OUR FAVORITE VINTAGE FANNY PACKS
It’s no secret that we love fanny packs. We carry over fifty styles including neon colors, metallic finishes, and one pack adorned with the devil’s lettuce (for our Colorado customers!). Despite all these wonderful new fanny packs, there was a hole in our vintage-loving hearts. A hole that could only be filled with true vintage fanny packs from the ’80s and ’90s. So, we found some! Here are thirteen of our favorites. We think they’re amazing, and we hope you do, too.
In its 28th season, The Simpsons is the longest-running show in television history. If you are going for a “long run”, this Simpson fanny pack circa 1990 is the ideal way to hold your wallet, keys, and cell phone. Sorry, that was a terrible joke.
What do you do with your Wayfarers, aviators, or other classic shades once the sun sets? Put them in this Ray-Ban fanny pack, of course. The classic sunglasses brand, started by “Bausch & Lomb” in 1935, was sold to Luxottica in 1999. Coincidentally, the “Bausch & Lomb” logo has faded on this lovely red and white fanny pack.
Spalding has made the official game ball of the National Basketball Association since 1983. In their spare time, they also made this sweet fanny pack, which has a super realistic basketball texture. They even included NBA commissioner David Stern’s signature on the pack. So authentic!
Before the iPod, before the Discman, there was the Walkman. The Sony Walkman TPS-L2 debuted in 1978 at a retail price of $200. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $761 today. In 1980, The Wall Street Journal called it “one of the hottest new status symbols around”. What better way to carry your shiny status symbol around than with this “Sony Sportspack”, a neoprene fanny pack made specifically for the Walkman.
Every iconic soda brand needs their own fanny pack. This Coca-Cola pack is the smallest on our list, but it’s just big enough to fit… a 12oz can of Coke. Because no one should leave the house without one, are we right?
Not a fan of cola, but still want to consume a bunch of sugary liquid calories? Hi-C, the juice flavored drink made by Minute Maid (a division of Coca-Cola) has got your back. And this ultra-90s two-tone fanny pack is enormous, with multiple pockets to hold all of your favorite Hi-C flavors, like “Poppin’ Lemonade” and “Flashin’ Fruit Punch”.
Do you remember when Microsoft’s slogan was “Making it easier”? Neither do we. But it must have been a thing for awhile, as evidenced by this beautiful fanny pack. While we’re on the topic of Microsoft, if you haven’t seen this video (of Bill Gates jumping over a chair) and this video (of Microsoft executives dancing on stage), you should probably watch them.
Shockingly, this is the only fanny pack on our list that’s shaped like a car. But not just any car—a NASCAR! In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past seventy years, NASCAR stands for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (duh). This particular car is number 24, famously driven by the dreamy Jeff Gordon, who FoxSports named the 5th best driver of all time.
Here’s a little-known fact from a little-known online encyclopedia called Wikipedia: “The Philadelphia Phillies are an American professional baseball franchise based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, dating back to 1883.” Another little-known fact: before they changed their name to the Phillies, the team was known as the “Quakers”.
If you grew up as a ’90s kid in America, you probably have fond memories of trying to pick Waldo out of a crowd. But if you grew up in England, you’d know this stripe wearing wanderer as “Wally”. Weird, right? But it get’s weirder. In German, he’s called Walter. In Norway, Willy. In Denmark, Holgen. And in France… Charlie. Being such an international superstar, Waldo clearly earned the right to have his own fanny pack.
Beverly Hills 90210 was the quintessential ’90s TV show. It followed twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh as they adjusted to the fast life of Beverly Hills after moving from Minneapolis. The show made teen idols out of the dreamboat male leads, Jason Priestley and Luke Perry. This fanny pack is the perfect way to have the teen heartthrobs around your waist at all times.
One look at this fanny pack and you might be wondering, “why are two candy bars riding a roller coaster?”. Well, those aren’t just any candy bars, they’re “Hershey” bars. And that isn’t just any roller coaster, it’s the famous Comet at Hershey Park in Hershey Pennsylvania. The Comet is a wooden roller coaster that opened in 1946, featuring a 78ft drop and a top speed of 50mph. This fanny pack was made to commemorate the reopening of the Comet after renovations in the 1990s.
Perhaps you’re a jaded theme park visitor who has outgrown the relatively quaint attractions at the aforementioned Hershey Park. In that case, we present you with a fanny pack from Universal Studios Orlando, one of America’s greatest vacation destinations. We can’t think of a more appropriate place to wear a fanny pack.