Handbag came to exist

The term "handbag" has only been around since the mid-nineteenth, but the concept and idea of them have been around since the day humans have needed to care important items with them. From the ancient beaded bags to the haute couture totes of the modern era, handbags have been strongly influenced by technological and societal changes. It is the chameleon of the fashion world, constantly changing in its surroundings based on the needs and taste of the wearer and time.

Biblical times make reference to satchels, bags, and carriers in many forms. Both men and women used them on a daily bases and continue to utilize them in the work place as well as home life. At the turn of the fourteenth century, the location of the pouches themselves switched from whole body bags to attaching them to their girdles. Not only were the useful, many types of purses had deeper meanings such as an ecclesiastical purse would hold important relics, and most importantly the seal bag was made specifically for the Keeper of the Great Seal.

As time and fashion shifted, so did the needs of the bags. In the sixteenth century, women's skirts became fuller and more unconventional to have your important items attached to a girdle that was not easily accessible any longer. This time of the world is also when the invention of pockets became prevalent in every day fashion which will be carried in to the future of purse design. By the end of the seventeenth century, purses no longer were used solely for the obvious uses of bags but as a sign of sophistication and class.

The nineteenth century saw many agricultural, industry, and societal which had an impact on every facet of life. Science during the Victorian era brought women a wide array of new fabrics which women were anxious to incorporate in to the rest of their outfits. The increase in textile excitement also lead to women embroidering and adding unique details to the purses they have. Beyond science, the creation of the railroad system lead to women traveling more and needing larger, portable places to put their clothing and toiletries. Hence, the luggage industry was born, in which many of today's most renowned handbag designers had their start such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton.

By the 1930s, most of the bags trends of today had been invented, including the classic handbag which had a handles and a clasp frame, the clutch, the satchel, and the shoulder bag. The 30's bag reflected the art deco style and also introduced plastic and zippers. The 1940's took a shift with the war, and everything began to have a military feel to it and the bags became larger and squarer. The 1950s catapulted handbags into cult status. Major designers enjoyed a culture where accessorizing and color coordinating was almost an expectation. This is the time when bags began to represent femininity and beauty which is the culture norm as of the 2000's.

From the 1960's until the 1990's there was a constant shift in trending and breaking of fashion boundaries. The patterns, fabrics, and sizes shifted like the waves at each as each and every decade came to an end. Women saw everything from the invention of the long to the clutch, to the addition of buckles and zippers as a décor mechanism. One of the brightest moments to come out of this thirty-year span was the classic quilted handbag look brought by Vera Bradley.

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