ROYAL PURSES Author: Barbara Catanese Purses that belonged to particular people are always charming; as for me I have a deep penchant for history. Therefore when, some time ago, I succeeded in acquiring this purse, I was overwhelmed by strong emotions. As you can easily see it’s a sable pouch (height 7cm, diameter 9cm) […]
A woman seen through the eye of her needle: A reflection on the importance of workbags in the past centuries Author: Barbara Catanese Rome, 18th May 2017 “A workbag seems to be such a common name for a lovely creation” and indeed the seventeenth and even more the eighteenth workbags are such delightful silk wonders […]
Between 1955 and 1956, Dodge produced the first car specifically marketed to women, which came in pink exterior and a pink handbag.
Check out this amazing flame stitch pocketbook from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art.
By Richard Green, Bead Society of Great Britain
A wide range of beaded purses and other articles of beadwork were made by Iroquois peoples over several decades of the 19th century for the souvenir market in the North American Northeast. They were sold to early European and Euro-American visitors to the region at tourist venues such as Niagara Falls, Saratoga Springs, and in the vicinity of Montreal.
By Terri Lykins
Many of us have been avid beaded purse collectors for many years, even decades. As a purse collector and restorer, I thought it might be fun to go a bit deeper into the artistic aspects of purse design by describing the different types of beads that were used to construct our bags, and what these finishes and cuts bring to the overall effect of the finished design.
By Barbara Catanese
I think that most of us have mainly or exclusively women’s purses in one’s own collection, but I love men’s purses as well, since not only in the past they were very rich and elaborate but especially because following their path we can rebuild men’s fashion better and imagine what kind of men they were, their way of living, character and hobbies.
By Christine Giordano, Harper’s Bazaar
At 95, Judith Leiber carefully walks down an aisle of her palladian-style Hamptons museum surrounded by 1,500 handbags, most of them bedazzled with thousands of crystals. Her eyes graze two small metal clutches-one shaped like an eggplant and the other, an asparagus. “I just thought it was a good idea to try to make something strange we’d never made before,” Leiber shrugs. “They’re still selling.”
By Hunter Oatman-Stanford, Collector’s Weekly
Adrift in a sea of digital apps for every imaginable function, we often feel our needs are met better today than in any previous era. But consider the chatelaine, a device popularized in the 18th century that attached to the waist of a woman’s dress, bearing tiny useful accessories, from notebooks to knives. In many ways chatelaines provided better access to such objects than we have today: How often have you searched for your keys or cell phone at the bottom of a cavernous bag?