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Handbags Etc

Handbags Etc

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Handbags, Small Personal Goods & Belts

A Brief History of Handbags

Egyptian hieroglyphs show pouches carried around the waist. The first mention of handbags in written literature comes from the 14th century, when people carried pouches attached to girdles.

History….cont.

In C.16th, handbags became more practical with the use of everyday materials with a drawstring fastener on top. Larger cloth bags were used by travellers and carried diagonally across the body. The 17th century saw more variety and both fashionable men and women carried small purses with more complex shapes.

History….cont.

Neo-classical clothing became popular in the 18th century. Wearing a purse would ruin the look of this clothing so fashionable ladies started carrying their handbags which were called reticules.

History….cont.

The term "handbag" first came into use in the early 1900's and generally referred to hand-held luggage bags usually carried by men. These were an inspiration for new bags that became popularised for women, including complicated fasteners, internal compartments, and locks.

Contents of a 1945 Handbag

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One or two lipsticks A compact handkerchiefs A package of letters Laundry bill 1 nylon stocking 1 address book

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3 packs of matches 1 leather picture folder Ration books Business cards 1 hairnet 1 bottle of vitamins 1 fountain pen

Contents of Today’s Handbag
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Breath Mints Mobile Phone Change Purse Cheque book Crumpled Tissues Electronic Organizer Hand Cream Hair Brush

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Keys Lip Balm Makeup bag Pens Wallet filled with cash and credit cards

Handbag Materials
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Canvas Wool Flannel Corduroy Silk Nylon Knitted Fabrics Leather, Suede & Fur

Parts of a Handbag
Frame Outer covering Handl e Closur e Lining Gusset

Handbag Styles

Clutch

Shoppe r

Organise r

Kelly

Shoulder

Handheld

Small Personal Goods

These are small articles that may be carried by hand or in pockets/bags Eg: purses, wallets, key cases, filofax, credit card case, glasses case

Materials

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Small personal goods may be made of leather or leather combined with textiles/plastics Textile fabrics Plastic/faux leather materials Metals fastenings/hooks/rings

Small Personal Goods

Wallet

Purse

Phone Case

Glasses case

Filofax

Key case

Luggage

Luggage items include:
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Suitcases Garment bags Overnight bags Backpacks Vanity cases Dufflebags Trunks

Classifications of Luggage

Hardside & semi-hardside luggage Moulded luggage Softside luggage

Materials
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Luggage trends are for strong & lightweight materials Water and stain repellent fabrics are popular Cotton canvas may be coated with vinyl for extra durability Durable weaves such as twill, brocade and tapestry are common High tenacity synthetic fabrics are used extensively Moulded plastics are also popular Leather is used for expensive, upmarket,

The Handbag/Luggage Market
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The UK market for hand luggage and small leather goods was worth £1.03bn in 2002. Hand luggage has a 37.2% share of the total market and small leather goods has a 34.6% share. Handbag sales are increasing at a greater rate than those for small leather goods and other hand luggage. Handbags/luggage/small personal goods are a key income source for major designers

History of Belts

Belts have been a complement to clothing for centuries The C.20th saw the introduction of belt loops on trousers thus increasing the popularity of belts

Function of Belts

Belts are designed to keep clothing at the natural waistline When nipped waists are popular belt sales increase Belts may also be used outside the clothing slung around the hips

Belt Manufacturing

Design – belts are designed to complement clothing. Designs are produced on paper or using CAD. Samples are made. Production – belt samples are shown to buyers, orders are processed and production begins. Materials – leather, metal, plastic, wood, ribbon, textiles

Styles of Belt

Adjustabl e

Cummerbun d

Chain belt

Corset

Skinny belt

Self belt

The UK Belt Market

The UK womens belt market is worth approx £30m The mens belt market is worth £50m.

Market Trends (Womens)

In the womens market there has been a revival in belts as a fashion item, stimulating demand Younger style retailers are especially influential in this part of the market, providing a wide variety of shapes and styles of belts. The boom in belt sales has been at the lower price end of the market. Prices have remained low, but belt sales have grown.

Market Trends (Mens)
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The market for men's belts is mainly influenced by classic formal styles of belt. There is little interest in men's belts as a fashion accessory. There is a growing influence of designer and branded products among men's belts – this is particularly important in the run up to Christmas The youth market shows little interest in the product

Summary

Handbags, personal goods & belts are key revenue earners for fashion companies Function & fashion are important in this accessories category Much production is performed offshore (especially in China) Copying designer items is very common

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