The term “purse” originally referred to a small bag for holding coins. In British English, it is still used to refer to a small coin bag. A “handbag” is a larger needed accessory, that holds items beyond currency, such as a woman’s personal items and emergency items to survive on. American English typically uses the terms “purse” and “handbag” interchangeably. The term “handbag” began appearing in the early 1900s. Initially, it was most often used to refer to men’s hand-luggage. Women’s accessory bags grew larger and more complex during that period, and the term was attached to the women’s accessory. Handbags are used as fashion accessories as well as functional ones.
Money doesn’t buy elegance. You can take an inexpensive sheath, add a pretty scarf, gray shoes and a “wonderful bag” and it will always be elegant – Carolina Herrera
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