HISTORY OF VINTAGE HANDBAG The Birth of the Bag 1900-2000s Bag Production and Retail

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HISTORY OF VINTAGE HANDBAG

The Birth of the Bag 1900-2000s

 

Bag Production and Retail

 

The beginning of the twentieth century saw an economy transformed by the

Mass manufacture and retailing of products, through industrial progress and invention.  Mass-produced bags were created by leather goods manufacturers and not by couturiers. Saddlery skills were used on a diverse range of available skins: crocodile skin, snakeskin, glace-grained kid leather, dyed and tooled leather, and reverse skins.  Construction rather than ornamentation was the prevalent characteristic of the practical bag.

 

Many of the early bag frames were made of “German silver”, an alloy of zinc , copper and nickel, which was more robust than pure silver. 

The improved standard of living for the many rather than the few was a reflection of mass industrialization .

 

It resulted in the rise of the American and European department store, from which these bags could also by purchased.  Although stores had been established during the Victorian period (in London, John Lewis opened in 1864 and and Liberty in 1875), it was only with women’s greater social freedom and a more efficient transport system that, for the first time, shopping became a leisure activity, pursued for its own sake and out of want, not necessity.

 

 The first British Vouge appeared in 1916 (following the American edition, which first appeared in 1909) and added to the desire of the consumer to buy what was in its pages.  Pioneers such as Gordon Selfridge added to the shopping experience with the introduction of musical performances and fashion shows, as well as incorporating restaurants, cafes and lavatories into the building when he opened his store in London in1909.That meant that women could stay out longer without returning home to fulfil bodily needs.

 

 

HISTORY OF VINTAGE HANDBAG

The Birth of the Bag 1900-2000s

 

Bag Production and Retail

 

The beginning of the twentieth century saw an economy transformed by the

Mass manufacture and retailing of products, through industrial progress and invention.  Mass-produced bags were created by leather goods manufacturers and not by couturiers. Saddlery skills were used on a diverse range of available skins: crocodile skin, snakeskin, glace-grained kid leather, dyed and tooled leather, and reverse skins.  Construction rather than ornamentation was the prevalent characteristic of the practical bag.

 

Many of the early bag frames were made of “German silver”, an alloy of zinc , copper and nickel, which was more robust than pure silver. 

The improved standard of living for the many rather than the few was a reflection of mass industrialization .

 

It resulted in the rise of the American and European department store, from which these bags could also by purchased.  Although stores had been established during the Victorian period (in London, John Lewis opened in 1864 and and Liberty in 1875), it was only with women’s greater social freedom and a more efficient transport system that, for the first time, shopping became a leisure activity, pursued for its own sake and out of want, not necessity.

 

 The first British Vouge appeared in 1916 (following the American edition, which first appeared in 1909) and added to the desire of the consumer to buy what was in its pages.  Pioneers such as Gordon Selfridge added to the shopping experience with the introduction of musical performances and fashion shows, as well as incorporating restaurants, cafes and lavatories into the building when he opened his store in London in1909.That meant that women could stay out longer without returning home to fulfil bodily needs.

 

 

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