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State of the Union: The Handbag

A big history leading to a small bag

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The handbag, a few pieces of leather sewn together that has had a tremendous effect on how humans have carried things around throughout history.


It’s amazing to think that handbags have come such a long way. Handbags in ancient history were thrown together in order to carry essentials needed to hunt or for gathering fruits and vegetables. Handbags today can cost up to six figures, be made from the finest leather money can buy and can be as small as a tube of lipstick. The handbag has come in many shapes and sizes over time and its purpose varies depending on how it’s designed.


As of 2021 handbags are being designed and produced to be smaller and smaller. French fashion label Dior solidifies that statement by having a handbag literally called “The Micro Lady Dior Bag.”


The micro size of bags in contemporary fashion makes me question the actual use of the bags. Handbags today are not necessarily used for utility like they were in the past. People are now using handbags as aesthetic pieces instead of utilitarian bags that carry things you could need throughout the day.


Handbags are now just a mere accessory to the complete outfit someone is wearing. They can be designed to be incredibly small because no one is actually putting anything in them! These new designs encourage buyers to not only carry less but to not carry anything at all.

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