The term “purse” originally referred to a small bag for holding coins. In British English, it is still used to refer a small coin bag. A “handbag” is a larger accessory that holds objects beyond currency, such as personal items. American English typically uses the terms purse and handbag interchangeably. The term handbag began appearing in the early 1900s. Initially, it was most often used to refer men’s hand-luggage. Women’s bags grew larger and more complex during this period, and the term was attached to the accessory.
The fashion handbag industry has become a multi-million dollar industry with designers such as Chanel, Phillip Lim, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Proenza, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Gucci, Christian Dior, Chloé, Yves St Laurent and more
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