Kick starting my first blog entry with a bit of background on me. My passion for collecting handbags started long ago, but really took off about 10 years ago when I started collecting in earnest during one very long dark winter. I bought my first French reticule handbag in an antique shop in England. The metallic glint of the beads caught my eye, as well as the art nouveau pattern. The colorway was a stunning copper tone with shades of purple, soft pink and magenta with a touch of pale blue.
When I carefully picked it up the weight of it was heavy in my hands. It has a draw string opening, though I can't see that the beaded handle could have supported the weight of the beads for very long. I left the shop with the first of my collection and a passion to find more companions for my new purse.
I have been hooked ever since, and my collection now comprises of about 150 bags and purses. I studied a Decorative Arts 1720-1920s course at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which gave me some background for my growing purse obsession. Next I went on to study a hands on embroidery course with the City & Guilds. This further fueled my collecting fever and many of my bags have surface decorations.
Much as I love my antique bags, I especially adore purses designed in America between 1950 and 1980. I'll be sharing some of my favourite bags designs with you in this blog. So enjoy and please come back to me with any comments.