Beauty & Fashion

From practical solution to practical accessory

From practical solution to practical accessory

The exact origin of the first handbag is a debated topic. Some say it originated in Africa while others say it was Italy, but what is a known fact, is that it was a practical solution to keeping loose bits in one place.

This very practical solution over the years evolved into a practical accessory, making it a game changer. No longer were bags just a few pieces of leather stitched together to carry stuff around – it became much more than that.

More recent decades have seen many different styles, colours and trends emerge. Icons such as Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace influenced the fashions of their times hugely, with a great many following in their stylish footsteps.

These days fashion is rather easy-going and pretty much anything goes – you see bags big and small, bright and neutral, structured and hobo-like. But regardless of what the bag looks like, apart from its functionality, the modern woman also wears her bag to express herself.

The 21st century saw the rise of the ‘it’ bag. Tom Ford famously said: “You gotta have it or you’ll die”. In one episode of Sex in the City, Samantha explained: “It’s not so much about the style, it’s what carrying it means”.

Designer bags have become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Not only has it become a woman’s personal office, emergency kit and carrier of important things, this fashion accessory are also worn to make a personal statement, or, in some cases, as a status symbol. Six-month waiting periods for the Hermes Kelly bag are a testimony to that.

Via La Moda, manufacturers of exclusive leather handbags and accessories say that whether or not a woman seek a designer bag with a label or opt for something subtle, what can’t be argued with is that a ladies’ handbag speaks volumes about her without saying a word.


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