The handbag has a long and storied history. While both men and women used to carry handbags for currency and personal items, men’s handbags disappeared toward the end of the 1500s. Women’s handbags remained, though, and went through several different iterations.
Today, handbags are used in many different settings. Leather handbags are used to accentuate professional outfits, daytime handbags are ideal for running errands, and decorative bags and clutches add a little fashionable glitz to evenings out.
Among the most popular types of handbags are luxury handbags, the ones made by famous designers. Gucci, Coach, Kate Spade, and Yves Saint Laurent all make high-end, luxury handbags that are at the head of the fashion curve.
While luxury handbags were manufactured to last a lifetime, that doesn’t mean you have to pay full price for one. A pawn shop like GEM Pawnbrokers can help you get a luxury handbag at a fraction of its original cost.
To read more about the history of the handbag and get a complete list of which handbags are the most iconic, read the following infographic.