Written by Marili Van Gastel (intern)
1. Did you know the handbag market orginally was for men?
Yes ladies, you read that right! Handbags were originally created for men and were carried by doctors, priests and other males who had their own use for them. When traveling by train became mainstream, the ladies’ handbag as we know it saw the light of day.
2. Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas bags are both fire- and waterproof
Did you know that the iconic Louis Vuitton canvas is water- and fire-resistant? The bags are waterproofed with canvas and fireproofed with PVC. That way, your luggage will be able to withstand anything! When it comes to assuring quality for the money, Louis Vuitton certainly goes above and beyond.
3. Jane Birkin was the muse behind the famous Hermes Bag
The muse and inspiration behind the famous Birkin Bag was Jane Birkin, British actress and singer. It is said that Jane Birkin and the President of Hermes once shared a flight and she complained about the poor handbag options. Mr. Dumas pleged to design a solution to the problem, et voilà, le Birkin was born.
4. The 2.55 Flap Bag by Canel has a secret love-letter pocket
A hidden zippered compartment is found in the back of each Chanel 2.55 purse. This was allegedly inspired by Coco's personal love life and was designed as a location to keep secret love notes.
5. Anna Wintour réally does wear Prada
The 2006 hit movie The Devil Wears Prada is said to be a true story based on a novel telling the story of an assistant's time working for Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Despite the mocking drama's portrayal of a strong magazine editor with often insulting demands and a gruelling schedule, Wintour did not have a negative reaction to the film, instead she famously attended the exclusive premiere in New York, in a full Prada ensemble of course!
6. Louis Vuitton didn’t sell bags until after Vuitton’s passing
Louis Vuitton created a legacy that outlived him by decades. In 1858, Vuitton started off as a luggage and packing creator. After his passing, the brand started with the expansion of horizons with the merchandise in handbags.