined with navy black faille fabric.
*One 5" inside pocket lined in light green satin fabric.
*Pocket opens and closes with a metal zipper with a chain and ring pull.
*Written on seller's fabric label - "BYCKE'S Louisville - St. Mathews"
*No other labels. I'm going to guess that the bag was made in the USA.

Measurements (on outside):
7 1/2" tall (~19cm)
13 ¾" tall including handle (~34.8cm)
8" wide at base (~20.3cm) and reduces to 6 ½" at the recessed portion of the base (16.5cm)
~2 ¾ " deep at base (~7cm)
Handle drop ~" (15.2cm)

*In very good to excellent, very gently used vintage condition.
*Vinyl exterior is in great shape, and all the stitching is intact throughout.
*There are a few tiny and very minor scuffs and color that's rubbed off on the bottom corners, more so on the right corners, and the same on the flap where it bends over on the very top portion of the bag.
*The inside is clean and new looking, though a tiny bit faded in color around the right side inside edges of the flap.
*There inside does have a faint musty smell, as one often finds in old handbags, but it's not strong or offensive. I actually find it to be a nostalgic scent that tells a story about the bag.
*There are a few surface scuffs on the bag back, and an occasional teeny-tiny scuff here and there on the front.
*Strap and hardware are in great condition. The rivets holding the straps have a nice patina, making me think they are brass.
** No other flaws, blemishes, holes, tears, fading, stains, discolorations, stitches are all in place, and this purse has many years of good use left. I only mention the above flaws for the sake of transparency and disclosure, but I had to really search to find them. They will not be easily noticed, I assure you.

Here is a bit of interesting snippet of information about the Boutique that sold this purse many decades ago:
"Byck Bros. & Co. ( Byck's)-A very high end ladies clothing store in Louisville, Ky that was often described as fashion forward and presented trunk shows of current designers. And Byck's was also ahead of the times in being one of the first downtown stores to have integrated dressing rooms. In the segregated South, African-American customers had to purchase without trying clothes on."

Shipping weight - 1 lb. 15oz.

From a clean, non-smoking home.

Sorry, no shipping to Russia, Latvia, and other eastern EU locales.
USA destinations - quotes are standard and for insured, traceable USPS Priority Mail.

*Canada and International, quotes are for USPS insured and traceable Priority Mail. Quote here is based on Australia delivery, and is estimated. UK and EU destinations will most likely be less, and I'll refund any difference.

If you prefer a different shipping method, please let me know your preference upon checkout, and I'll send you a quote and work out the mailing details with you. I promptly mail within 24 hours, and sometimes the same day, so unless otherwise requested, your package will be sent via the method quoted.

Please note that the Post Office cannot insure international 1st class packages, so keep this in mind when choosing your shipping method.

**Please note that International packages can take several weeks, or even months for delivery, depending on customs delays and other factors.


Vintage Origin Details

Unknown manufacturer, but sold in Byck's Boutiques of Louisville, KY



Sylish black handbag




Year (estimate)

Very Good

Item Condition



Country of Origin


Synthetic, fabric, metal

Primary Material


Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

I love the story of the boutique that originally sold the purse - be sure to read it!

Materials Used

Synthetic leatherette, fabric, metal

More Info

Great little timeless purse!

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Synthetic, fabric, metal

Size: Small to medium - see description

Pattern: Plain black handbag

Color: Grey

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All Other Countries
First Item: $56.00
Additional Items: $46.00

First Item: $40.00
Additional Items: $34.00

United States
First Item: $13.00
Additional Items: $9.00



Payment is due upon purchase. I strive to ship items within 24 business hours after payment has been received. Unpaid items will be held in my shop's sold section for 24 hours, and unless I hear from you regarding late payment, the item will be relisted, invalidating the sale. Please contact me if you are having trouble with the payment process, and I'll be glad to help.

I accept Paypal payments,and you can also pay with major credit cards even if you aren't a registered Paypal user. Under some circumstances, for US paying customers, I will accept USPS Money Orders. Please contact me prior to sale if you have any payment questions.

**Full, non-refundable payment prior to project commencement is required for custom orders.



My policy is to ship within 24 business hours after payment. If you would like your purchase mailed to another address, please contact me immediately upon checkout.

To keep costs down, and with the exception of very fragile or expensive jewelry items, I usually ship small jewelry items wrapped securely in bubble wrap and in a bubble envelope and send by USPS First Class mail. I'll happily upgrade to Priority mail at your request, and in this case, postage will be more.

Vintage items are securely wrapped and, unless otherwise noted, are generally shipped in USPS cardboard boxes for protection.Smaller, less fragile vintage items are sometimes sent in mail envelopes, (bubble, manilla, etc.), and shipping methods are usually noted in the listing. If you prefer a different shipping method than noted, please contact me prior to buying.

International rates are based on Australia delivery, and differences, (overpayments), to other countries will be rounded up to the next dollar, and will be refunded.

I ship all my packages by USPS Mail, and generally my listings will state the shipping method, (First Class versus Priority). If you prefer a different shipping method, I'll be more than happy to accommodate you, but please contact me prior to purchasing or **immediately** upon checkout, because I ship very quickly.

Please note that International shipping times can take longer for delivery, This is especially the case for USPS First Class Mail, which can take weeks if not months, especially to the UK.

First Class mail is more affordable, but not insurable or traceable as is USPS Priority Mail. Please take this into consideration when selecting shipping method..

*I ship worldwide, but because International packages to Russia, Latvia, and other eastern EU parcels must be taken to the Post Office in person, I need to charge more for the extra steps and expense required for mailing to those locales . If you wish a package to ship to these locales, please contact me prior to buying to arrange for the extra postage. I apologize for this unavoidable inconvenience and expense.

USPS Taxes and custom fees / duties or other charges that may be imposed by the receiving country are the responsibility of the buyer.



I do accept custom orders, but please understand that because of the extra time required for communication and for locating and purchasing special materials, (the cost of material and time obtaining them), the final price will be more than a ready-to- ship item in my shop. The benefit is that the buyer will get a special, one-of-a-kind item made especially for them.

Also note that if special materials are required, (that I don’t have in stock), I generally cannot predict a precise expense for a custom item until the project is completed. Sometimes a particular material is harder to find, requiring time and/or mileage to locate, and the cost is unknown at the outset. Also, if the requested item requires extra labor, that will figure into the final price.

Due to the time, sometimes "travel" investment, and the uniqueness of custom orders, I require a non-refundable deposit for the entire cost of the work before the project is started.



Unless otherwise stated, I use sterling silver, vermeil, gold filled, or carat gold for all ear wire/hangers, metal spacers and beads, and all bead components are secured with wrapped wires in sterling silver or vermeil. For this reason, my jewelry items should last for a very long time.

If, for any reason, you aren't satisfied with your purchase, please contact me immediately, and before leaving negative feedback, and I'll do everything I can to solve the problem. Your satisfaction is my top priority!

Please contact me prior to buying or returning a vintage clothing item if you are in doubt about the proper fit.

Items must be received by me within 14 days of contact to qualify for an exchange or refund. Return postage is the responsibility of the buyer.

Refunds and exchanges will be issued when the item is received by me in its original, unused condition. The shipping fee will not be refunded. Exchanges will be shipped once the original item is received.

I will NOT refund shipping costs for parcels returned to me as "unclamined" by buyer. The cost of the purchased item will be refunded and will be re-listed only if it's in the original condition.

Many people don't like to purchase hats that have been on a human head. For this reason, my hats have not been modeled on humans or worn prior to sale. Therefore, once a hat is sold, I cannot accept returns.



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Kerrberry on Dec 27, 2017
5 stars

Trusted and reliable seller! Very talented jewelry maker and wonderful to deal with. Superb attention to detail. Will definitely be a repeat customer. Highly recommended to all!
Kerrberry on Dec 27, 2017
5 stars

Trusted and reliable seller! Very talented jewelry maker and wonderful to deal with. Superb attention to detail. Will definitely be a repeat customer. Highly recommended to all!
Umeboshi on May 24, 2014
5 stars

When I opened the box and saw the actual hand bag, I was very, very pleased! The materials were all high quality and the workmanship was perfect! She did so much extra sewing to make this bag very user friendly. There are zippers for security, interior snap and many sewn in compartments for organization! Even the lining was beautiful! I know I will love using this hand bag! Did I say I also love her choice of color and the design is beautiful? I will certainly visit this shop again when I need a new bag. Thank you Pat, for a fantastic buying experience!
SpoiledBratzwear on Dec 7, 2011
5 stars

I am thrilled with my purchase and WOW, how fast you shipped it! Excellent communication. One of my fav new shops, I'll be back. Thank You, and Merry Christmas. Holly Spoiled Bratzwear
LaVieEnRoseGallery on May 8, 2011
5 stars

Just Lovely in every way!

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