Vintage and designer fashion has shown extraordinary growth in recent years amongst the fashion savvy and in 2015 Sworders launched the Designer Handbags and Couture department, holding its successful debut sale in June. The auction showcased luxury designer goods by Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, in addition to vintage and contemporary fashion and couture garments. The sale has opened up an exciting and fresh market attracting existing and new buyers to Sworders both regionally and globally. A highlight of the auction included a Ralph Lauren metallic crocodile skin ‘Ricky’ bag, fetching £6,000 at the hammer, highlighting the demand for exclusive luxury designer handbags.
The department incorporates a diverse range of vintage and luxury designer fashion and accessories including handbags, luggage, vintage and contemporary fashion and couture, furs, pens, scarves and sunglasses.
Our next 'Objects of Desire' auction will take place on Wednesday 3 October 2018. Closing date for entries - Friday 17 August 2018.
Our leading specialists in their fields, Prudence Hopkins and Catriona Smith, will be delighted to assist you with any valuations.
Introducing the Sworders Directory of Fashion Designers. Here you will find information on some of the world's most iconic brands whose works have been sold by Sworders, or will feature in an upcoming specialist auction. We will continue to expand and develop this directory over the coming months.
Our specialists hold regular valuation days. Please contact us for more information, or complete the form below to enquire about the valuation of your items.
Prudence Hopkins - BA (Hons) FGA
Jewellery and Accessories
Prudence is an auctioneer and jewellery valuer at the Stansted Auction rooms and Head of the Designer Handbags and Couture department. She has a BA Honours in Historical Fashion and Costume and a Gemology Diploma from The Gemological Association of Great Britain. During her time working in the industry she has built up an extensive knowledge in fine and decorative arts.
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