Customer Testimonials

Quality merchandise, superb customer service, and valued relationships are the cornerstones of Vintage Skins' foundation. Started in 2004 with a sole focus on offering vintage exotic skin items, we have completed well over 5,000 transactions with roughly 85% - 90% of customers being repeat or multiple purchasers. We have omitted full names for the sake of privacy, but wanted to share some of the customer love we have received through the years from our valued customers. There's only one Vintage Skins - the best and most trusted place to buy a truly authentic, high-quality vintage exotic skin bag!

If you would like to add a comment about your relationship or experience with Vintage Skins, please contact us  and we will be happy to post it! 

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"I have proudly worn my new handbag since receiving it the other day. It is the Argentinean alligator vanity bag in wine. I work in Beverly Hills, but don't have the BH budget. People have stopped to compliment me on the purse and I feel absolutely elegant with it. Thank you. What attracted me to your site was not just the collection, but the knowledge and passion you have about it and that you provide such extensive information about the products and their care and feeding. I will be sure to lovingly care for the bags I now own. I also bought a carmel ostrich purse which I haven't used yet. Can't wait. I look forward to purchasing more items from you and sharing your site with friends..."


"Hi Lisa, I finally was able to get to the Post Office around noon today to pick up my eagerly-awaited Vintage Skins purchases! I have just finished unwrapping them all and, conservatively speaking and without exaggeration, am beyond ecstatic!!! Your description of each item was beautifully detailed and scrupulously accurate as were the photos!!! I have examined each one carefully and with great interest because they are all exquisitely designed and crafted. Yours is an elegantly-run operation, easily the most impressive I've seen. The day I found your website I was merely looking for a conditioner for a wonderful vintage Lucille de Paris black alligator bag my husband had given me for our first anniversary..........I stayed to browse and was blown-away by what I found........I could hardly believe the quality and the quantity of really fabulous vintage handbags that are available at your website.....and ONLY AT YOUR WEBSITE! The others I have seen simply can't hold a candle to yours - NOT EVEN CLOSE! Lisa, it is not only the incredibly fine quality of your selection of vintage handbags, but it is also the really lovely, sincere and considerate personal attention to each customer that is the absolute best - kudos to you!  With the greatest admiration and respect" - Jane, Connecticut


"Lisa, my packages arrived yesterday and today, and I'm delighted with my purchases! All four are in beautiful condition and exactly as described. Your inclusion of instructions for "care and feeding" and the Bick 4 conditioner are much appreciated; you're clearly a lady who knows her business and cares about her customers. I feel very fortunate to own such lovely bags and will certainly look forward to making purchases from you in the future, as my budget permits. Thanks again for making these vintage items available at reasonable prices." - Carol F., Dundee, OR


"The bags arrived today. It was so exciting. Each one was more fantastic than the next. I cannot decide which one is my favorite. I will definitely be back to shop with you again. Thank you for your very fine service..."


"The 3 bags are absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous and yes, gorgeous! Thank you for offering such great merchandise then sending it with such great care. You are truly a pro! I will continue to be a repeat customer. I will love and use these bags until I must pass them on to my daughter..."


"I just received my first bag! It is absolutely lovely, and I'm thrilled with it! I have purchased vintage skin bags before; this is SO superior in condition-- I don't have to do a thing to it. The packaging and presentation was superb as well. You've got a new customer! Thank You!"


"Dearest Lisa: I thought the bag I ordered would be nice but I am completely blown away. This is gorgeous, I mean gorgeous, and so much richer and more beautiful than the photo conveyed. This is pure quality- no question about that- and you are terrific! I am your newest fan and I am going to order some other things and I am going to have to tell my friends about this. I could not be happier. Thank you!"


"My wife received the handbag and just Loved it. Thank you so much for such great service and wonderful quality vintage merchandise. I will shop your site whenever possible and recommend it to anyone who loves vintage as much as I do. Thanks again for everything."


"First, I really am proud of my purchases last week. Thank you. I just ordered your checkbook wallet, after searching every available web site for custom, antique or new. Your beautiful wallet is easily 350% less than any other, is larger and the only one that had an alligator interior. You have a great store."


"To the queen of high fashion accessories: OH MY GOODNESS! My first shipment of handbags came, and I am just thrilled to pieces. I cannot even tell you, I am in love! All the bags were even better than expected. Rich color, gloss and perfectly as described. I am so glad to have found you. Please use me as a reference if needed. I am just afraid I may become an addict! I know I said I wasn’t going to make another purchase until autumn, but I have to have the Anaconda purse with fold in handle..."


"My purse arrived yesterday in the UK! It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Amazing! So impressed. I love it, perfectly as described and certainly the best purse I own!! I will be back for more without a doubt. Even my boyfriend, who finds the bags I like a tad pricey, loves it! Thank you so much for all your help and please feel free to use my comments on your site. I have a little list of purses I am keen to own so it won't be long till I'm back!"


""The bag arrived safely in Australia today - the large black alligator - and it is absolutely beautiful - much , much better than I ever imagined and I'm over the moon - I can't thank you enough for all your help and advice. I will certainly buy from you again and will continue to watch your site and once again- THANK YOU..."


"The snakeskin handbag is F A B U L O U S!  J U S T  G O R G E O U S! It takes my breathe away! What amazing workmanship. And, the skins are sooo soft...real quality, well cared for all these years. I can almost sense the provenance... It certainly makes a statement while carrying it out in luxury... Even my hubby was impressed! You are a such real "find" on the internet. The quality of product offerings, the selection, the background info, the care is just amazing. Living about 10 miles outside Chicago, I do have access to all "the" stores imaginable. But their offerings are sooo cookie cutter...and each store has the same offerings....I mean, how many handbags can you have that all look alike? I could not be more pleased with this selection..."


"I received my bags today (in France). You have the best shop on the Internet!- You now also have a (new) unconditional customer...although I will need to take it easy next month before I come back! Thank you again!..."


"Just wanted to let you know that I bought one more Alligator clutch. This one is in brown and looks beautiful. This makes 3 so far. The real reason to email you is to inform you that I just received the black snake skin evening bag. I want you to know how happy I am with it, it is truly beautiful and exactly the way you described it on the website and even better. I'm very impressed with you and your website. The bag actually looks better in person than on the website and that says a lot since in the web site it looks fabulous. I haven't come across many retailers who actually stay so true to their word and are as honest about their products as you have been. I'm very glad I came across your website, you have a client for life :)..."


"Received the two bags today and they are absolutely magnificent! Thanks so much! Please let me know if you come across anything similar in size to the black one - it's perfect! ..."


"I have never been more excited to open a box and I was not disappointed! The bag is absolutely gorgeous. It's hard to believe its age considering the state of the beautiful skins. And that clasp - wow! I feel so fortunate to be the new owner of such a special piece and I promise I will take good care of it. As I've said before, I'm thrilled I discovered your fabulous store and it has been my pleasure doing business with you. I trust you completely and know every bag will be special and in excellent condition. I will be happy to refer friends (and strangers!) to your website... "


"The Dior bag arrived yesterday, my fourth bag from you, and, as usual, you never disappoint!!! The bag is a gem indeed. You have so many gorgeous bags for selection that it's always hard to choose. I'll definitely be back again for more..."


"I received my Argentinean Python Bag the other day and it is absolutely beautiful, have already used it and had compliments and being asked where did I get my bag from! Absolutely fabulous website, with great vintage finds!"


"I am very very happy with the merchandise that I received from you. The wallet is pristine and so incredibly beautiful and I can’t wait to show off the handbags. I look forward to making more purchases at Vintage Skins in the future..."


"Just to let you know that the four handbags arrived safe and sound (in the UK) on Friday and Monday. The bags are extremely beautiful and we are very, very happy with them and by comparison with new bags today they are such good value (we saw a calfskin YSL wallet for $4500 in Bond St!!) and so much more elegant. You can just see Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly or Doris Day using them. Thanks again..."


"Verrry happy with look and feel of merchandise. wife loves them. shoes fit great. Very happy with prompt service. Still waiting for purse from "the **** *** shop" will no longer patronize them - 2 day shipping is now 10 days - still no purse and no response to email inquiries. Thank you so much again.!!!!!!!!!!!!! "


"I just received my bag a few days ago. It is phenomenal! You have a customer for life!"


"The bag came and in excellent condition!! We are very pleased. Thank you for returning my call that day and your great service. We will order again and tell friends!"


"The (fourth) shipment has been delivered safely. Honestly, each box I open is almost better than the one before! One of my nieces has fallen in love with the cognac coloured one from the previous shipment and said I must bequeath it to her! Believe me, your bags are a real joy! They are truly beautiful...I am very fortunate!"


"I received my Deitsch bag this evening and it is more beautiful then I could have imagined. I can't wait to wear it tomorrow! This is a very special bag for me as it reminds me of one my mother had when I was a child. It brings back fond memories and good times. I am glad I found you and I look forward to doing business with you again. You have many wonderful treasures."


"Thank you for the fabulous Vassar black alligator bag which arrived in a beautiful case and carefully packaged. It is more beautiful than I had imagined and a most complimentary accent for my clothes. I simply love it! Thanks again for your detailed descriptions, photos and informative website."


"I received the Evans bag on Friday. It's just beautiful. I LOVE IT!!!"


"Hi Lisa - I just received my latest order, and as before, I'm very pleased. The Lucille de Paris turtle bag is gorgeous, and as described, in mint condition. And the Deitsch anaconda bag is just a charmer, with that eye-catching Lucite frame. I know I'll have fun carrying these and receiving the admiring glances. Thanks again for the good service you provide!" - Carol Fredlund, Dundee OR


"As Director of Sales and Marketing for luxury handbag brand Marcela Calvet, I want to congratulate Vintage Skins for the superb undertaking of preserving the legacy brought forth by the unparalleled talent of decades past. We trust that your loyal clientele will continue to enjoy the gems you purvey, having the understanding that many of the handbags you make available to them, can never be duplicated, as the skins they were made with, can no longer be obtained. This is what makes them such gems (particularly the classic bags made in Argentina!). In closing, we salute your effort to preserve the beauty of these handbags, which continue to inspire so many of today's exotic skin handbag designers." Kind regards, Natalie Mont, Marcela Calvet Sacs & Bagages, Selected "2008 Designer Label for Glamour" by Fashion Office Organisation – Europe


"I rarely leave testimonials for products I purchase on-line; however, I was so happy with Vintage Skins, I had to let everyone know! I have bought two bags from Lisa--one crocodile and one alligator--and both are the most beautiful handbags I have ever seen. I feel privileged to carry these pieces of history. In both cases, the handbags were even more gorgeous than I had imagined from looking at the pictures on-line. The descriptions are right on, and Lisa was so great at making herself available to me for all my many questions. Her customer service is one of the main things that sets her apart from other on-line stores. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, and completely honest in her recommendations for me. I've got one more bag I just have to have--a black alligator--and I wouldn't even consider looking anywhere other than Vintage Skins. Thanks Lisa. You're the best!!!" - Melody, Kentucky


"Lisa, you are the best in the business! I purchased an R & Y Augosti ostrich leg clutch and I couldn't be happier! Gorgeous and absolutely flawless, it truly shows the love and care you have for your business. As a client, I couldn't ask for more. You have in me a loyal customer and I will always be checking Vintage Skins for more awesome pieces. Lisa, thank you so much for your kind service!" - Paulina Palacios-Roji


My latest order arrived this morning, everything nicely packaged and in excellent condition. Thanks, Lisa, for your fine service and for adding some real gems to my vintage bag collection. They're all lovely. The anaconda must indeed have been one big snake! And the Lucite and alligator bag is unique and charming. I know I'll enjoy carrying the Varon python and cobra bag, and the green turtle skin bag makes me feel like a real '50s lady! Your Web site is so tempting. Thanks again for the service you provide" - Carol  


"Dear Lisa, The GORGEOUS bag arrived yesterday, and I couldn't be happier. Thank you so much. I admit I was a bit worried, buying over the Internet without physically seeing the item...but this was painless, and the descriptions were accurate and precise. So, now my only worry is, how many is too many Vintage Skin bags to own?" - Lola 


"Hi Lisa,  Just wanted to let you know that I received the 2 crocodile bags I ordered for my Mum as a Mother's Day gift about a week from placing the order (we are based in Singapore).  They arrived meticulously and carefully packed.  The condition of the bags are great and the crocodile skins are supple and perfect.  My Mum loves them and she is delighted.  Just wanted to thank you for offering such a great quality of bags at a fair price.  Will look out and see what else I can get for her next from your website.  Thanks again!" - Dan