The Incredible History of Handbags


Handbags are now an integral part of the fashion industry. However, did you know that they have a rich history? You might be surprised to know that the history of handbags dates back to the 17th century. Today, in most English speaking countries, handbags are still known as handbags or money bags. They have gone through an incredible evolutionary journey to become the great fashion successes that they are today. Here we will introduce you to the incredible history of handbags so that you can appreciate your little fashion accessories better than before.

Ancient history and objective

In the 17th century, men's and women's clothes had no pockets or compartments. Therefore, they mainly carried handbags to transport coins. At that time, these leather handbags were quite large and the people who wore them laughed at the fashion statement they had created.

However, in the 18th century, women began to aspire to handbags that were both compact and elegant. This gave birth to one of the first styles of handbags ever created – the crosshairs. Silk and velvet were used to create these reticles that women wore attached to their bracelets. Although these bags were originally created in France, their popularity spread to many parts of the world in the late 18th century, making it an integral part of women's fashion.

The clutch style of handbags was introduced during the era of the industrial revolution in England. The main purpose of this bag was to easily carry it on a train trip. This time it was around the early 1900s.

An interesting style of women's handbags that were used in the 16th century were the Chatelaine handbags. These weren't considered handbags but accessories that women wore at the waist with a waist chain attached to the bags. In these bags, women carried their essential household accessories such as scissors, sewing tools, keys and others. The best part of these bags was that they were made from precious and semi-precious stones and worn only by wealthy or royal women.

The birth of luxury handbags

It was in 1914 that an industrialist named Samuel Parkinson from Doncaster wanted special and personalized handbags for his wife so that they could be unique from the rest of the handbags for other passengers who were traveling by train. It was around this time that the first luxury handbags were created for Doncaster by HJ Cave. These were produced in minimal quantities and only targeted the elite class.

Modern handbags

In the 20th century, women's handbags were no longer limited to leather, silk, precious stones or velvet. Thanks to the popularity of these bags, many manufacturers have started to make these handbags in fabric, thread, rayon, raffia and the like. These handbags have been made in all sizes and shapes, so that women can use it as per their convenience. It was the time when youth culture was in full swing. Today, there are hundreds of stylish shoulder bags to match the pants, mini skirts and modern clothes that women have started wearing.


As you can see above, the beautiful handbags that you wear everyday have evolved wonderfully to get to where they are today. Choose them wisely to show off your personality well before others.

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