A handbag also called a purse, is a accessory that can hold objects and personal items and can vary in size, shape, and color. The most popular handbag silhouette is: bucket bag, drawstring, clutch, doctors bag, messenger bag, satchel, tote and pouch. The term handbag began to appear during the early 1900s. At first referred to men’s hand luggage but then women’s handbags grew larger and more complex and so the term handbag, became attached to the accessory.
Handbags (or purses) main purpose were to carry coins by the early modern europeans. These handbags were worn by women as well as men and they were made out of leather or soft fabric. In the 17th century, being able to make embroideries for young girls were a necessary skill, and so many beautiful embroidered handbags were made. in the late 18th century, in Europe, slender looking handbags became more trendy than the bulkier once and was mostly popular in France and later spread to Britain. Men, however still use purses and pockets, which was becoming popular in mens pants. In early modern Europe men used coin purses but, as pockets became popular in mens trousers during the 18th and 19th century those were used and of course they carried their money in wallets. During 1990s designers marketed a wider range of mens bags, which typically has a more masculine or unisex appearance.
Branding became very important during the 20th century, like one of todays Luxury designers came about, Louise Vuitton. Louis Vuitton handbags began in France and this person made luggage for top class households. In 1854 Louise Vuitton opened his own company and today, their handbags are supposed to be, all handmade, waterproof and fireproof, and last you your whole life. Supposedly these designer handbags are supposed to last longer, better quality of the material that it is made of, and on the plus side it is easier to resell designer bags for 50%-70% of the original price. Popular designer handbags today are: Louise Vuitton, Céline, Hermés, Chanel, Michael Kors, Dior, Givenchy and Gucci. Handbags is today a fashion accessory and the designs constantly changes.