This is interesting......

I thought it would be fun to list all the different names we now have for bags, handbags can be categorized according to the silhouette of the bag, as well as the type of handle. After reading this, it seems incredibly obvious to me and i'm sure you, as to why they have been called those bags, but something I really think most people have probably never ever thought about. 


Some of the current popular handbag silhouettes are:

Bag names we look for nowadays: 


Baguette: a small, narrow, rectangular shape bag, resembling a French loaf of bread hence Baguette! 


Barrel: Shaped like a barrel or closed tube, usually with shoulder length straps.


Bowling bag: a popular 1990's retro style for younger women, modelled after American bags used to carry bowling balls. 


Bucket bags: shaped like a bucket! med-size or large, with shoulder straps and a drawstring closure.  The Louis Vuitton Bucket bag is so popular and springs to mind. 


Clutch: a handbag always without handles, rectangular in shape, often an evening bag but used during the day as well. 


Doctor's bag: modelled after a Victorian era doctor's bag for making housecalls. 


Drawstring: a purse that closes with a drawstring at the top, may have wrist or shoulder length straps, popular as an evening bag style.


Half-Moon: yes shaped like a half-moon!


Hobo: med size crescent shaped bag with a top zipper and often a slouch or dip in the centre; a modern, casual silhouette.


Lighted: a handbag with a lighting system - eventually a success after many attempts over the years. 


Messenger bag: one long strap worn across the body, inspired by bags worn by urban messengers to deliver business mail, a modern silhouette.  Prada come to mind. 


Minaudière: have a look at my blog for these! but a small evening bag, usually hard-bodied and many crystal ones, usually for glam formal evenings.


Muff: a winter bag made of real or faux fur, wool or velvet that has zippered compartments and a slip opening for hands. 


Pouch: a small bag such as a pocket, sporran, or money bag, which i call bum bags!


Saddle bag:  shaped yes like a horse saddle! may have equestrian motifs and hardware to emphasize the design, Dior comes straight to mind, i loved my saddle bag back then. 


Satchel:  a soft-sided case usually of leather. 


Tote: med to large bag with two straps and an open top, so popular these bags. 



Hardware: A distinction can also be made between soft-body handbags or frame handbags, where a metal frame supports the textile or leather of the bag.  Frame bags often use a kissing lock closure, with two interlocking metal beads set on the top of the frame.  Kissing locks were popular on handbags during the early-to-mid 20th century and remain popular with vintage collectors and in retro designs.  These locks are still seen on smaller change purses.  Diamante clasps were in use by the 1930's.  In later decades designers found popular success with zipper closures, flaps, and even magnetic clasps hidden in the fabric of handbags. 


Purse Hooks:  A rather new invention this side of the world, known as a Handbag hook here, it's a type of hook meant to temporarily secure your bag to a table, sink or armrest or wherever it will work! great to keep great bags for longer!

A bag placed on the floor in a restaurant or anywhere will collect bacteria, fungi and viruses.  In Brazil there is a superstition that a woman will lose all of her money if she puts her purse on the floor. 


I think now with all the social media and internetting in this 21st century, it sure has given many luxury designer brands a lot more opportunity to earn more income because there are far more items to produce regarding, ipad covers, iphone covers, laptop bags, pouches, bum bags, smaller accessories bags in general, so many of those about, and are often included in their collection lines each year.  I personally have bought quite a few of these for myself and for my family over the years and know that this is a huge NEW earner for some of these luxury designer brands. There is just no end to how these luxury fashion houses can make even more money!




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