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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Handbag

Early modern Europeans wore handbag pouches, which contained their coins. They were made of soft fabric or leather and were worn by men as often as ladies.

In 1670, breeches with built-in pockets came into fashion and men dispensed with their handbags. But they did continue to carry a little netted "purse" for money inside the pocket.

In the 1920's, as dresses got skimpier, handbags became indispensable, and have remained so until the present, both as a utility and as a fashion item reflecting a personal style. Now every fashion has its handbag and every woman can have a wardrobe of shapes and colors.

Louis Vuitton sued dog toy company Haute Diggity Dog over their "Chewy Vuiton" chewy handbags in 2007. The court ruled in favor of the dog toy company.

A woman will own an average of 111 handbags in her lifetime.


The world's most expensive handbag is covered in 382 carats of diamonds and costs $3.8 million. Designed and crafted by ten craftsmen from the world famous jeweler, House of Mouawad, the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse took over 8,800 hours to complete.

Queen Elizabeth II' has a whopping 200 handbags in her collection. Her signature handbag is made by British luxury leather manufacturer Launer and costs £1000 ($2200).

Queen Elizabeth carries a gold powder compact and dark pink lipstick in her handbag at all times for essential retouching.

The Queen uses her handbag to communicate. If she places it on the table, it means she wants to leave the event in five or so minutes. Holding her bag to the side is a sign that she wants to move on and a lady-in-waiting will rush to her side.

The Japanese for ‘handbag’ is handubagu.

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