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National Handbag Day 2023: Date, History, Facts, Activities

It appears that purses have always been a favorite of humans. Prior to their current status as fashion statements, they served as utilitarian carriers for work and lengthy journeys.

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National Handbag Day, observed on October 10, honors the accessory that serves as both a fashion statement and a practical necessity. Whether you carry a substantial amount of cash, munchies, tissues, and quarters in a mom purse or an exquisite designer handbag that costs thousands of dollars, you are aware that the handbag is a necessity for many women and even some men! Originally designed as utilitarian accessories for carrying essential items, handbags have since acquired an extensive vocabulary (ranging from satchel to purse), a diverse array of sizes, and an innumerable number of designs.

The background of National Handbag Day

It appears that purses have always been a favorite of humans. Prior to their current status as fashion statements, they served as utilitarian carriers for work and lengthy journeys. Purses date back to the prehistoric period. Otzi the Iceman, who resided in the region between Austria and Italy between 3400 and 3100 B.C., owned the first purse ever documented. He was not even alone! Historians concur that purses were initially carried primarily by men, especially for convenient access to coins; in fact, the purse came to represent masculine status.

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Long ago in prehistory, the man-purse era passed into the annals of modern history. From 1795 to 1820, the reticule, or tiny closed bag, quickly became a fashionable accessory among many women. There were no males with reticules. Following this period, handbags became obsolete. Affluent women started donning voluminous, oversized skirts with compartments the size of a medium handbag. Deep compartments were incorporated into gowns, providing women with an additional means of transporting essential items. However, this trend ceased when high-waisted dresses became fashionable and were no longer able to accommodate compartments.

Women intermittently carried a variety of handbags over the course of the subsequent centuries. The advent of the Second World War transformed both culture and fashion, whereas flappers and affluent noblewomen carried more opulent handbags in the early 20th century. Given that scarcity was a concern that nearly everyone faced, handbags assumed an appearance that was practical, sensible, and parsimonious. A bag style that gained popularity during this period is the practical shoulder bag, also known as a messenger bag.

Following this era of understated handbags, it appeared that each decade ushered in a new trend. In the 1980s, for instance, handbags were adorned with an assortment of vivid hues, glitter, glamour, and opulence. Additionally, the first androgynous bag was introduced during this decade. Presently, an increasing number of men are seen carrying purses, and it is acceptable for individuals of any gender to tote a bag containing essentials. Presently, a multitude of coveted designer handbags and designs have passed; fashion merely replicates itself. Styles that were prevalent in the 1990s and early 2000s continue to endure into the 2020s.

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Participation in National Handbag Day Activities

Purchase the purse you’ve been admiring.

We are aware that it is too costly. However, you have been anticipating its sale for months; therefore, you must buy it today. You have been seeking a portent, and this is it. In honor of National Handbag Day, indulge yourself.

Cleanse that cluttered bag.

The characteristic of an exceptional purse is that it serves as a catch-all. It is acceptable for a beloved purse to conceal a used gift card, an old key, and a half-eaten granola bar within its lining. National Handbag Day is an ideal occasion to express some affection towards your go-to handbag. Disorganize and purge it.

Share the hashtag #NationalHandbagDay

You are indulging in the pleasure of carrying your designer luggage, and all you can think about is how much more people could see it. It was, after all, equivalent to one month’s rent! To attract attention and share the fashion accessory with your social circle, it is ideal to hashtag a stunning photo of the item with the hashtag #NationalHandbagDay.

5 Interesting Facts Regarding Handbags

The ‘1001 Nights Diamond Purse’ was recorded as the most expensive purse in the Guinness Book of World Records, carrying a valuation of $3.8 million.

A survey indicates that the mean woman possesses six purses.

Although some men today refuse to even hold a woman’s purse while she is in the restroom, purses were originally designed exclusively for men, as evidenced by ancient Egyptian and African texts and images.

As railroads gained popularity as a mode of transportation, passengers frequently desired to transport less baggage; thus, the purse was born.

Judas is the initial biblical figure to be described as carrying a bag.


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Arshiya Khan
Arshiya Khan
Arshiya Khan is a Commerce graduate who loves to write on general and trending topics.

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