Guide to Handbags

Handbag : What is it?


Handbags are types of luggage used for carrying small essential items such as keys, cell phones, notebooks, wallets, and makeup. They are made of durable materials like nylon and leather. They can be used for both day and evening activities, depending on their material, size, and style. They are available in accordion, baguette, pompadour, pouchette, reticule, sac a dos, sac seau, and serviette types. 

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Types of Handbags


Kinds of Handbags include the following:

Accordion handbags

  • Accordion handbags are made with several interior compartments organized into slots that can expand their size and increase storage space.
  • They can be made leather, plastic, cloth, or nylon dyed in a variety of colors.
  • They can have zipper closures or snap fasteners.
  • They have adjustable shoulder straps.

Baguette handbags

  • Baguette handbags are characterized by their compact, narrow, and long structure.
  • They originated from the earlier bags designed for carrying long or oblong objects.
  • They can be made of stiff canvas or leather dyed in different colors or printed in a variety of designs.
  • They have shoulder straps that let the bags fall just under the arm.
  • They are usually closed by metal or magnetic clasps set in front.

Pompadour handbags

  • Pompadour handbags are compact pouches originally made of lace and velvet.
  • They were popularized by the Marquise de Pompadour in the 18th century.
  • They were used for storing money, handkerchiefs, smelling salts, and notebooks.
  • Today, they can be made of organic materials like hemp.
  • They are made with short strings for wrapping around the wrist.

Pouchette handbags

  • Pouchette handbags are also called clutch bags.
  • They are compact bags originally made without handles or straps.
  • They are made of leather, nylon, or stiff fabric.
  • They can be clutched under the arm or worn over the shoulder if they come with short shoulder straps.

Reticule handbags

  • Reticule handbags are also called string bags.
  • They are small pouches made of crocheted, netted, or mesh fabric.
  • They were originally used for storing tools and provisions.

Sac a dos handbags

  • Sac a dos handbags come with long shoulder straps for carrying them on the back like backpacks or rucksacks.
  • They are made with front flaps.
  • They are commonly made of leather.
  • They can have optional handles.

Sac seau handbags

  • Sac seau handbags are large bags with multiple interior pockets.
  • They can be made of fabric or genuine leather.

Serviette handbags

  • Serviette handbags are also called briefcases and attaché cases.
  • They are rectangular bags with half front flaps closed by metal clasps.
  • They are made of stiffened leather.
  • They are used for carrying documents and papers.

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Choosing Handbags (Buying tips)

Size: Choose a handbag spacious enough for storing all your essential items. Invest in a set with varying sizes, allowing you to choose the one with the appropriate size for your activity.

When choosing a large handbag, choose one with multiple inside pockets and compartments for organizing your keys, makeup, pens, and notebooks.

Stitches: To ensure quality and durability, choose a handbag with even stitches free of bumps, gaps, and loose threads. Good stitching is essential to a durable handbag.

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