In one way or the other, handbags have been with us from the start. At first, there was a need. Then came love. Then came the prestige. And now there’s a history of utility, expression, style and fashion.
These 14 quotes by people who either advanced the art of handbags by their contribution, infatuated life-long connoisseurs and fashion icons, show why we love handbags and give this romance whether picturesque, humorous or sensitive voice.
#1 Billy Connolly, famous stand-up comedian:
“A woman's mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag; even when you get to the bottom of it, there is ALWAYS something at the bottom to surprise you!”
#2 Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister:
“Women have plenty of roles in which they can serve with distinction: some of us even run countries. But generally we are better at wielding the handbag than the bayonet.”
#3 Joanna Lumley, English actress
“I think handbags, not so much clothes anymore, but I think you can tell a fashion victim by their handbag.”
#4 Britt Ekland, Swedish actress
“I'm very organised these days, and I keep my life in my handbag, like most women.”
#5 Miranda Kerr, Australian model
“I love handbags. And shoes. Investing in like a great handbag or a pair of shoes can really make or break an outfit. It's fun to mix and match high street with luxury brands and throw in a bit of vintage as well.”
#6 Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player
“I want my handbags and my shoes to be stylish but I want to make sure that they're versatile. I travel and I have to make sure the pieces I put into my bag can go with a dress or with shorts or jeans.”
#7 Julian Critchley, British journalist
“She cannot see an institution without hitting it with her handbag.”
#8 L’Wren Scott, American stylist
“It was always sort of my dream to make handbags and I wanted a handbag that was very sharp, very structured, very tailored I wanted a bag you could put all of your things in it, you can open it, you could close it, you could hide all your tricks, but it's not all lumpy.”
#9 Alain Wertheimer, French businessman
“We're in the business of selling pleasure. We don't sell handbags or haute couture. We sell dreams.”
#10 Kate Spade, American fashion Designer
“A handbag is only one item to be worn with a complete outfit. Add a peony pink leather handbag to a charcoal gray suit, for instance, and the impact is chic with a touch of wit.”
#11 Michael Connelly, American writer
“I reached between the seats to the backseat, where her purse was on the floor. It was the size of a grocery bag and it weighed a ton.
"What the hell do you have in this thing?"
I didn't ask for further explanation. I managed to pull the bag up to the front seat, open it, and find her iPad. I put the bag on the floor between my feet, lest I pull a muscle leveraging it into the bag again.”
#12 Gina Barecca, American academic
“Not only do women hold up half the sky; we do it while carrying a 500-pound purse.”
#13 Susan B. Anthony, American women’s rights activist
“Every woman should have a purse of her own.”
#14 Beyonce, the Queen B
“I got hot sauce in my bag
The true value of the handbag, however, is not in the item itself, it’s in the heart. You’ll know it when you see it!