The use of handbags goes back to the early 1900s and they were understandably a little different in design from the ones found today. Originally made from materials found more commonly during the time they were made, they can still be found today to be made from fabric, yarn, leather, plastic and even paper (albeit reinforced paper).
Many designers and design houses include handbags in their fashion collection and some are more famous for their bags than other items in their collection. The brand Hermes has, for example, made the Kelly bag one of the most sought after handbags. It was designed for a famous actress who later became a member of European royalty. This particular bag is not only very expensive but has a waiting list of many years.
Handbags come in numerous designs and shapes and among the more well-known ones are the Bowling bag, the Baguette, Bucket, Hobo, Messenger, Satchel and the Tote. There are many more shapes that find their popularity wane and wax as dictated by the fashion trends. There are also many celebrities that have started their own line of handbags and some of them have achieved more success in marketing them than others.
Handbags can be found to be made from various materials and most of the ones you find in stores nowadays are made from synthetic materials. This is mainly because these are cheaper to manufacture in bulk and this in turn translates to savings in cost for the customer. Then there is also the element of fashion trends which change from season to season. For this reason, many bag manufacturers prefer to use synthetic materials to keep their costs down because they will be making different styles of bags as the seasons change.
Other than synthetic materials, handbags can also be found to be made from leather and animal skin such as those of snakes and crocodiles. Those that are crocheted and knitted are another option and these seem to be making a comeback to the fashion scene. Handmade items usually cost more because of the time and cost of the materials but there are many who willingly invest in these items. As these items are handmade, it is highly unusual to find two that are exactly the same and this is one of the reasons some people buy these.
Along with the variety of colours these handbags come in; which can range from one end of the colour spectrum to the other and every other shade in between, the size also varies. From big, bulky bags to slim reticules, there is a shape, size, colour and materials for everyone.
Most women have more than one handbag in their collection and more and more men are also carrying bags today. These bags may be known as messenger bags or even ‘man bags’. Men have found that it is easier to carry their belongings (especially their electronic gadgets) in bags that are slung over their shoulder than to carry them separately. Handbags will always be around for the fact that they are convenient, versatile and can be matched with any outfit.