Monday, 6 April 2015

Faigen Handbags - Fabulous and Mysterious

I have discovered the fabulous Faigen handbag. Producing interesting and high quality bags for decades, this vintage Sydney designer handbag company is proving to be somewhat mysterious, and I have been able to find remarkably little information about them on the internet.

Grey Double-hinged Leather Bag

Here is what little I know about them:

1. The have been producing high quality handbags in Australia for decades, possibly since 1927, but I have not been able to verify this date.

Black Suede Calf Skin Bag
2. The company was recently featured in a Jewish Fashion exhibition in Sydney.

Caramel Tortoise Shell Clutch

3. The company still exists, and after a long time not having produced any (or many) bags, they are planning a revival.

Grey clutch

4. They are highly collectible.

Four are listed for sale in my Etsy store, and I will be listing the other one soon.

Please, if you know anything about this company, comment or email me because I would love to know.


  1. Thanks for this article, Joanne. I picked up a Faigen handbag at an op shop and it is beautiful - so beautifully made and lovely leather. It won't be the last one I buy.

  2. Hi Joanne. My mother used to work for them when they were located at Central close to the station. In fact I used to work there during the school holidays. That was back in the late 70s and into the 80s. I was just looking them up because I wondered what had become of them. I thought they had been bought out by one of the designer brands. I heard it was Oroton but maybe not if they are still around. If I remember correctly, the business was passed down from father to his two sons but the father, who was quiet old, was still involved back then. I still have a couple of their bags. They are works of art. Good luck with your search...

  3. Thanks for the info, Cynthia. Great to know.

  4. Hi Joanne
    I recently purchased a bag from Lifeline, it's brown leather and looks like a doctor's medicine bag. Would you like a picture?

    1. Hi Susan, I would be happy to add it to this post

  5. Hi there, I have just also bought an amazing faigen bag from lifeline. I found a website online regarding their line called Latinas

    I wonder if this is where most of the business focus is now. The one I have stated made in Australia so I’m guessing it’s part of the original line.