This week a 700 year old handbag believed to be the oldest in history was discovered in the city of Mosul, Iraq. Crafted in 1300, the bag is a masterpiece of intricate silver and gold metalwork which looks surprisingly similar to the sort of clutch bag you might expect to see in the shops today.
This news story got us thinking about how handbag trends have changed and developed over the course of history. From the hobo to the “IT” bag, join Fiorelli as we take a look at the most memorable handbag styles from the past decade.
*The famous 700 year old handbag will be available to view at the Courtauld Gallery in London until May 2014
The “Everything Goes” Era
In the last 10 years, every design under the sun has come to market. Be it a futuristic satchel or psychedelic printed clutch, we are living in the “everything goes” era. And the designs are changing too. Over the past 50 years, handbag designs were primarily focused on femininity but now that bags are becoming more popular with the modern man, focus is shifting to androgynous, unisex styles.
There is also a growing demand for the commodity bag; the go-to solution for contemporary women. Hands-free, shoulder and laptop bags which are created for practicality as well as style are proving to be a hit with today’s fashionistas.
One of the biggest handbag trends to emerge out of the 00’s is the status handbag, otherwise known as the “IT” bag. From classic designer collections to gotta-have-it styles, each season brought a new wave of covetable collectables and innovative designers to go alongside them. This has not so much changed over the past 10 years but evolved into an unwavering phenomenon. It seems we just can’t get enough of those beloved “IT” bags.
In fact, our infatuation for designer handbags is so strong that there are now an abundance of fashion websites where you can rent out extravagant handbags for a fee. Amazing!
The Hobo Bag
The crescent shaped hobo bag has been enjoying its fair share of the limelight since 1936. Despite its slightly bizarre name, the hobo bag has become a cult classic in the fashion world, particularly over the last 10 years.
Much-loved for their roomy interior, convenient shoulder straps and uncomplicated styling qualities, the hobo design is perhaps the opposite of the “IT” bag. Hobo bags are made to blend in with casual wear and are ideal for the more low-key events in life such as off-duty strolls in the park or casual summer picnics. The hobo is highly favoured by designers and still remains a staple part of major handbag collections, even 78 years on!
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