The role of earlier bags was carried by large pockets sawn on top of the clothes. The first pieces were offered to the public in late 1600s, with pockets taking a prominent position on camisoles, dresses and trousers. This was a more sophisticated way of carrying around coins and small items, which naturally replaced earlier pouches often made of fish skin, fabrics and decorated with feathers.

Womens Accessory

Growing popularity of pockets in the 17th century, made the bag officially become a womens accessory since men more and more used their pockets to carry personal items without any need of attaching them to the belt or girdle.

Hanging Purses

Womens fashion of the 18th and most of the 19th centuries was about creating striking contrast between the waste line and the volume of the skirt. Womens skirts were so voluminous that hiding one or two little pouches between the skirts was a norm and a helpful way of carrying around keys and household utensils.

Status Symbol

Later on, simple ladies pouches were replaced with purses on a chatelaine (a metal hook with a few chains to which small items could be attached, such as keys, sawing scissors, watch etc.). Chatelaines were worn in the hand or attached to the belt, and were often seen as the status symbol. Therefore, they were often made of precious metals and decorated with sophisticated ornaments.

Classic Elaboration

Classicism and its principles of harmony, seen in the art works of ancient Greece and Rome, had an immense impact on architecture, literature and womens fashion (of course), with dresses becoming more straight and the waistline moving upwards. With no more space for attaching the Chatelaines, the content moved into the reticule, or the Finger Purse carried on a chord or chain.

Ultimate Craftsmanship

Reticule fashion was first introduced by Madame de Pompadour who had an immense influencer of the finest womens wardrobes. The reticule is a small drawstring bag carried as a purse, initially hand knitted from patterned silk with outstanding craftsmanship. As an important statement about one's status, the reticules were carefully crafted by hand and boasted unique patterns and designs.

First Leather Bags

The first handle leather handbag as we know it today, was made in 1841 in London. It was crafted for the wife of Samuel Parkinson, the confectioner, grocer and tea dealer who believed her current purse was not big enough for carrying her particulars. He ordered for her a collection of bags of different sizes for various occasions, and this is how the first ever collection of luxury leather handbags was born. These bags are displayed to the public in the handbag museum in Amsterdam.

Modern Era

The 20th century saw art and fashion movements, together with social changes when women became more engaged in the industrial process and therefore, more mobile. These changes prompted replacement of reticules with more practical handbags used for storing documents, carrying everyday items as well as womens accessories. Emerging designer brands brought striking variety into styles, sizes and materials, making the handbag a fashionable women's accessory that tells a story about its owner.

Why Leather Bags?

Despite fast fashion trends, the only accessory that has never gone out of fashion is leather bags. Premium qualities of leather, its durability, wearability and beautiful aging makes premium leather bags a choice of many who value long term investments. Buying a high quality leather bag beautifully complements your wardrobe and makes a reliable companion for all your life ventures.

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