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Bag Lover With The Travel Bug? Check Out These Handbag Exhibits.

Until January 2022, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, is showcasing an exhibition called ‘Bags: Inside Out.’

This exhibition features a curation of bags throughout the ages, and how they have been used not just in fashion, but in politics, activism and self expression.

Not only does it highlight iconic styles and cultural moments from bag fashion history, but it also goes into details regarding the tailoring process and the craftsmanship involved in building the perfect bag.


Click here to visit the exhibit website.

After reading about (and hopefully eventually visiting) this incredible exhibit, it got me thinking of all the places around the world which must have stunning curated exhibits in various museums. So, with a bit of research, here is a list of some of the most highly regarded handbag exhibits around the world.


The Metropolitan Museum Of Art - New York, America

The Metropolitan Museum Of Art is one of the most breathtaking museums, the largest Art Museum in the United States. It also holds a wing called ‘The Anna Wintour Costume Center’, which holds collections of fashion through the ages. The museum contains bags with various different purposes, ages and styles.


Click here to see the Met bag collection online.


Simone Handbag Museum - Seoul, South Korea

This Museum is actually entirely dedicated to handbags.. what a dedication! It contains bags dating back to 1550 and holds over 300 bags. It also houses a workshop area available for aspiring designers to work rent free whilst they build their portfolio. Now that is something we love to hear.

 Click here to visit the Simone Handbag Museum website.


Esse Purse Museum - Arkansas, USA

This Museum holds a collection of handbags designed to display the lives of women through handbags, from 1900 to present day. This gives glimpses as to how style, design, materials and life itself has changed through the years. I think it paints a fantastic picture of how a women’s general lifestyle has changed drastically in the last century and how that has affected what is needed practically for our bags on a day to day basis.

 Click here to visit the Esse Purse Museum website.


If you personally have ever had the privilege of visiting one of these or another incredible bag collection, let us know! 


August 22, 2021 — Isobel Rogers-Boulden

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