Carry Me: 1950’s Lucite Purses: An American Fashion

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Purse Books
Carry Me: 1950’s Lucite Purses: An American Fashion

Celebrate the fabulous fashions of the 1950s and 1960s with a book devoted to the glory of the Lucite handbag. “Carry Me” by Janice Berkson is packed with 160 pictures of these trendsetting acrylic plastic handbags. More than a coffee table book, “Carry Me” also traces manufacturers and designers, shows photos of original ads and more.

Review: Artistic Leather of the Arts and Crafts Era

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Purse Books
Review: Artistic Leather of the Arts and Crafts Era

Book by Daniel Lees Review by Jennifer Whitehair Available for purchase from: Amazon, On sale for $40.59 In the antique and collectibles market the accepted age at which an item moves from vintage to antique is 100 years old. So it comes as no surprise that leather purses manufactured between 1895 and 1920s are gaining a renewed […]

Review: Bags: A selection from the Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Purse Books
Review: Bags: A selection from the Museum of Bags and Purses, Amsterdam

Is there something for everyone? Just when you think you’ve “seen it all” and are pretty savvy navigating the world of the antique purse, Sigrid Ivo appears with more eye candy and intriguing information for the serious antique purse collector.

Review: Perle für Perle

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Purse Books
Review: Perle für Perle

In the history of textiles and especially costume, there are few books that qualify as scholarly and groundbreaking. Sabina Schürenberg’s book, Perle für Perle, is one such book.

Review: Handbags: The Making of a Museum

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Purse Books
Review: Handbags: The Making of a Museum

Judith Clark’s superb book, Handbags: The Making of a Museum, is a unique and compelling treatment on the object of our affections: the purse. Besides picturing the entire collection of approximately 300 purses, chapters are also devoted to a discussion of the actual creation and design of the museum, including the making and posing of the mannequins …

Review: Vintage Handbags

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Purse Books
Review: Vintage Handbags

Marnie Fogg was a university lecturer on fashion and textiles and is now a fashion expert and media consultant on all aspects of the fashion industry. This book is about 20th century handbags and goes through the century decade by decade. There are also short sections on designers including Schiaparelli, Chanel, Pucci, Bonnie Cashin and Enid Collins.

Review: I Just Love That Bag

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Purse Books
Review: I Just Love That Bag

The first thing you notice about this book, is that it’s not just a book, but it’s also a bag and includes some lovely purse themed stationery with two designs on 10 cards.

Review: It’s in the Bag – What purses reveal and conceal

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Purse Books
Review: It’s in the Bag – What purses reveal and conceal

What? No eye popping photos and plates with vibrant colors? Not this time folks. Be content with the small pen and ink drawings which show up within the book’s sections. Also fully enjoy Winifred Gallagher’s treatise on the It bag and those who seek the magic to create it.

Review: Handbags – What Every Woman Should Know

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Purse Books
Review: Handbags – What Every Woman Should Know

It was during our recent holiday in the Blue Mountains of NSW, that we stumbled across as small bookshop that had this little gem inside. We immediately snapped it up for $25.

Review: Purses In Pieces

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Purse Books
Review: Purses In Pieces

Books abound on purses from the 20th century. There are a few which cover purses from the 19th, 18th and a bit of the 17th century. Now, finally, there is a publication strictly on the earliest of early purses, Purses in Pieces.