Women’s handbags are fashionably designed pouches used for female personal items, such as wallets, cosmetics, hairbrush, mobile phone, or even a book and pepper spray. Handbags were first made in the latter part of the 18th century, when women started asking for purses that were neither bulky nor unkempt in appearance. Reticules were then invented in France. It made use of slender fabrics like velvet and silk. It eventually crossed the channel to England, where it became known as indispensables.
During the Industrial Revolution, there was a notable increase in travel. An industrialist named Samuel Parkinson noticed that his wife’s purse was too small and flimsy. He ordered from H.J. Cave of London a set of bags of different sizes that can be used for different occasions. He asked the manufacturer to utilize materials similar to those used in his trunks and cases. This would help differentiate the bag from the ones used by the other social classes.
The result was the first set of luxury handbags ever created. Since then, women can never have enough of it. Whether it was Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dooney & Bourke or Prada who made the bag, women will always find a reason why they need one.
Here are the top ten most expensive women’s handbags.
1. The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse – $3.8 million
Purses are usually associated with coins, but in the United States, the use of purses and handbags are interchangeable. What cannot be changed is the fact that this diamond purse is the most expensive handbag in the world, with a price that is double the second most expensive. The bag is shaped like a heart and is encrusted with gold and diamonds with a total weight of 381.92 carats. The diamonds include 4,356 colorless, 105 yellow and 56 pink ones. It took a total of 8,800 man hours to create this bag, with 10 people assigned to the task.