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 popularized for women, including complicated fasteners, internal compartments,
and locks. With this new fashion, jewelers got into the act with special compartments for opera glasses, cosmetics,
and fans. The 1920's saw a revolution in fashion with varying hemlines and lighter clothing. Bags no longer needed
to match the outfit perfectly and the rage was for the stylish lady to carry a doll dressed exactly like herself,
complete with matching bag for her minature companion! The discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb inspired Egyptian
art on purses.