The first handbags were essentially women’s pockets with handles attached to them, but women’s pockets, because they were worn under a woman’s skirts and close to her skin, were considered undergarments. So, when bags for women first became popular, many viewed them as vulgar or risqué.

Today’s handbags are more versatile and with added straps can be carried as both shoulder bags and crossbody bags, two handles are often called a tote or a shopper.

Browse through our selection of designer bags from Burberry, Céline, Chanel, Gucci and Hermès among other iconic designers.

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