Over the years there has always been that common question, mainly asked by men. How many handbags do women really need? Why do we as women invest and spend so much money on handbags? Why and how was it possible that one lady alone had such a love for handbags and purses she end up owning 5000. For me it is clear, it is in our DNA. Whilst in Amsterdam reviewing 5 Star hotels for MenStyleFashion, I was given a 72 City Card by IAmsterdam. This  gives you access to many museums around the city.  I highly recommend buying this as it allows you to explore so many hidden gems around this fabulous city. Go into places you would not normally explore.

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The Museum of Bags and Purses

The Museum of Bags and Purses, the largest of its kind in the world, will show and tell you the story of a seemingly everyday article. It is a fascinating story, featuring fashion, art, customs and history. The museum is situated in a lovely canal house in the centre of Amsterdam, part of the UNESCO World heritage Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam, displaying the development of bags and purses from the Middle ages to the present day. This is the only place in the world where you will find so many beautiful, valuable, playful and exciting handbags in one collection: from historical highlights from the 15th century to the timeless classics of modern design from the most famous designers. You can find out more about it here.

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The Story

The history of handbags is most intriguing and how it all came about both for men and women.  From the earliest stages of civilization, bags and purses were practical everyday articles used by men as well as women. They were necessary for carrying money and other personal items, since clothes hadn’t yet been fitted out with pockets. We know what they looked like from paintings, prints and tapestries and the few historical handbags preserved in museums. Such antique bags are rare because they were mostly made out of perishable materials. You can read more about it here.

I am not a huge fan of handbags to be honest. Currently in my wardrobe I own no more than twenty bags and mostly are due to purchases made many years ago. I am a huge lover of leather and studded handbags. I guess one of my reasons is my lifestyle at the moment is all about travelling and therefore I opt for mans-bags. Mainly backpacks at this stage. I do however have a bag I bought at a market in Amsterdam over 15 years ago and it is a treasure indeed.

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My Favorite Picks From The Museum

The following images of what I believe are the most gorgeous handbags I have ever seen. Ironically enough I do understand up until now why I chose not to invest my time let alone my cash on handbags. The simple reason is that anything from the 20th century,  are not bags that represent the creative side of me. Women’s bags of today are handbags that meet a growing variety of practical needs.  I am a very creative person and when I wear a handbag I want it to be a statement piece. Those women that buy luxury handbags to showcase they’ re wealthy is not what I am about at all.

This museum has enlightened me to explore those archives of handbags and start investing in some statement pieces. Handbags that will literally stop other women in their tracks.

Ladies and gentlemen when you are in Amsterdam this is a museum worth visiting even if you’re not a lover of handbags. You can also book a celebration within this marvelous building. Along side this, the museum does showcase, some powerful bags ever worn by some powerful women in the world of politics and fashion.

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