A brief history of handbags | Justine Leconte

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  1. planetjazzy
    planetjazzy says:

    Thank you so much BTW for your videos as I have enjoyed everyone… Late nights without being able to sleep I Bing on "YouTube" hoping to find more than banal things to view… So finding little gems (yours) was special indeed

  2. lilacinsd
    lilacinsd says:

    0:55 looks like a pocket (historical use of the word) according to historian Lucy Worsley pockets were once separate from the rest of the garment and used for valuables, hidden underneath a dress for example.

  3. Bebeeru
    Bebeeru says:

    Such a interesting and informative video, I have learned a lot from it. To me an iconic handbag is simple designed, functional yet classic.

  4. Aileen Takahashi-Gurbuz
    Aileen Takahashi-Gurbuz says:

    Fascinating handbag history. You should do a video on how to choose a versatile colored bag that are any season (spring, summer, fall,winter) besides neutral colored bags (black, brown, white, tan, taupe, cream). Many women have difficulty styling their outfits with brightly colored bags. Decision on when the purse should be the focal point or their outfit should be the focal point.

  5. closingscenes
    closingscenes says:

    Love your videos! I’m just watching them one after another! What makes an iconic bag is a bag that does not have too many pockets or features. Clean lines and simple flaps, pockets, zippers, and at a decent size depending on the person’s body frame makes an iconic bag. I personally think a bucket back is a classic. I have an 80’s Fendi checkered bucket bag I got off Etsy for $100 and it’s been through a lot. I had other bags and ended up selling or giving them away first before this bag because they don’t serve the same purpose. Since I have been through with so many cheap and low quality bags, I would love to own a new designer bag someday though. I’m eyeing on YSL nano sac de jour, Balenciaga city bag, Mansur Gavriel or a Proenza Schouler bag; these are on my wish list!
    Anyway, great video and brief history! France has a long history of bag designers and I find it so amazing that they have come a long way into making themselves known in fashion history.

    P.s.
    Will you do a video on wallets?? 🙂

  6. Kelly Miller
    Kelly Miller says:

    Fun! Love the history on handbags… i have a sweet spot for them. Love to see more on this topic… what you think are essentials and must haves in a handbag collection. Cheers from the US…

  7. Farsya Ahmad
    Farsya Ahmad says:

    Hello there Justine! I am a visual communication student from Leeds Arts University wanting to write my dissertation about the history of pockets and handbags. Ultimately, I am questioning why us women are expected to use handbags rather than pockets, since most of our pockets are too small, non-existent or fake. As of now, I'm still gathering information and my thoughts on the matter, but I would LOVE if you had any input on the subject? Also, may I know the sources you used for the information in this wonderful video? 🙂

  8. Caroline P
    Caroline P says:

    Hi Justine! I absolutely LOVE your channel! Like many have been saying, your channel has made me realise that not only am I really interested in fashion, but it has taught me how to escape the fast fashion trend and commit to fewer, more high quality pieces! I love how put-together every video is, and this one was no exception. The only issue I have is that I believe the title should be "A brief history of handbags in the Western world". This is because from my own research and knowledge, there is a long and rich history of bags on other continents and among Native Americans and indigenous peoples from all over the world to make bags beautiful as well as functional, and elaborate bags designed well before the Middle Ages and even before the Greeks and Romans! Anyway, I know it's too much to include in one video, but for this reason I suggest making the name more reflective of just one part of the world. <3 to you!! Thank you for all you do!

  9. Jonna Makkonen
    Jonna Makkonen says:

    I have a question for you Justine, as you are French… I've always thought that the brand Hermes is pronounced something like "ermé" with the h and s being silent, that throaty French r-sound and the final e sound longer and stressed. Yet in the video you pronounce it quite similar to how a lot of English speakers do. I'm just curious really 🙂 Also I really like your low-key way of making videos so keep up the good work!

  10. Chantal56
    Chantal56 says:

    Very interesting Justine, thank you for sharing! I love handbags and I hardly resist the pleasure to buy new ones. Iconic bags are related to iconic people and iconic brands which makes them so attractive for some women, imo.

  11. Dasha Prosvy
    Dasha Prosvy says:

    I love your fashion history videos! Knowing history of fashion helps to understand current fashion and trends more. Thank you a lot for your work))

  12. Yellow Rose
    Yellow Rose says:

    What makes an iconic bag, imo, is the prestigious company behind it, or the iconic woman they merge the identity of the bag with (Kelly, Birkin). Also having a timeless, classic, but uber classy, look that appeals to many and can be passed down though the generations.

  13. junipa
    junipa says:

    This was really interesting, Justine. I've always been interested in the history of costume but I'd never given handbags a second thought until this video. Thank you.

  14. AmaraJordan
    AmaraJordan says:

    Huzzah the Kelly Bag! I hoped you'd mention it! She often posed with it over her stomach when she was hiding her pregnancy. I'm so glad you went from the Middle Ages and showed the split! Because like pink being a girl's color and heels being a girl's thing, it shows these notions are all fluid! I'm so pleased with this video. I'm definitely adding this to my "show friends" playlist. Maybe a video about things we take for granted, like pockets and readily available buttons and zippers would be good. I know in the Middle Ages up, the pockets were a separate piece of fabric you tied or buttoned under your skirt, which had slits in it to reach into the pockets. The nursery rhyme, "Lucky Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it. Not a penny was there in it, only ribbon 'round it," alludes to it. Maybe also mentioning how some dyes were so hard to come by, especially blue, would be cool. There's so much in fashion we take for granted that I think there's enough for a solid video there. Just an idea!

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