A little guide to my favorite vintage Fendi pieces

Mornin’ Monday readers! Fendi’s been getting a lotta love recently with their monsters, furry keychains and embellished handbags. It’s no surprise coming from a fashion powerhouse that has a long history of hits and loyal fans. Today’s post goes back in time to showcase some of these vintage hits: spotlight please, the Fendi pequin!

I’ve been collecting vintage Fendi Pequin accessories for almost 5 years now. It all started with this Fendi bag.

Bought off ebay, it was in lovely condition and just the right size for me at the time. A lot of the ‘It’ bags at that time were admittedly beautiful but also darn heavy (exhibit A: Celine). This bag is light and roomy. It didn’t come with the original strap, I’ve paired it with a vintage Fendi strap I also found on ebay just earlier this year.

Fendi doctor closeup Fendi strap

After this bag, I was hooked. Did some quick googling and found out this bag is part of Fendi’s ‘Pequin’ line. Introduced in 1983 as the ‘non-logo,‘ it’s aged remarkably well and is well poised to take advantage of the current backlash against in your face logos.

Fendi blue wallet

I love the Pequin print for both its understated quietness and color combinations. In fact, I rank Fendi as the best brand when it comes to color (just check out their new tri-color By The Way bags). Whoever’s in charge really knows their color wheel.

Fendi blue wallet interior

This demure exterior blue of this wallet is livened by a rich, deep burgundy leather interior. I’m also a sucker for gold hardware. The warmth of the gold plays so well off of the leather.

Fendi white wallet ext Fendi white wallet ext

This little wallet always stands out in the sometimes dark recesses of my handbag. It even came with the original tag.

Fendi card holder ext Fendi card holder int

My latest acquisition, this little thing is actually a business card holder. I haven’t used it much yet, but I’m thinking after taking out the insert, it’ll be perfect for the bare basics when traveling light.

There’s a lot of vintage Fendi Pequin out there – and some of it is in pretty rough shape and some of it is sadly fake. With a little patience though you can find pieces that haven’t even been out of the box. For enterprising vintage Fendi hunters, a few tips to help the search 😀

  • Fendi was an established fashion powerhouse by the time they rolled out the Pequin print. This means, just like Louis Vuitton’s print, the quality should be top notch. Lines should match up, the stitching should be straight and even. Fendi white wallet closeup
  • Any hardware should also be of similar top quality. Embossing should be clear and centered. Fendi embossing
  • If there’s one thing to be wary of with vintage Fendi, it’s the edging. It’s prone to getting sticky and peeling off in the heat. I’ve found that the canvas print can hold up pretty well over time, but the edging does not. Here’s what happened to the edging on my bag just from having the handles touching it while in my closet in the summer. So it’s not surprising that this is a common condition problem, especially on ebay. Fendi edging
  • There is usually a serial number on the inside of each piece, often hidden in the pocket. My blue wallet has one, but the white one does not. Frankly I can’t find enough information on the meaning of the serial numbers to be able to check if its real or not. And unfortunately a string of numbers is easy enough to fake.Fendi serial no

Thanks for reading this Monday – and share your vintage Fendi love in the comments!

October 17, 2016
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  • Reply Kelly

    Hi There! I just scored a beautiful vintage Fendi 2 way crossbody at the thrift store today, I have googled and googled and can’t find any info on it . I am 99 percent positive it’s authentic with numbers in pocket and softest leather I have ever felt! Any help as to where I may find info on this , would wonderful!!
    Thank you

    May 26, 2019 at 7:28 pm
    • Reply Incognito Muse

      Hi Kelly, congrats on your thrift store find! Unfortunately, in my experience there’s limited info out there on vintage Fendi, especially if it’s not a particularly popular model. In general, I evaluate likelihood of authenticity by the quality of the bag – is the stitching solid and neat? If there are any patterns, do all the lines line up? Handles and hardwear get a lot of wear, so how have those held up? Zippers should feel solid even if not in perfect cosmetic shape. Let us know if you find more info! Even if you can’t be 100% sure of the authenticity, it sounds like a wonderful bag and a great thrift find.

      December 3, 2019 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply ilhaam

    Hi there, great post! I have a question – how can I prevent peeling from my vintage coated canvas pequin bag? It already has some scratches which I don’t mind, it gives it character! But how can I further protect the coated canvas, it seems so thin and sticky!

    June 3, 2020 at 3:07 pm
    • Reply Incognito Muse

      Hi there! Thanks for reading 🙂 Unfortunately, I believe the stickiness of these older coated canvas bags is an indication the chemicals in the coating are degrading. There are a few posts on PurseForum that talk about this and ways to decrease the stickiness – wiping with baby wipes, or a light mix of soap and water.

      These older bags are not common nowadays, I’m guessing a lot of them were discarded due to degrading condition of the canvas. As always, I recommend first testing any tips on a small, less noticeable spot to see if you like the result. Careful storage seems also key – keeping in a cool place out of the sun with space around it so none of the canvas is leaning against or touching another bag or wall. I don’t use cloth storage bags for my vintage Fendi, instead it’s on a shelf in my closet sitting on acid free tracing paper which curls up around it so the bag isn’t directly touching my shelf or wall. It’s the same paper I use to loosely wrap the handles to protect the edging which is so sticky and prone to coming off. Hope this helps! Would love to hear what you try and if it works

      June 4, 2020 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Amy Choi

    I have just come across a Fendi vanity case in the Pequin design on ebay and have just unfortunately missed out. Yes, I agree that a lot of these pieces tend to have peeling edges. I’m on the hunt of a vanity case in good condition that I can add to my vintage designer handbag and accessories collection and do a review on my newly created Yotube channel Petite Luxe Noir. I have LV, Chanel and Gucci in my collection and only 1 Fendi in my vintage bag collecction right now (mini Chef bag in Zucca print) , so would love to Pequin piece. Any advice on authnticity will be much appreciated from the community here who are vintage Fendi lovers 🙂 Thanks so much

    August 13, 2020 at 11:20 pm
    • Reply Incognito Muse

      Your vintage collection sounds lovely! Unfortunately, it does seem that vintage Fendi Pequin pieces are getting harder and harder to find, especially in decent condition. I am considering having the edges of one of my cross body bags re-done but haven’t decided if that’s something I should try myself first or give over to a handbag restoration expert. Because Pequin pieces are less common, it’s also harder to gauge authenticity. Like you, we always love to heard from readers about their own vintage pieces! Knowledge is power 🙂

      August 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm

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