Lucite Box Purse Reproductions – Yay or Nay?

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One of my many vintage obsessions is lucite box purses. I used to wear them out all the time, but these days, I mostly display and admire them. Lucite purses are beautiful little sculptures that you can take with you. And just like sculpture, the more intricate the details, the more valuable the piece. Color plays an important role too. I’m partial to clear, but if you can find a red or black lucite purse, you have scored!

But finding the little gems, in mint condition is not easy. Dekonstruckted Hollywood, a California based vintage shop, is filling the need of this market by selling reproduction vintage style lucite purses.When it comes to repros, I have to admit that these are some fantastic copies. With the exception of the handle turned forward instead of across the length of the body of the purse, the new ones are dead ringers.

My favorite is the pink, pearl swirl one, but I always get a little twinge of guilt, as if I am cheating or something, when I consider reproduction.

What do you think? Yay or Nay?

pink lucite purse

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10 comments

1 Lizzie { 02.27.09 at 10:18 am }

Okay, it’s pretty – very, very pretty.
What bugs me about this is that now there will be yet another thing to be wary of, to look out for, to raise suspicions. Maybe not now, but years down the road when the repros don’t look so pristine.

2 deja pseu { 02.27.09 at 12:25 pm }

Very cute! If you like them, why not?

3 Patti { 02.27.09 at 2:53 pm }

I know what you mean about repros. I also have some lucite purses on display that I no longer use. I think if I really loved the reproduction purse for a particular reason (color, design), I would go for it.

4 Brenda { 02.28.09 at 6:37 am }

I love lucite accessories and furniture!
Although, I much prefer the original to a reproduction, I wouldn’t be opposed to it if it’s something that you love.

5 Belle de Ville { 02.28.09 at 11:13 am }

I’ve got a vintage clear lucite box style one with real gold fittings. Any interest?

6 penny { 02.28.09 at 12:52 pm }

that is the reproduction one? wow! pretty impressive!

7 lucitebox { 03.02.09 at 6:39 am }

I thought the exact same thing as Lizzie. Once these are out there, it’s entirely possible they’ll be on the market for the price of a vintage bag and you’ll have to wonder what’s vintage and what’s repro. I see that with bakelite/fakelite, too.
Nonetheless, if you’re after the look, I think you’re right Sandra. These look good. And, it would be nice not to have to feel so precious about it when carrying it.

8 Sandra { 03.03.09 at 7:47 pm }

Quite possibly Belle!! Email me. Let’s talk!

9 Mary { 03.16.09 at 2:09 am }

I am thinking about selling new lucite purses, small clutches and even a few mother of pear ones. But they are not shaped like the vintage ones. They look more modern. I was wondering what everybody thought about it. Do you think it’s a waste of time?

10 Sandra { 03.16.09 at 7:21 am }

Mary,
As long as you are disclosing that they are repros, I see nothing wrong with that. Like I said, I would feel less nervous about carrying around a repro than one of my collectibles. Good luck!

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