22 Apr '14, 3am

The history of #handbags : A timeline

Advancements in technology during the Victorian era meant a larger array of styles and fabrics were available for handbag design and production. Women embroidered purses with the goal of showing them off to their potential husbands. They'd spend substantial amounts of time embroidering them, marking the date and their own initials on the outside. Women wore chatelaines, decorative belt hooks or clasps worn at the waist with a series of chains with a bag-like receptacle suspended from it. The advent of the railroad and train travel in 1843 lead to a need for hand-held luggage. The term "handbag" was a consequence of this development. Luggage for train-travel was different than women's purses and pouches, which were made by dressmakers. The horse travel accessories industry turned their attention to luggage-making. Modern handbags still reference early luggage design with th...

Full article: http://www.handbagheaven.com/history-of-handbags.html

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