Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Patent Leather Cleaning- A Myth?

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

Patent leather bags and shoes are always available, but are of course hotter in some seasons than others! Even when the glossy/garish stuff isn’t particularly trendy, it nearly always turns everyone’s head:)
Patent leather, for starters is genuine leather that is coated with a high gloss finish, which gives it that exceptional shine! There is also something called faux patent leather , which is of course not leather!
Since the appeal of patent products is their beautiful glassy finish, one always tries to keep them looking their best!
Below are some tricks and tips on how to clean and care for your cherished patent leather possessions-
For general cleaning (dry dust, fingerprints, etc.)
1.Wiping it off with a cloth moistened with water is a quick and easy way to clean off fingerprints and general dirt.
2.If the dirt levels area heavy, apply a small amount of Windex and wipe it away with a clean, soft cloth or paper towel.
3.Buff with a soft cloth when dry to restore the shine.
4.If a stain transfers to the surface of the bag, it can be removed with tape. Fresh stains work best with this removal method. Simply press the tape onto the surface and then remove. The stain will stick to the tape and come off of the purse.
5. Patent leather cleaners available on the market can also be used, but they only work on fresh stains, not on old nasty ones!
We strictly recommend not using use home remedies like hairspray, white vinegar, alcohol and so on! They almost always end up destroying the surface coating of patent leather! Mr Clean’s magic earsor should also not be used without exercising proper caution (a patch test is always recommended).
For deep cleaning (heavy stains that are old and tricky)
No matter what the internet or endless leather care manuals claim, it is guaranteed that a stubborn stain (like a month old ink stain, or even a week old dye-transfer from another product) cannot be removed from patent leather. Till now, no successful method of removing stains from the patent finish has been invented/discovered – it is also very difficult to replicate the patent finish if it is damaged. It is possible to dye Patent leather but even if you dyed the leather to black, the stains would still show through! Thus bad stains can be classified as irrevocable damage in the case of patent leathers!
Every leather care practitioner always turns all patent leather away! The danger of using harsh solvents is that you damage the lacquer coating that cannot be replaced! The heavy stain is absorbed by the leather beneath the gloss finish, and there is no way any cleaner/solvent can reach to the stain without destroying the patent coating first. Thus fresh stains can be easily wiped off, as they are still sitting on the surface coating and have not yet been absorbed by the leather inside!
Care Tips-
1.Patent leather picks up dyes and colors from other fabrics (such as clothing, etc.) very easily. Avoid allowing your purse come in constant contact with other clothing, etc. that may have dyes that transfer easily.
2. To remove scuff marks from patent leather, rub them with a soft cloth moistened with milk.
3. With any cleaning effort, watch the patent coating to ensure it is not being removed. If removed, it will result in a dull spot. A patch test is always the smart way to go about it!
Patent leather products make for beautiful accessories that are versatile and fashionable- care for them intellegently! :)
-Courtesy: The Leather Laundry (www.theleatherlaundry.com)

Friday, 28 February 2014

Top 10 tips for safe online card transactions

Shopping online using credit cards is becoming increasingly popular as it makes life way and due to the diversified options available. Be it an e-commerce transaction, booking tickets online or availing a service, online transactions has its intrinsic advantages of saving time and convenience. But there is also a fear of data associated with this, as a lot of third party websites and cookies are actively stealing user information silently leading to security risks. Taking some significant steps can minimize their risk of such fraudulent transactions. Let us take a look at the top 10 tips to ensure safe online card transactions.
1.    Install latest security software: Prevention is better than cure and the same is true for all online transactions. The World Wide Web is full of malware, spam and spyware and the best protection to avoid your security being compromised is to use good antivirus software. One can also seek to purchase a full version of protection software rather than an anti virus which can guard against phishing, malware and Trojans.

2.    Use auto update for all software: If you thought your security on the internet was not at risk thanks to all the protective software that you may have installed, think again. Even a small glitch in any of the software being used actively can lead to possible hacking attempt. The most commonly hacked software includes web mail clients and web browsers. Make sure that you always have updated to the latest version of your browser and mail clients like thunderbird and Firefox.

Web browser companies release patches as updates regularly to cover any such security glitch in the software. If you find it hard to manually check and update their software, the best way is to keep the auto update option enabled for all software in your computer.

3.    Look for encryption signs: Before entering any confidential information or sensitive data on any webpage, check if the website us using proper encryption. Encryption is a security measure that helps protect data while travelling over the various networks on the internet. The basic sighs of encryption include an internet protocol or url address starting with https (where s stands or security) as well as a sign displayed a closed padlock located in the right corner of the screen.

4.    Use different passwords: A recent study has revealed that majority of the people use common passwords for a number of transactions including sensitive transactions like net banking and credit cards for the convenience of recollecting. Using the same password makes you at high risk, as if hackers can somehow get access to one password, they would virtually have access to all your accounts. The best way to keep you safe in the virtual world is to use unique passwords for different transactions.

5.    Cash on delivery option: If any sites are offering cash on delivery option, don't hesitate to use it as it is a good safety tip at no cost. Many sites give this option, but many of us ignore it mainly because of our carelessness in going through all details.

6.    Dealing with offers: You might be getting lot of promotional mails and coupons as mails from retail companies. But while utilizing such offers, it is recommended to go directly to the seller site rather than entering details in the coupon link, which will be usually sent by third parties.

7.    Check website's digital certificate: Before doing any transaction from online retailers and merchant websites, make sure to check for safe digital certificates that can authenticate the website. Independent services like VeriSign for example is a popular authentication service provider which helps users to make sure that the website they are dealing with is genuine and not some fraudulent imposter.

8.    Avoid using public computers: Always use personal computers or electronic gadgets like phones or tablets to complete any financial transaction over the internet. Never use any public computers or your friend's mobile for such sensitive transaction as their security may have been compromised. Also make sure you always connect to the internet using a secured Wi-Fi connection which is password protected. Doing financial transactions over a public Wi-Fi connection is highly unsafe and not recommended.

9.    Stay away from phishing emails seeking confidential information: Any promotional mails from your bank or any third party websites or vendors seeking your sensitive banking information must be ignored as spam. A lot of innocent people have been trapped by such phishing websites and emails in the past coming in the name of banks, RBI, I-T department etc. Any mail seeking your banking information by offering lucrative lottery or content winnings must never be encouraged.

10.    Buy From Reputed Merchants: Doing online transaction from reputed merchant websites and e-commerce platforms make sure your security is not compromised. A lot of small vendors may not have adequate security mechanisms in place that could lead to compromise of all user sensitive information in the future. Also check for a confirmation email once you complete any financial transaction to make sure the money you have paid has reached the merchant. Also do check the seller's privacy policy as some retail companies use to resell personal information like contact numbers with market research companies, which can cause leakage of secure data if not handled with care.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy a Fake Branded Handbag

Many times you may covet a Branded handbag that is out of your price range, but don't run off to the flea market to get a replica. Instead, save your pennies and look for an authentic bag on sale from a reputable retailer. Let's take a look at some of the reasons that you shouldn't buy a fake branded handbag.


Selling fake branded handbags is illegal. Counterfeit bags infringe on the copyright and trademarks of the designer and brand. By purchasing these bags, you are supporting these illegal acts. Instead, put away some money each month into your handbag fund and buy yourself the real thing for special occasion.

Child Labor

Most replicas are produced by organized crime and illegal enterprises. They are made by young children in very poor working conditions. By supporting organized crime, you aren't just supporting and contributing to child labor, but also to their other crimes including human trafficking, child abuse and prostitution.


Most fake bags look cheap. They are made from low quality leather. The colors and dyes are oftentimes uneven. The stitching and general construction are poor. Authentic Brands take pride in their workmanship. Sweatshops don't. Who wants to look like a poser anyway? If you can't afford the real thing, don't buy it.


By purchasing fake bags, you are hurting the designers and the manufacturers. The time, effort and creativity put into producing a bag is extensive, from the initial sketches through the time it goes on the shelves. Additionally, if designers and brands are constantly having to spend money in court protecting their designs, the cost of their bags will rise too.
Bagwati.com sells on authentic and original Branded Bags

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

5 Handbag safety tips for women to avoid snatch thefts

SNATCH thieves lurking on the streets are no longer only eyeing pedestrians and have taken to pouncing on motorists, especially women. Of late, several cases of women drivers falling prey to snatch thefts even in their own cars have been brought to the attention of the Nation. Word has also been going around among offices and communities, while emails and social networking sites are helping the news spread like wildfire.

The culprits, usually a motorcyclist and a pillion rider, tail the driver and snatch items placed inside the car. The attacks are usually launched when the car is stationary by the road side or at traffic light junctions.

There are more unreported cases of snatch thefts happening and women are increasingly being subjected to more danger when out on the street.

Here are some tips to remind ladies on how to handle their handbags to avoid snatch theft cases as much as possible.

1. When driving in the car, whether you are alone or with passengers, do not place your handbag on the passenger seat. It makes you an easy target for snatch thefts as the culprits are known to break the car windows and grab handbags off the seats. The worst part of this happening is not you losing the bag, but you getting hurt in the process as the shattered glass can cause some serious injuries.

So where should you place your handbag or any other bags like a laptop bag? A good hidden place is underneath your car seat. If you are uncomfortable with this idea as it may dirty your bag, you can always put in place a small basket or tray underneath your driver seat and place your handbag on it. As for a laptop bag or a bigger one that does not fit underneath the car seat, it’s best to store them in your car trunk. But do take precaution to always carry your laptop bag with you once you leave the car even if you’re parked at a shopping mall.

2. Try not to carry or wear your bag by slinging the handbag straps across your body. Many people used to advise that this is the best way to protect your bag from being snatched off, but this has proven to be a bad idea in many other cases. If a thief tugs at your bag and yanks at it, you’re likely to fall and suffer injuries instead of being able to win at a tug of war with him!

3. When walking along the streets, wear your handbag on the arm that is away from the traffic. A lot of snatch thefts occur when motorists find an easy target who has her handbag on the side that’s facing the street where it’s just an arm’s length to grab at it. It makes it harder for a passing vehicle to grab a bag that is on the inner side of the road, don’t you think?

4. If you are being mugged, do not struggle and just give your belongings up.  If your bag is being snatched, whether by a culprit on foot or in a vehicle, remember to just let it go and not hold on to it. You don’t want to be dragged on the streets. Many women who have fought back or refused to let go of the bag have suffered some injuries inflicted by the culprits. Some unlucky ones have been killed. Whatever that’s in your bag can’t be worth your life.
If you are faced with a thief demanding for your bag, quickly throw your bag as far away as you can in one direction and you immediately run in the opposite direction, and scream for help too. The thief is more likely to go after your bag than you. But run as fast as you can and not wait for him to grab your bag and come back at you!

5. Where possible, if you can do without your handbag, go without it. If you are just heading to your local grocery store in the neighborhood or taking a walk to lunch nearby your office premises, just bring your purse or a small wrist-let or pouch to store your stuff. However, do take note that even small purses or pouches are not spared from being snatched as there have been incidences where some culprits even managed to snatch purses off women walking along busy streets. So don’t take anything for granted even if you are not carrying your handbag.

Hope the above handbag safety tips have been helpful.
Reproduced from: Facebook

Monday, 27 January 2014

Reason on Why you Should Buy Handbags Online ?

The best way to buy handbags is to buy them online – on one of the many stores operating on the Internet, like Bagwati.com

There are many advantages of purchasing handbags online on the Internet when compared to shopping for them in local brick and mortar stores.

Among the biggest advantage of buying handbags like Hidesign and Lavie or any other type of bags –trendy bags, handbags, travel backpacks , polo bags etc – on the Internet is that these online stores have a wide range of items available. This means you have a wide range of bags to choose from unlike the brick and mortar stores where your choice is limited to whatever types the salesman shows you. They cannot keep such a diverse range of handbags in local brick and mortar stores so your choice is limited. When you shop online, the choice is so big that you may get confused as to what to buy, but the availability of a wide range is a big plus. 

If you want to buy laptop bags online, you may want to make a few decisions even before logging on to the online store. To avoid confusion and to avoid over spending, you may want to make a few decisions – the most important of which is to decide the budget: the amount that you are willing to spend on shopping bags online. This applies to any type of shopping for any type of bags. Once you have decided upon the budget, you have to stick to the amount even if you see lucrative offers – you will definitely see them.

When you shop online on the Internet stores, you can expect several types of deals on almost all items. These deals include but are not limited to – price discounts, free gifts on one or more purchases, free shipping etc. You may want to check out different items and the deals available on each before making up your mind on what to buy. This ensures you get most out of the money you intend to spend while shopping online.

Another reason why you should buy handbags online is that you are saved from the effort of physically moving from store to store for finding a bag that meets your style. The local brick and mortar stores are placed at different distances and you have to spend both on money and petrol to reach each store. Whereas in the case of online stores, all you need to do is to open your browser and type in the URL of your favorite online store for handbags. You may want to select one that is more local to your place and that which ships free to your place.

The customer care provided with the online stores is another reason why you should be shopping online. In case of online stores, they provide you with phone numbers to contact customer care for asking and removing any kind of doubts. This experience is seldom found in the local brick and mortar stores. The customer care people are trained and know well how to respond to different types of queries – in contrast to what people at local stores know.
The above explains why you should be buying handbags online rather than purchasing at local brick and mortar stores.

Hidesign Red Pure Leather Medium Ladies Shoulder Bag NIANNA 4N13R

Rs. 5195http://www.bagwati.com/Premium-Collection/Hidesign-Red-Pure-Leather-Medium-Ladies-Shoulder-Bag-NIANNA-4N13R-id-408419.html#sthash.1DyWzwNB.dpuf 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Handbag Buying Guide

Have you found that, while it's all too easy to buy lots of handbags, it's not always simple to buy ones you'll want to use often? If so, then this buying guide is for you. Here's how to buy handbags that you'll love and that will fit your lifestyle.

Build a Handbag Wardrobe:

  1. Tote bags and shoppers: When you need to bring along many of your belongings, tote bags and shoppers are the best bags for you, as they often have a larger capacity than other handbags and a heavy-duty design. Tote bags and shoppers are available in several types of materials, often in canvas twill and leather, and usually have a square or rectangular shape. Some are open, while other totes have handy storage compartments for keys, cell phones, water bottles, and anything else you may need. Totes always have some sort of handle, and occasionally, the handles are long enough to use as a shoulder strap. Tote bags have one other special quality: The bigger the purse you carry, the smaller you look -- instant weight loss from your accessories!

    Where You'll Take a Tote Bag

    • On an airplane as a carry-on
    • To the beach with all of your gear
    • To work when you need to bring along a full day's supplies, including gym clothes for after work
    • Out shopping so you won't have to use any plastic bags
  2. Shoulder bags: Perfect for everyday, shoulder bags are the workhorses of a handbag wardrobe because they have straps long enough to go over your shoulder, thus freeing up your hands. Shoulder bags are often adjustable and can be worn against your hips or waist; many also have outside pockets and interior slots for organization. Shoulder bags are available in many different styles, like slouchy hobo bags, functional and necessary diaper bags, and all manner of luxurious designer handbags. With a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, closures, and designs, there's sure to be a shoulder bag that you'll love to bring with you.

    Where You'll Take a Shoulder Bag

    • To the store, with your wallet, cell phone, and keys tucked inside
    • To the movies with your friends (we won't tell if you sneak in your own candy!)
    • When you go out to eat at a casual restaurant or bar
    • To the office, but remember to choose a higher-quality material to maintain a professional look
  3. Satchels: Satchels are true handbags because the handles are short enough to hold it in your hands. You'll want to use these luggage-inspired purses to carry day-to-day necessities because they're available in a variety of sizes. With their wide, flat interiors and double handles, satchel bags have a classic look that never looks inappropriate. When you need a hand, satchel bags easily rest in the crook of your arm; if you pull the straps over your shoulder, your satchel tucks into your underarm. You can achieve the perfect laid-back look with jeans and a leather satchel.

    Where You'll Take a Satchel

    • On a date when you want a handbag with a ladylike look and plenty of storage
    • To a bar or club on girls' night out with your hottest party dress
    • To a party when you won't mind that all eyes will be on your handbag
  4. Evening bags: Evening bags, including clutch bags (which have no strap and you hold -- or "clutch" -- in your hand) and wristlets (which have a strap just long enough to hang over your wrist), are the bags you'll want for a special night out. With lovely details like beads and sequins and fine fabrics like metallics and satins, evening bags will complement your formal wear perfectly. You can choose between soft leather handbags or handbags with structured metal frames, depending on how formal your eveningwear is. If your evening bag has a handle, you can tuck it inside to transform it into a clutch bag; clutch bags can also be used as wallets inside larger bags during the day. Nothing says glamour and romance more than accessorizing with an evening bag.

    Where You'll Take an Evening Bag

    • To a holiday party when you're there to impress
    • To a fine restaurant when you're there with your special someone
    • To a wedding with a few tissues inside
    • To a cocktail party, where a cocktail ring-clad hand holding a clutch bag will be the perfect elegant look

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Guide to Buying Purses and Handbags

Buying a new purse can be a major investment, as many top-quality bags sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Wasting money on a handbag that turns out to be impractical, uncomfortable, or a poor fit with one’s wardrobe is never a good fashion move. It follows that anyone shopping for purses should have some idea of what she is looking for.
First, a shopper can learn about purses in general. Understanding how purses developed over time and breaking a purse down into its components results in better overall knowledge and more confidence when shopping.
Next, a shopper should decide what type of purse she wants. This is usually dictated by her lifestyle, daily routine, the amount of belongings that she wishes to put in the purse, how many other bags she carries (such as a diaper bag or briefcase), and the general image she desires to create.
Once she has decided on a purse type, a shopper can look into different styles of purses. The style refers to the overall shape and design. Many bags fall into clearly defined categories, while others are hybrids of different style elements.
The bag’s brand and material (which includes color and pattern) may also be factors in the decision making. Lastly, helpful purse accessories will round out a handbag purchase.

Purse History 

The first bags were worn by men to carry seeds, medicines, and other items related to their trades. By the 14th century, money pouches were tied to the waist, as pockets in garments did not yet exist. By this time, bags were carried by both sexes and were already considered status symbols. A luxurious bag with designs and decorations was the mark of a person of higher social standing, while plain bags indicated peasants.
Over the next several hundred years, purses evolved differently for men and women. Men used leather purses, much like coin purses or wallets, and eventually, pockets were sewn into trousers. On the other hand, women’s bags were made of increasingly ornate materials: often silk or velvet with intricate embroidery, tassels, and other accents. Women’s handbags were called by different names in different countries.
By the 1800s, opportunities for travel and the need for luggage led to the development of "handbags," which ladies could carry by themselves. Carpetbags were literally made out of Persian rugs and came in a variety of sizes, some like suitcases and others on the scale of smaller purses. Sturdier leather luggage and handbags began to be produced, and the handbag continued to evolve through the 20th century into a variety of styles and designs.
Acceptable men’s bags through the years have included briefcases and attaché cases, saddle bags, messenger bags, backpacks, military duffels, weekenders, camera bags, flight bags, and shaving kits, but generally not handbags per se. With the proliferation of modern electronic gadgets such as smartphones, tablet computers, MP3 players, Bluetooth headsets, earbuds, and the like, more men are starting to carry what is affectionately dubbed the "man purse" or "manbag," bringing history full circle.

Purses as Status Symbols

Over time, women’s handbags and purses have evolved from practical items to fashion statements to status symbols. Celebrities are often known for and photographed with their outrageously expensive designer bags. A huge counterfeit handbag industry has emerged in an attempt to satisfy consumers who cannot afford authentic designer bags but wish to project an image of wealth and high fashion.

Glossary of Purse Terms and Parts 

Understanding the different parts of a purse will help one understand product descriptions and make buying decisions. The following chart outlines some of the key terms that are used to define purses.




Mechanism used to close the purse
Drawstring, snap, zipper, toggle button, magnet, Velcro, kiss-lock, clasp
Refers to relatively short, usually rigid hand grips
Leather, synthetic leather, chain, metal, bamboo, wood, bone, plastic
Commonly long, flexible loops
Leather, synthetic leather, fabric
Fabric used to line the interior of the purse
Natural fabric, synthetic fabric, vinyl
A rigid top structure from which a soft bag is suspended; the closure is often a kiss-lock type which snaps shut
Usually metal but may be plastic or another hard material
(Usually) metal pieces
Zippers, snaps, buckles, clasp closures, spring clasps and loops used to attach removable straps, strap adjustments, rings connecting straps to bags, feet
Small nubs, typically four, found on the bottom of a flat-bottomed bag to keep it off of dirty surfaces
Metal, rubber, plastic

Types of Purses 

Purses can only be carried in a limited number of ways. Almost every purse falls into one of the following five general types. It should be noted that many handbags, wristlets, and clutches come with optional detachable shoulder straps for hands-free convenience, but a true shoulder bag is one that is intended to be worn primarily on the shoulder, with a permanently attached strap.

Type of Purse


Cross body bag
Features a long strap, sometimes adjustable, usually attached to the bag so that the strap lies flat when worn bandolier-style
Shoulder bag
Features a long, permanently affixed, often adjustable strap designed to be worn on the shoulder so that the bag itself hangs within easy reach of the hand
Typically features two stiff handles, one on either side of the opening, to be carried in the hand
Features a short strap at one end of a small bag that is meant to be worn on the wrist; the bag itself resembles a wallet or clutch
Features no handles or straps and is meant to be carried in the hand or the crook of the arm, although a long detachable chain or strap is sometimes included

Styles of Purses 

Purse style refers to the overall shape and functional design. The following chart details the most commonly seen styles.

Bag Style


Shaped like a miniature backpack, this type of bag can be worn on the back, with both straps over the shoulder, or carried in the hand
A small, narrow handbag
Bowling bag
Modeled after the bags used to carry bowling balls
A soft-sided, cylindrical bag, typically with a drawstring closure at the top; the bag is taller than it is wide
A small, slim, and sleek purse without handles or straps, often with a metal frame that clicks or snaps shut
Doctor’s bag
Modeled after a traditional doctor’s bag
A bag with a flat or slightly dipped top and a rounded bottom
An unstructured, crescent-shaped shoulder bag, typically on the larger side; loses shape and slouches when set down
Similar to a cross body or sling bag, this type of bag is worn by placing the strap over the head and on the opposite shoulder from the side of the body where the bag hangs
More unusual purses in funny shapes are usually carried by children but also by women with an avant-garde sense of style; purses may be in the shapes of animal heads, Chinese take-out containers, lunch boxes, and other whimsical objects
Often misclassified as a hobo bag, this bag has a slight crescent shape with a dip in the center, but the bag has more structure than a hobo; may feature equestrian accents
A structured bag with handles on either side of the opening and a flat bottom so that the bag can sit up on its own
A bag with a strap that attaches at the top and bottom and is slung over the shoulder like a backpack
A bag that is generally open at the top, although a few versions have zippers or snaps; most are on the large side for carrying many items

Brands of Purses 

Many women have a particular brand of bag in mind when they are shopping. They may admire bags carried by celebrities or friends, spot them in advertisements, or be loyal to a family favorite. The following chart breaks down popular purse makers by price range. While prices within each brand do vary, this chart will give a general idea on price points.

Price Range

Example Brands

Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Burberry
Coach, Kooba, Botkier, Foley + Carina
DKNY, The Sak, Kenneth Cole, Kate Spade, Dooney & Bourke
Etienne Aigner, Nine West, Vera Bradley, Liz Claiborne

Famous Purses in History

Some celebrities are upstaged by their designer purses. Modern history has many examples of iconic bags. Below are a few of the most recognized.

Chanel 2.55

This sleek quilted bag, which appeared on the fashion scene in 1955, was the first to use a chain as a strap. It is still a highly coveted bag and has inspired many lookalikes.

Hermès Kelly

Legendary actress and princess Grace Kelly used her prized Hermès handbag to conceal her slight baby bump during the early stages of her pregnancy. The bag, which was very prominent in photographs of the star, became an in-demand item. The designer renamed the particular style after Kelly.

Hermès Birkin

Another hit by the same designer, this bag was designed for singer/actress Jane Birkin upon her offhand request for a bigger, better Hermès bag. The company’s CEO granted her wish by creating a larger tote-style leather bag with short handles. The Birkin bag is one of the best-known bags in the fashion world. The waiting list for one is years long, and the price tag can easily be thousands of dollars.

Purse Materials

Selecting a bag is simpler if the buyer knows what she wants the bag to be made of. Genuine leather bags are classics, but purses are available in all sorts of materials, including but not limited to:
  • Exotic animal skins
  • Suede
  • Synthetic leather
  • Canvas
  • Quilting
  • Linen
  • Straw
  • Raffia
  • Crochet
  • Nylon
The green movement has led to the creation of bags created from recycled materials. These may be patchwork fabric bags made from cut-up textiles such as old bags, clothing, fabric remnants, and bed linens. Other recycled bags are pieced together from what would normally be considered trash: empty juice boxes and pouches, candy wrappers, and other discarded "trash"


Whatever the material, handbags come in the entire spectrum of colors, including:
  • Basic black and white
  • A whole range of brown tones, from dark chocolate to nude and ecru
  • Classic neutrals: cordovan, navy, and gray
  • Crayon hues
  • Ice cream pastels
  • Neon brights
  • Metallics
Darker-toned bags generally look more appropriate with fall and winter fashions, and lighter-toned bags are best for spring and summer, although a black or brown bag can work in warm weather if the design is right. Most women find that they need a minimum of two purses for each season: a muted tone in a subdued design to carry to work and a weekend bag in a fun hue. Ladies with an active night life should add a third bag, an evening clutch or minibag, in a metallic or black. Bag lovers will find reasons to add many more purses to their accessory wardrobes.
Most of the old rules about accessorizing have been overturned. For example, it now looks dated to match a purse to one’s shoes. Mixing it up has that "stylist" look. Mixing metallics, such as a gold bag with copper jewelry, is okay because metallics are considered neutrals that go with anything else. It is still rare to see a white bag in winter, but with a black coat and pants, it could look fresh if worn with confidence.


Patterns found in clothing are generally found in purses. Some examples include:
  • Paisley
  • Stripes
  • Polka dots
  • Plaid
  • Checks
  • Houndstooth
  • Florals
  • Graphic prints
Another common print on handbags which would not normally be found on clothing is the use of designer initials or monograms stamped repeatedly across the material to form a unique pattern. Some of the most notable of these are Louis Vuitton and Gucci.


Material alone is not always descriptive enough. For example, leather comes in smooth, pebbled, patent, and distressed treatments. Crochet may be flat and relatively smooth or have considerable texture arising from special stitches. Fabrics may be rough or silky to the touch.


As if the elements mentioned thus far did not offer enough combinations, still to be considered are decorative touches and accents such as:
  • Sequins
  • Beading
  • Lace
  • Tassels
  • Fringe
  • Embroidery
  • Patchwork
  • Cutwork
  • Tooling
  • Insets
  • Piping
  • Contrasting stitching

Purse Accessories

Purse accessories will help to organize a bag that lacks pockets. Certain accessories will also keep a bag clean and extend its useful life. The following table describes some helpful handbag accessories.

Handbag Accessory


Purse organizer
Keeps contents sorted in a purse with few interior pockets; also makes it easy to change bags quickly by simply lifting out the filled organizer and placing it inside another bag
Purse hook
Placed on the edge of a restaurant or cafe table, this hook suspends purses safely near their owners and keeps them off of dirty floors
Adds a fun touch of bling and personality to the exterior of a handbag
A small clutch expressly for carrying money: currency, coins, credit cards, and a checkbook; some also include a calculator, photo sleeves, or a notepad
Cosmetic bag
Keeps fragrances and makeup from potentially spilling into the bag

How to Buy the Perfect Purse 

Handbags and purses (and other accessories) are generally sold anywhere women’s fashions are sold. Traditional brick-and-mortar stores include not only designer boutiques, outlets, department stores, and discount retailers, but also consignment shops and thrift stores. Alternative sources for purses include street vendors, craft fairs, yard sales, flea markets, auctions, and bazaars. Online buying options include eRetailers, classified ads, and auction sites.

How to Buy a Purse on Bagwati.com

Because there are so many beautiful and stylish bags available, a shopper will have a much easier time making a decision if she can narrow down her options in terms of type, style, or brand, or a combination of those elements. Shopping blind and going on instinct works for some people, but this can take a long time, resulting in frustration and possibly a poor decision. By understanding purse history, options, and accessories, buying the perfect purse is in the bag.