The Simone Handbag Museum in Seoul, South Korea is a museum dedicated to handbags 300 bags are on display at the museum, dating from 1550 to the present
The museum is divided into two halves, Twentieth Century and Contemporary, and Historic (1500-1900).
The museum opened on July 19, 2012 in Seoul's Gangnam District, in a building resembling a handbag! The collection was established
by Kenny Park, CEO of Simone Handbags, and was assembled and curated by Judith Clark, Professor of Fashion and Museology at the London College of Fashion.
The collection was assembled at a cost of £1 million. Most of the handbags
are European in origin, with some contemporary bags from the United States.
Bespoke mannequins at the museum have been designed to draw the visitors attention to the bags on display, two of the mannequins were designed by milliner Stephen
The museum is housed in a 10 storey building called Bagstage. As well as the museum, Bagstage incorporates a shop selling bag materials; workshops where new Korean designers can work rent-free; a section
where craftsmen will produce bags; and two shops.