7 Legendary Vintage Brands to Buy on eBay

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Designer Fashion Explained!

Brands, designers, styles, trends, fashions, vintage, retail, resale ... ah! When do the descriptors for "what to wear" ever end?
Well, if you want to purchase high quality and highly memorable clothing, you're best off choosing "designer fashion" because of the long-lasting wearability of a distinctive design.
The first "designer" labels emerged in the 1920s, when private clothing makers began to identify themselves with unique labels in their designs (scroll down to learn more about Lanvin, a turn-of-the-century dressmaker turned "brand").
Many of the brands listed below were founded in the 20th century (with the exception of Pendleton, which was the family name of a wool factory dating from 1892) and continue to be relevant today.
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1.) Pucci

Design house Pucci was founded by accident in 1947. Lead designer, Emilio Pucci, was teaching ski lessons and Italian to make ends meet after World War II, in which he had been a pilot. 
The renaissance man (he was not just a war veteran and naturally gifted designer, but an Olympic skier, to boot) designed a streamlined outfit for skiing which caught the attention of American fashion editors (from Harper's Bazaar, no less) when his socialite friends began sporting the pieces he made for them.
He skyrocketed to fame from there, attracting investors and winning the opportunity to open his first boutique on the island of Capri, where jet-setters purchased his light, breezy and liberating designs for both men and women. Pucci's mission was to "liberate women with unprecedented freedom of movement." 
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Look for the Pucci Signature

When shopping for Emilio Pucci designs online, look for authentic Pucci signatures on the designs being sold.
All truly Pucci clothing carries his famous signature. Oftentimes, sellers will say "Pucci-esque" in the headline of their items for sale, which can be misleading. Make sure you're purchasing an authentic Pucci piece marked with the signature "Emilio," as shown above.
The average cost of an authentic vintage piece of Pucci is £200+, with rare dresses sometimes costing upwards of £1,000. Don't be surprised if you see these numbers, as the value is in fact accurate!
<< Shop for  Emilio Pucci vintage dresses on eBay now!
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2.) Moschino

While not as "vintage" as some of the other designers listed here, Italian design house Moschino has earned a place in history for his tongue-in-cheek, "I don't care what you think" approach to fashion that has captivated celebrity audiences and performers since its inception in 1983.
Founder Franco Moschino once said, "My approach is a contradiction, I know, but why not?" You'll find dresses with the phrases, "You can dress me up, but you can't take me out!" printed from top to bottom, and oversize T-shirts celebrating Looney Tunes characters, and luxury handbags designed to look like McDonald's "Happy Meals."
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Nothing is serious with Moschino and after his passing new design leaders made some of his designs less daring but still delightful. The typical Moschino outfit is tightly fit, decorated with satin and lace and painted in pop art colours reminiscent of artist Roy Lichtenstein circa the 1960s.
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3.) Hermès

Since it was founded in 1837 as a leather harness shop for horses, Hermès has had a plethora of designers hold the "reigns" of the company. But it has always remained a fashion and accessory retailer of goods made from natural materials, including silk, leather, porcelain and crystal.
Thierry Hermès founded Hermès as an award winning saddle shop in Paris, but it was his son, Charles-Émile Hermès, who moved the shop in 1880 to 24 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where it remains to this very day!
It wasn't until 1929 that Hermès - now an indisputable leader in the leather equestrian goods market - would begin to offer apparel (1929), bags (1935) and scarves (1937).
In fact, it was thanks to Hermès that the scarf became a trend in French culture. To this day, Hermès scarves remain one of the most coveted and easy-to-find items for vintage resale. The Hermès scarf isn't just any scarf: it is sometimes designed by a guest designer who draws inspiration from paintings, books and "objets d'art."
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Today, Hermès remains one of the most recognisable names in French design. The company has never branched into synthetic materials. In fact, the company suffered a short setback in sales in the '70s when lower quality, less expensive unnatural fibres (like polyester) grew popular.
But the quality continues to prevail at Hermès. It is their tradition.
Hermès sales are composed of about 30% leather goods, 15% clothes, 12% scarves and 43% other wares. The company also licenses no products - which means if you own a Hermès, it is a real Hermès. Nothing more and nothing less than the very best.
<< Shop v intage Hermès scarves and  leather goods on eBay now!
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4.) Diane von Furstenberg

Before she was a designer and creator of the "wrap dress," which she patented, Diane von Furstenberg was princess von Furstenberg from 1969 to 1972 when she was married to Prince Egon of Furstenberg, Germany.
She came to America in 1970 and four years later, launched "DVF" using her royal name to launch one of the most iconic pieces of fashion.
In 1976 she appeared on the cover of Newsweek because her designs were so influential: never before had women worn such skin-skimming fabrics that when "wrapped" around the waist, could make even a relatively plus size girl look tiny in the waist and therefore, sexy, voluptuous and dressed-to-impress.
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Today, DVF's wrap dresses are the best to buy designer resale on eBay. Look for original Diane von Furstenberg tags and, in some cases, "vintage tags" which denote that they are re-issued prints and not new-to-the-stores.
The average DVF dress is rarely going to be priced below £150-£200 at first listing. This is because modern-day DVF wrap dresses are undeniably hard to find on sale (the lowest sale prices are normally 30% off) and most sellers recognize the value of a vintage piece and know that their buyers will too.
<< Shop for  Diane von Furstenberg vintage dresses on eBay now!
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5.) Coach

[Text Box: eBay] Ah, the coveted Coach bag! Growing up, these were the "it" bags to have. They were simple and effortlessly styled, with just a small emblem of their namesake "Coach" attached with a leather tag to the zipper.
The history of Coach is an inspiring one. Like many of the design houses on this list, the brand grew from humble beginnings.
It was founded in 1941 with six employees tirelessly working in a midtown New York City factory to create leather wallets and billfolds by hand.
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The business acquired the expertise of the Cahn family in 1946 and by the early 1950s, all leather goods manufactured by Coach were designed to develop the supple softness of a leather baseball glove over time. This best-kept business secret differentiated Coach from other leather goods manufacturers and drove it to enormous popularity by the 1970s.
In the '60s and early '70s, famed designer Bonnie Cashin designed for Coach, pushing the brand to expand into brighter colours, more product offerings (shoes, pens, key chains, eyewear) and an overall general "feminine feel" that was still made to last and practical year-round.
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6.) Lanvin

The average consumer does not know that when they are purchasing a Lanvin piece, they are buying a designer from one of the first female designers of the 20th century, Jeanne Lanvin.
Jeanne Lanvin had an unusual beginning at the turn of the 20th century. She made such beautiful clothes for her daughter Marie that she began to attract the attention of a number of wealthy women who wanted similar fashions for their children.
Remember that at the turn of the 20th century there were no "labels" or "brands." Rather, people would turn to dressmakers such as Lanvin to take the trends filtered through popular periodicals and other print media outlets and translate them to custom-made designs that were 100% unique.
Lanvin's children clothes led her to create styles for adults, and by 1909 she was a member of the Syndicat de la Couture, which made her an official "couturière" (meaning female designer) of fashion in Paris.
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Besides being a trailblazer for female designers everywhere, Lanvin was also an inventor and an innovator. She was one of the first designers to use lamé, a material that contained metallic yarn threads for shimmer and iridescence.
Also, she did not sketch her designs but rather would drape fabric on a dress form and design her garments from the appearance of the material. In other words, she allowed the natural flow of material on the body to dictate her designs. She used reality first and foremost.
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7.) Pendleton

The Pendleton brand began as a wool mill that created Native American robes and blankets used for trading and ceremonial purposes by local Indian nations.
Founded in Oregon in 1863, the company was originally family owned and remains so today.
Native American-influenced Southwestern styles were quite popular among hipsters and Urban Outfitters shoppers a few years ago. For those who frequent music festivals like Coachella or underground scenes like Burning Man, this look is a natural, effortless fit.
Look for These Pendleton Labels in Most 1950s or Later Designs
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Look for These Pendleton Labels in Most 1950s or Later Designs

Before today's pop culture popularized Native American prints, Pendleton was studying the colour and design preferences of local and Southwest Native Americans, including the Nez Perce nation near Pendleton and the American Southwest Navajo, Hopi and Zuni nations and integrating these ideas into their clothes.
Collectible yet affordable (especially in comparison to modern day designers with similar quality and appeal), Pendleton's designs are worth owning, wearing, rocking.
<< Shop for  Pendleton styles on eBay now! 
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