A Brief History of Purses

The original meaning of the word “purse” was a small bag for holding your money. In Britain, this definition of purse still stands and the term for a larger bag that holds more items is referred to as a handbag. In American english the terms purse and handbag are considered to be the same.

A modern day purse is a fashionable bag with straps that easily go over the shoulder, used for carrying personal items such as money, make-up, electronic devices and more. Purses are mainly designed for and worn by women, however, in the past 30 years or so the man-purse has been making a comeback.

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