Women all over the world love handbags. You get the idea! It is more like a friend to them; to be with them all day and carry all the things that they need while making them look good. It has been found than on average, a woman has six handbags with her (not at the same time, obviously!)
But that is not all that can be said about handbags. They have a world of their own too and it is filled with a lot of interesting facts. In the present article, I bring to you ten things that you might not know about handbags.
- In the beginning, handbags were for men
Yes, you read that right. The beloved companion of women was actually something that men used regularly in the beginning. From pouches to bags, handbags have been a male accessory for a long time. From priests to medics, each had their own use for it.
- Thank the railways for the birth of handbags
Not many people would know this but it was actually the railways that made women feel the need for a light, easy to carry and equally functional bag. I guess it only goes to show that you never know where inspiration might come from!
Slowly as rail travel became more and more commonplace, the need for these bags rose and it flourished into an industry of its own. Most of the luxury handbag makers of today can trace their history to the time rail travel became prevalent.
- Louis Vuitton burns off surplus to avoid damage to brand image
Such is the prestige associated with the handbags of LV that the company burns off all surplus or unsold products at the end of every year. This is done so that none of the products get sold at a discounted price. Doing so would damage the image and value of the products already sold.
- Louis Vuitton bags are fireproof and waterproof
Ever wondered why all LV bags are so expensive to purchase? Well amongst other things, these bags are made to be completely fire and water-resistant. That way, your bag survives literally anything! Louis Vuitton surely does go the extra mile when it comes to ensuring quality for money.
- The first unisex bag was launched in 1985
It took centuries for the industry to come up with a bag that could be used by both men and women. Miuccia Prada was the one to make it. Even today, after almost 35 years, the bag is still very much in demand. Finally, handbags for men returned!
- Sometimes actresses have been a muse for handbags
Jane Birkin was the muse of the famous Hermes Birkin bag. The story so goes that once Jane Birkin shared a flight with the President of Hermes and told him about the poor options of handbags on sale. And that is how the trend of extravagant luxury handbags started.
- They get more expensive by the day
The most ionic of handbags will never go out of demand. Even when they get old, they will be sold as classics. This is the reason why the price of a handbag never comes down.
- Some bags take as long as a week to get completed
This is the price one has to pay to get a handmade product. Some of the luxury handbag manufacturers make their entire products by hand. This also justifies the sky-high price that these bags command once they hit the market. The absence of any chemical or mechanical touch makes them age beautifully as they get older.
- 2 out of every 10 luxury handbags are a knockoff
This should answer that ages-old question going on in your mind. Once you saw someone with an over-the-top expensive bag on a train and wondered, “How could she afford it?” Well, 2 out of every 10 luxury handbags is a fake. It is actually a fast-growing industry, thanks to the ever-rising demand for designer handbags across all economic segments.
- $35 million for the costliest bag ever
The ‘1001 Nights Diamond Purse’ made by the House of Mouawad’s is the costliest handbag ever. It holds the Guinness Book World Record for the same. This statement alone, if nothing else, firmly establishes that there is no upper limit when it comes to the extravagance of a handbag.
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