National Handbag Day is observed annually on October 10th. This is a day to celebrate all the different types of handbags.
Handbags come in many shapes and sizes. They can be the size of an envelope or almost as large as an overnight bag. They are available in every imaginable solid color and designs from leopard and zebra prints to calf skin and rhinestones. There truly is something for every taste and style.
- 2 out of 10 luxury purses on the street are knockoffs
- London’s H.J. Cave made the first luxury leather handbag. In 1841, Cave manufactured the first small and resistant handbags from durable leather. These were especially made for the family of a very successful business man, Samuel Parkinson. Of course, his wife’s purse had a more delicate size and shape. Now, these bags can be seen in the Amsterdam Handbag Museum.
- Rumor has it that, at the end of each year, Louis Vuitton burns all its unsold products.
- The first person mentioned in a written text as wearing a bag is Judas Iscariot. The Bible makes him the first purse owner in history.
- The first unisex bag was launched in 1985 by Miuccia Prada and it was a black nylon knapsack that’s currently still very trendy.
- The average woman has 6 purses.
- Initially, handbags were male accessories. History is very clear about this. Men were the first ones to use handbags for carrying their things around. Priests in Africa were famous for their beaded purses while Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs picture men with pouches.
- Early medieval times across Europe saw peasants fashioning small bags to be able to transport things like seeds and from market places back to their homes.
- Technological advancements in the 19th century saw the handbag being fashioned out of a wide range of fabrics in a wide range of sizes. The increase in train travel meant that people wanted a handbag to carry their valuables in safely. We saw the introduction of the carpet bag.
- Hermes introduced the first handbag with a zipper in 1923.
- Gucci began using its cane handles in the 1940’s, during WWII, because of the leather shortage.