Bags may have served both women and men as functional fashion accessories since the early Stone Age, when prehistoric hunter-gatherers – around 20,000 years BC – were likely to carry wild equipment and edibles from one place to another in raw leaf bags or simple leather fabrics.
Egyptian hieroglyphics, several thousand years BC, describe the use of waist pockets like bags. Then, in Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries AD, men also wore small purses tied around their waists, while women usually carried valuables in pocket pockets sewn under their skirts. It was only in the 1800s that a wider variety of bags began to become popular in Europe (mainly because dresses became more beautiful, leaving little room for large hidden bags). Elsewhere in the world, cultural-themed bags, clutches and shoulder bags have served as important fashion accessories for thousands of years; each culture displays its own history of usage and style.
In the West, the past 100 years of fashion have featured a seemingly endless parade of increasingly diverse bag styles, ranging from the truly arrogant to the sublime elegant. Today, the handbag mode is still changing because there are many. Today, almost everything works, from the trendy Kate Spade and Prada-style bags to cultural-themed bags and handmade clutches by designers that are not well known throughout the world.
Luckily for fashionistas today, the internet helps support the diversity of fashion styles of the world today, bringing a wide selection of spectacular handbags to the fingertips of online buyers. With just a few simple key scratches, buyers can find, compare, and buy almost all of the most famous and least obvious designs at the moment. Choice of bags, wallets, manbags, messenger bags, tote bags, cufflinks, wallets, evening bags, unisex handbags, shoulder bags, backpacks, and computer operators are very widely available.
Hand-made world-style bags experience great fashion renaissance in the new Millennium, and continue every year in a row to increase popularity and availability. Many famous designers offer variations on traditional regional-based cultural themes, while original ethnic designs – which form the basis of the designer model – are only available online, often sent directly from appreciative artisans in remote areas.
When searching for handmade bags online, be sure to shop with reputable retailers. Style varies greatly, that the best style recommendations – and the luckiest aspects of the current mode – are just choosing the look that suits you. You may find that you are interested in fashion accessories – including bags – that reflect your cultural heritage or the attractiveness of your own area. Whatever the reason, be sure to choose a handbag that really interests you. We recommend this approach as far more fun and interesting than buying duplicate bags that are already widely used and talked about!
Regional styles vary greatly. Today, Latin American designers and craftsmen offer a range of stunning and elegant leather bags. Many designers in Asia include reeds and fiber that are sustainable in summer, traditional bags that are environmentally friendly. Hilltribe’s artists in Thailand and neighboring countries each produce their own tribal-themed bags, many of which are available to buyers worldwide today. Also in Thailand, intricate handmade sterling silver wallets make some of the most beautiful evening bags available on the planet today, often displaying intricate floral details (consider extraordinary artwork for special occasions, including black tie dinners and weddings ) Crafters and master designers in India also make some beautiful evening bags, with traditional beads and fabric.
In Brazil, so many interesting and wild styles determine current trends so it is difficult to suggest only one or two bag themes that need to be considered. In Rio, Neide Ambrosio has launched the phenomenon of star-studded handbags in recent years with a unique collection of unique soda-pop hand bags and matching accessories, all made from recycled soda slippers – collected by unemployed locals who now help “clean” the tip of the soda slippers from the stunning Rio beach.
Novica’s handbag department is a great place to catch a glimpse of dozens of cultural themes and hundreds of styles, available directly from art artisans around the world. Many other great online retailers also provide great options for finding and buying handbags from around the world. We are very fortunate to have so many choices in the world today – in so many aspects of our lives, including fashion. Enjoy the search, and the many exiting options available!