National Handbag Day on October 10th recognizes the versatile and utilitarian bag that goes by many names.

Not only do handbags come in many shapes and sizes. They can be the size of an envelope or almost as large as an overnight bag. They are available in every imaginable color and designs from leopard and zebra prints to calf skin and rhinestones. There truly is something for every taste and style.

Call it what you will – pocketbook, clutch, reticule, purse, evening bag, case, or pouch – they’ve been coming in handy for thousands of years. The earliest designs were a means of survival, but that didn’t stop the user from being creative. Whether they carried tools, ceremonial accessories or gear, the user often decorated them with beads or died the material. Complex pockets organized even the most elaborate sets of accessories.

Today, the availability of synthetic and natural fibers allows for even more variety in design. Bags offer a range of sizes and styles, too. Whether packing light, casual or sophisticated, these purses offer so much to the modern user.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHandbagDay

Show us your style by taking photos of your favorite handbags. Don’t forget to post them on social media using #nationalhandbagday.

NATIONAL HANDBAG HISTORY HISTORY created National Handbag day in 2012.

Handbag FAQ

Q. What’s the most common thing carried in a handbag?
A. According to a poll by Cramer-Krasselt, the most common item carried in a handbag is a wallet. Pen and keys were a close second followed by phone.

Q. How much do women spend on handbags?
A. According to a poll taken by The Best Wallet For You, more than half of the respondents spent less than $50 on bags and wallets per year.