Handbags through history as the history of women
Handbags have been essential to daily life ever since people have had something precious to carry around with them. The items carried have changed over time, but like the designs or materials used to create the bags.
The ﬁrst handbag mention comes from the 14th century
The very first handbag mention in written literature comes from the 14th century, where the embroidery and jewels adorned these articles and were used to show status- the richer the person, the more elaborate the bag.
In the 16th century fashion dramatically changed and handbags took on more of an air of practicality, which was strongly reflected on the use of everyday materials such as leather. In the 17th century appeared an enormous variety of bags, with different sizes and shapes, and both carried by fashionable men and women. At that time young girls were taught embroidery as a very necessary skill to make them marriageable and we see the rise of beautiful and unique stitched artwork in the handbags of that age. By the 18th century women started to have a different bag for every occasion and every fashion magazine had arguments on the proper carrying of these purses, showing that a handbag was a fashion trend.
Despite all its history, the term “handbag” was not used for the first time until the early 1900’s and generally referred to handheld luggage bags usually carried by men. These were an inspiration for new bags designs that became popularised for women, including the details of complicated fasteners, internal compartments and locks. There was an existing demand for new purse styles that were more durable and could hold more items. By the time, traveling was in vogue, and this resulted in luggage makers beginning to create bags for women to use while travelling on trains.
The history of the handbag is the story of women
The woman’s handbag as we know it, however, is a much more recent development in the long, humble history of the bag. As the years progressed and handbags became further entrenched in women’s daily lives, they became a barometer for the times, adroitly reflecting the sensibilities of the women who sported them and the culture in which those women lived.
The history of the handbag is then the story of women: women’s changing tastes, priorities and roles in society. Handbags have thrived in times of excess and survived in times of scarcity, and even defied repeated calls by feminists to replace them with pockets.
Overall, the variety and adaptability of the bag are the very components which allow its evolution to creatively persist.
Boho leather handbags made in Barcelona
Nowadays we find infinite types of bags, with a great variety of materials, shapes and colors, and all of them can be used to carry personal items such as money, makeup, electronic devices and more. Untitled Barcelona artists’ design handbags for women, with a message to empower the divine feminine and full of magic and art.
We cannot divine the future of the woman’s handbag, but for sure today is about expressing yourself through it and to feel comfortable with the bag you wear. That is the main reason why our team designs handmade bags in Barcelona, where we invite you to discover our collection and understand are way of thinking and creating.