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Handbags: 900 Bags to Die For [Paperback]

Anna Johnson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Oct. 21 2002
The Bolide. The Plume. The Birkin--object of lust in Sex in the City. Celebrating the must-have accessory for the fashion conscious woman, Handbags is an obsessive, irresistible visual extravaganza, featuring over 900 full-color photographs of the most luxurious, witty, covetable, talismanic examples of the bagmaker's art and history.

The iconic Hermés Kelly bag, made from first stitch to last by a single craftsperson. Judith Leiber's whimsical minaudiFres, Moschino's smiley-face bag, Elsa Schiaparelli's surrealist "bird cage," and the ne plus ultra of fashionable purses--the Chanel bag, reinvented for a new generation by Karl Lagerfeld. There are novelty bags, evening bags, sculptural bags, and class acts. Practical leather pochettes to carry a life, and elegant little reticules for nothing more than a credit card and a lipstick. Profiles of famous bagmakers: Jamin Puech, Kate Spade, Carlos Falchi, and the poet of utility, Bonnie Cashin, with her visionary "Cashin Carry" bags for Coach. Plus the anonymous Florentine artisans whose specialist leather workshops sprouted up in the 14th century.

A labor of love written by Anna Johnson, author of Three Black Skirts, Handbags features over 900 bags from collections, museums, and designers around the world, most of them photographed in seductive full-color exclusively for the book. The perfectly matched complement to Shoes, Handbags is about fashion, about desire, about secrecy, craftsmanship, art, and imagination as well as about the changing roles of women--everything that's packed into every important bag. Includes timelines, fascinating captions, and the "It" bags--anyone for a Fendi baguette?

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About the Author

Anna Johnson started her career at nineteen as a journalist with Stiletto magazine. She writes for Vogue Australia, Vogue UK, Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, and Elle. Currently she's dividing her time between Sydney and New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars one size does not fit all! Jan. 31 2003
A big celebration of those containers in which we store all manner of useful things we think we'll need away from home, & which we hang from our arms & shoulders. This book comes in a handy bag-sized packet offering photos of the spectacular, the artsy, the bon ton & the whimsical.
The names of the handbag makers read like a who's who of haute & not so haute couture - from a 5th century Scythian pouch to Priscilla Snyder's Dragon grip. From European almsbags to imperial beaded evening bags; from pocket books & long pockets from 17the century American women to tapestry French bags & Ottoman reticules from the early 1800s. From pirate chests of the 1930s to wicker bags of the 1950s. From the supercalifragelistic colors & patterns of the 1960s to the leather & tooling of Turkey. From a Hermes saddlebag to a Vuitton bucket shoulder bag of today, see what has inspired & who have crafted these essential accessories.
A fascinating, informative, colorful & well presented archive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Anyone who Loves Fashion Feb. 9 2003
By Peyton
This little book is a must-have for anyone who loves fashion. The full-color photographs depict the history of the accessory many of us can't live without-- the handbag. You'll get to see purses dating as far back as the 16th century, as well as those made by famous designers like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Plus, each page also contains interesting details about the styles, designers, and purposes of the handbag throughout time. You'll be surprised at how many beautiful, interesting, and unusual purses fit into such a little book, and wish they were all in your closet! This book also makes a great gift, as its price is relatively low. You should order this book right away-- a great addition to your coffee table!
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This little book is loaded with beautiful pics of purses of all kinds. From the functional to the whimiscal(and there are some really off-the-wall ones included),you'll find it in here besides plenty of interesting facts about different bags and designers as well. I wish it had more "timelines", but, other than that,if you really appreciate the art of handbags(or know someone that does),this tome should be very appreciated..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bag addicts dream... June 21 2006
This is a wonderful little book all about handbags....and it's small enough to slip into your bag! Full of gorgeous photos of all kinds of bags, from the funky, fun type to the serious office bag and from the beaded extravaganza to the funtional tote. It also gives a brief history of bags and some background info on some of the designers. A handbag addict will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the money Feb. 26 2003
By Thao
I highly recommend this cute little book. It's packed full of pictures and interesting information regarding the history of handbags. It's very inspirational if you're looking to going into the handbag business and want to read about some of the famous designers and their start in the business, and see all the different styles of handbags throughout the years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great big "little" book! Jan. 3 2003
By A Customer
I just got this book for Christmas and I love it! It looks small, but it's chock full of info and beautifully photographed handbags. Anna Johnson really has a flair. I especially enjoyed the section on "How a Kelly Bag is Made." I highly recommend this for anyone who is into purses!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non plus ultra of the handbag books... Feb. 17 2003
Wao! I have collected purses and shoes since I was 13. This book is incredibly complete. The photographs are awesome and the descriptions incredibly accurate! I would buy to give as a very very good present to anyone that enjoys handbags, purses and shoes!
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2.0 out of 5 stars misunderstood the book
I misunderstood what type of book it was. I thought there would be a few instructions with the pictures. It could give you ideas when you make your bags.
Published 14 months ago by PK
3.0 out of 5 stars Smaller than I expected
I bought this book for the photos, however as it is barely bigger than my hand, the photos don't exactly show a lot of detail. Read more
Published 19 months ago by htsandors
5.0 out of 5 stars A fasinating/quality book
The book surpassed my expectations. It includes lots of amazing handbags, tells fasinating history of handbags. It is written in beautiful and sometime peotic languges. Read more
Published on May 28 2011 by W. Wu
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book!
If you really like bags, this is your book. Lots of lovely photographs and very well written text. A must-have for any handbag lover.
Published on March 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Handbags: The Power of the Purse
What a delightful little book. Don't buy another purse until you have a look through this little gem. Beautiful photographs. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2003 by LInda M Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH...
I love purses and this little book is fantastic! The pictures are colorful and gorgeous! It's like a little wish book for grown-ups!
Published on July 3 2003 by Tami Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Purse Princess.
I am a known shoe queen and purse princess. I bought this book for a fellow princess and thumbed through it before I wrapped it up. It's a nice little book for any handbag lover.
Published on Feb. 10 2003 by D. Johnson
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