As I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, the Enid Collins bag was a fashion must-have. My grandmother and mother owned oodles of designs. Do you remember them?
We often traveled to the factory showroom in Fredericksburg, Texas to see the latest styles. Willy Wonka had nothing on this fashion candyland. You can imagine how thrilled I was when they gave me my own, Glitterbug.
Oh how I wish I still had this cherished piece of my childhood.
I am the curator of the four remaining in our family’s collection.
They have been collectors items for years, but fond as I am of them, I have only toted one (Night Owl) recently, and that was to a 70’s costume gala. However, it appears that these whimsical, sparkly statement bags are making a comeback and moving from the attic back to the fashion pages.
While visiting Lisa Dempster to see the cabi Spring Collection at her home, she unwrapped a parcel. Like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, she plucked a like-new Enid Collins bag from the wrapping. I gaped in wonder.
She opened the latest issue of the Look Book promoting the collection, and on the first page a model holds a similar Collins bag!
She said her fellow cabi consultants have been snapping these bags up from eBay and etsy. Why have these bags resurged in popularity? Perhaps its the craftsmanship, their personalities or vibrant colors, or the cute little mirror on the inside of each box bag style.
I have added a few images of my favorite bags I’ve seen while researching this post to my new Hunting and Gathering album on my iPhone. Now if my friends see one, they can notify me (or LDB haha) asap.
Do you have an Enid Collins bag sitting in your closet? It’s time to bring it out to shine again. If it’s missing a jewel or two (like my Night Owl), replacements can be found on eBay and etsy.
Personally I think the Collins bags are just plain fun, and I am delighted to see their return to provide the next generation a sparkly fashion statement. You know you’re of a certain age when a childhood favorite moves from fab – to curiosity – to fab again. Now that’s a good thing.
February 24, 2016