6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Handbags

August 22, 2014

There is always something new to learn about handbags, whether it is the history of these fashion items or interesting facts, which you can use to surprise your friends. Here are some of the most intriguing facts about handbags, which will make you look at your lovely arm candies in a new light.

6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Handbags

Bags were invented for men

There is a significant evidence, which suggests that the bags were originally used by men. Archeologists have found Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, which depict man carrying purses around their waist. We also know that ancient African priests used beaded bags, which could be a proof that in the ancient times men were into embellished goods just as much as women are today! You can use this information next time your man laughs at your girly hobby.

Pouches precede pockets

Compared to bags, pockets are a fairly recent invention. In ancient and medieval times men and women used pouches to carry their necessities. In fact, originally pockets were pouches worn around the waist and the term “pocket” was used for the first time in the 17th century to describe a purse, which could be reached through a slit in a coat or a jerkin.

6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Handbags

Clutch bags are a relatively new invention

Clutches were not commonly used by women before the 1900s and in the beginning they were not even called clutch bags, but “pochettes”. We can’t imagine the world of fashion without these exquisite bags, so we are grateful that someone in the early 20th century came up with the idea and made clutches popular!

The most expensive handbag in the world is 1001 Nights Diamond Purse

If you thought that you have spent a fortune on your designer handmade bag, you will probably feel less guilty once you hear the price of the most expensive handbag in the world. The 1001 Nights Diamond Purse created by Mouwad, a Swish company, costs $3.8M and is officially featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive purse. What makes it so expensive? The bag is encrusted with 18-karat gold and 4,517 diamonds, so it looks like a one, gigantic piece of jewelry. On the side note, the Mouwad company also holds Guinness records for the most expensive necklace and the most pricey piece of lingerie.

6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Handbags

The first unisex bag was introduced in 1985

The first bag, which was sold as a unisex fashion item was the black, nylon knapsack designed by Miuccia Prada. The brand’s backpacks from the 80s are still popular today and you can sometimes spot them on the streets and on fashion blogs.

Louis Vuitton burns all its unused bags

Ourlast news is a rumor, which has been repeated for years and according to which Louis Vuitton destroys all unsold bags by the end of each season. The reason for doing so is to keep the exclusivity of the brand and avoid reducing the prices of the products. If the rumor is true, the practice is definitely extreme, but seems to work – Louis Vuitton is one of the most popular brands in the world of handbags.

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