Handbags: 900 Bags to Die For

October 29, 2015 - Comment

The Bolide. The Plume. The Birkin–object of lust in Sex in the City. Celebrating the must-have accessory for the fashion conscious woman, Handbags is an obsessive, irresistible visual extravaganza, featuring over 900 full-color photographs of the most luxurious, witty, covetable, talismanic examples of the bagmaker’s art and history. The iconic Hermés Kelly bag, made from

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The Bolide. The Plume. The Birkin–object of lust in Sex in the City. Celebrating the must-have accessory for the fashion conscious woman, Handbags is an obsessive, irresistible visual extravaganza, featuring over 900 full-color photographs of the most luxurious, witty, covetable, talismanic examples of the bagmaker’s art and history.

The iconic Hermés Kelly bag, made from first stitch to last by a single craftsperson. Judith Leiber’s whimsical minaudiFres, Moschino’s smiley-face bag, Elsa Schiaparelli’s surrealist “bird cage,” and the ne plus ultra of fashionable purses–the Chanel bag, reinvented for a new generation by Karl Lagerfeld. There are novelty bags, evening bags, sculptural bags, and class acts. Practical leather pochettes to carry a life, and elegant little reticules for nothing more than a credit card and a lipstick. Profiles of famous bagmakers: Jamin Puech, Kate Spade, Carlos Falchi, and the poet of utility, Bonnie Cashin, with her visionary “Cashin Carry” bags for Coach. Plus the anonymous Florentine artisans whose specialist leather workshops sprouted up in the 14th century.

A labor of love written by Anna Johnson, author of Three Black Skirts, Handbags features over 900 bags from collections, museums, and designers around the world, most of them photographed in seductive full-color exclusively for the book. The perfectly matched complement to Shoes, Handbags is about fashion, about desire, about secrecy, craftsmanship, art, and imagination as well as about the changing roles of women–everything that’s packed into every important bag. Includes timelines, fascinating captions, and the “It” bags–anyone for a Fendi baguette?

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Rebecca Brown says:

one size does not fit all! A big celebration of those containers in which we store all manner of useful things we think we’ll need away from home, & which we hang from our arms & shoulders. This book comes in a handy bag-sized packet offering photos of the spectacular, the artsy, the bon ton & the whimsical. 

Peyton says:

A Must-Have for Anyone who Loves Fashion This little book is a must-have for anyone who loves fashion. The full-color photographs depict the history of the accessory many of us can’t live without– the handbag. You’ll get to see purses dating as far back as the 16th century, as well as those made by famous designers like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Plus, each page also contains interesting details about the styles, designers, and purposes of the handbag throughout time. You’ll be surprised at how many beautiful, interesting, and unusual…

Robyn Lee Markow says:

You May Never Look At A Handbag The Same Way Again.. This little book is loaded with beautiful pics of purses of all kinds. From the functional to the whimiscal(and there are some really off-the-wall ones included),you’ll find it in here besides plenty of interesting facts about different bags and designers as well. I wish it had more “timelines”, but, other than that,if you really appreciate the art of handbags(or know someone that does),this tome should be very appreciated..

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