National Hand Bag Day

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Have you ever been accused of having a handbag addiction? Well, fear not because today is National Handbag Day! Get ready to celebrate your love for these fashionable accessories that hold our essentials and simultaneously make us feel like a million bucks. Here's everything you need to know about this fabulous day!

When is Hand Bag Day?

It's national hand bag day on the 10th October.

The Origins of National Handbag Day

While the exact origin of National Handbag Day remains a mystery, one thing is for certain: handbags have been an essential part of human history for centuries. From simple pouches and baskets to the luxurious designer handbags we know and love today, these accessories have always been a symbol of style and practicality.

In recent years, the internet has played a significant role in popularizing National Handbag Day. On this day, fashion enthusiasts, celebrities, and handbag lovers from all walks of life come together to share their most coveted collections and styles on social media.

The Dos and Don'ts of Handbag Etiquette

When it comes to handbags, there are a few unwritten rules that every fashionable individual should follow:

  • Do keep your handbag organized. Digging through a chaotic mess of loose objects is not a good look.
  • Don't overload your handbag. We know you want to carry your entire life with you, but trust us, it's not worth it. Your shoulders will thank you.
  • Do match your handbag to your outfit. A well-coordinated look is always a win.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment with different styles and shapes. Variety is the spice of life, after all.
  • Do take care of your handbags. Treat them with love and care, and they'll last you a lifetime.

Handbags in Pop Culture

Over the years, handbags have made appearances in countless movies, TV shows, and songs. They have become iconic symbols of power, status, and personal style. Who could forget the infamous scene in "The Devil Wears Prada" where Miranda Priestly schools Andy on the importance of fashion, including the ever-so-famous line: "That's all." Cue the chills!

Did You Know?

Did you know that the world's most expensive handbag is worth a whopping $3.8 million? Designed by Mouawad, this heart-shaped bag is adorned with 4,517 diamonds and features an 18-karat gold frame. Talk about a fashion statement!

History behind the term 'Hand Bag'

14th century

The emergence of the 'Hende-bag'

In the 14th century, women started using small pouches known as 'hende-bags' to carry their personal belongings. These bags were typically attached to their waist or belt with a string or cord. The term 'hende' in Middle English means 'hand' or 'convenient.' These early bags were primarily used by women for carrying coins, handkerchiefs, and small personal items.

19th century

The rise of the reticule

During the 19th century, the 'hende-bag' evolved into a more stylish and fashionable accessory known as the reticule. Reticules were small, decorative bags made from various fabrics such as silk, velvet, or leather. They were often embellished with embroidery, beads, or lace. Reticules became a symbol of status and were carried by women as a fashion statement. They were primarily used to hold essentials like money, fans, and perfumes.

20th century

The term 'handbag' becomes popular

The term 'handbag' came into popular usage in the early 20th century to describe women's bags that were carried by hand or on the arm. People began to favor larger and more practical bags for everyday use. Handbags were designed to accommodate a wider range of personal belongings like wallets, cosmetics, and other essentials. The term 'handbag' was a more inclusive term than the previous 'hende-bag' or reticule and reflected the societal shift towards modernity and convenience.

21st century

Handbags as fashion statements

In the 21st century, handbags have become not only functional accessories but also significant fashion statements. Handbag designers gained prominence, and luxury brands started producing high-end handbags that became coveted items. Women and men alike use handbags as a way to express their personal style and communicate their status or taste. Handbags now come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, featuring unique designs and innovative features.

Did you know?

Did you know that the world's most expensive handbag is worth a whopping $3.8 million? Designed by Mouawad, this heart-shaped bag is adorned with 4,517 diamonds and features an 18-karat gold frame. Talk about a fashion statement!


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10th October 2015

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10th October 2015

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