The desire to be organised is universal and timeless. To be able to find what you need, when you need it is not a recent thing.
Bags and purses have been used by women…and men to carry money and other personal items for thousands of years – pockets were not invented until the end of the 16th century. This is when the man bag disappeared.
The industrial age was the beginning of an explosion in the variety of bags available. As women became income earners and were out and about more, handbags changed to meet the growing variety of practical needs.
There were bags for going to the office, bags for walking and visiting, and elegant, sparkling bags and minaudières (metal clutches with handles or straps) for evening use.
Fast forward to the 20th century…we saw the birth of handbag designers such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada. For fashion designers such as Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Donna Karan and Dolce & Gabbana, the handbag became an important accessory.
Over the past 100 years, hand bag design has not really changed but our desire to lug our lives around in our bags has seen the size of bags grow. It is a common sight to see someone rifling around in their deep dark handbag looking for keys, purse or phone…followed by grunts of frustration.
The handbag is here to stay – no longer just a practical tool but a fashion accessory, changing with every season.
Handbags can also be used as weapons, sometimes with very funny consequences….click here for a laugh!