History for the pocketbook


  • The term "purse" originally referred to a small bag for holding coins
  • A "handbag" is a larger accessory that holds objects beyond currency, such as a woman's personal items
  • Purses were made of soft fabric or leather, and were worn by men as often as ladies
  • The modern purse, clutch, pouch or handbag came about in England during the Industrial Revolution, in part due to the increase in travel by railway
  • Kate Spade arrived on the fashion scene in 1993
  • Gucci is an Italian brand with a 90 year history of high fashion, quality, and opulence
  • Michael David Kors made his fashion debut in 1981 when he launched his first-ever women's apparel line
  • Marc Jacobs launched his own handbag line in 2000
  • Louis Vuitton (LV) is a 160-year-old French company that started off creating canvas travel cases and luggage pieces
  • In the early 1920's, Gabrielle Coco Chanel desired a more practical handbag that would be easy to carry.

Materials used for handbags

  • Fabrics
  • Stabilizers
  • Handbag Bottom
  • Handles and Hardware
  • Closures
  • Embellishments
  • Glues and Adhesives
  • Tools
  • Sewing techniques

Who were the notable designers of the time


Louis Vuitton (LV)

Marc Jacobs

Michael Kors


Kate Spade