These days we’re prepared to spend more on a handbag than a holiday or even  a car. We want to show off our luxury bag and the world to know.

But why do we find bags so desirable? It’s partly because they’ve become a unique outward statement of a woman’s status, fashion savvy and earning power- and the rising popularity of handbags over the past 100 years has followed the increasing social dependence of their owners.

Two hundred years ago, a woman was in charge of the domestic role and would keep her belongings in a purse tucked into the folds of her clothes. But as women started leaving the house, both for leisure and work, bags became a useful way of carrying their possessions.

The way the right bag can make us feel goes far deeper than just being a way of carrying things around. Most women would feel naked without their handbags. And, as clothes become ever more streamlined and minimalist, it is in your choice of bag that you can make sure you stand out from the crowd.

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