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This comprehensive new book celebrates over 550 top quality handbags by leading and unknown designers the world over, dating from 1759 to 2004, with detailed information to describe their outstanding qualities These carefully selected handbags are arranged by their primary materials and chronologically within each chapter, for easy reference and interesting comparisons Here fine leather, fabric, metal, beaded, skin, and plastic handbags from all over Europe, England, Canada, The United States, and Asia appear in over 600 beautiful color photographs Examples appear from the design houses of Adele Handbags, Asprey, Bergdorf Goodman, Bonnie Cashin for Coach, Cartier, Chanel, Coblentz, Collins of Texas, deLillo, Elizabeth Arden, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Halston, Hermes, I Miller, Joret, Judith Lieber, Keiselstein Cort, Llewellen, Mandalian, Mark Cross, Marvel, Nettie Rosenstein, Patricia of Miami, Pierre Cardin, Raoul Calabro, Rialto, Roger Van S., Ronay, Rosenfeld, sydney love, Tiffany, Tropic, Tyrolean, Virginia Merrill, Viva, Whiting Davis Co., Wilardy Original, Zandra Rhodes, and many An extensive Glossary, informative Resources section, Bibliography, and Index make this book friendly while instructional, securing an important place in the libraries of fashion historians, vintage clothing buffs, antique dealers, and accessories collectors alike....

Title : Handbag Chic: 200 Years of Designer Fashion (Schiffer Book for Collectors with Price Guide)
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ISBN : 0764323148
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Schiffer Pub Ltd September 1, 2005
Number of Pages : 272 pages
File Size : 575 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Handbag Chic: 200 Years of Designer Fashion (Schiffer Book for Collectors with Price Guide) Reviews

  • Lori Blaser
    2019-01-31 20:18

    As an avid antique purse collector, I am always looking to learn more about my passionate hobby. Desire successfully expanded my knowledge by providing me with a wide range of information that I had previously been unaware of. Her Glossary taught me so much I did not already know. I love the fact that her book spanned from the very early year 1759 to the present. This is a very comprehensive book with so many gorgeous pictures. If you are a handbag lover, you should not miss owning this gorgeous book!

  • Victoriana
    2019-02-13 15:05

    Wonderful resource for anyone who loves purses, handbags and pocketbooks, beautifully photographed with a great variety to enjoy! Lovely book replete with distinctive chain handle! LaRee Johnson, author of Ladies' Vintage Accessories.

  • Dave G.
    2019-01-19 22:12

    Shipment was a little later than expected but received OK. It was during the Christmas season so shipper was probably busier than normal. I would have requested expedited service but shipper offered no delivery upgrades so I took my chances. Arrived on the very day it was presented as a Christmas gift!

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-02-05 20:23

    As the founder of the Antique Purse Collectors Society, I found this book to be the perfect blend of entertainment and education. The fun begins when you go to pick it up and realize it is made to look like a purse, complete with real chain handle on the spine! However, this is no coffee table volume meant just for looks.

  • Maevesmom
    2019-02-08 16:09

    "Handbag Chic" is a rare package - the inside delivers what the outside promises. The whimsical and creative cover of this book, made to resemble a purse complete with chain handle (indeed the actual purse is featured inside the book), opens to reveal a creative and informative resource for the serious collector or the casual dabbler. The hundreds of beautiful photographs include the works of many designers, both renowned and obscure, and are accompanied by insightful and educational captions. The book is well organized, and is further enhanced by the glossary, index and bibliography sections. This is a great book for anyone interested in vintage clothing and accessories!

  • Paula Higgins
    2019-01-16 16:15

    HANDBAG CHIC is a wonderful book! It is very informative with many high quality purses ranging from a rare, early Theorem purse to beautiful 20th century needle worked and leather examples. The circa 1840 painted straw purse had me green with envy. The cover is imaginatively designed as a purse, complete with a chain handle on the spine! The photography is of a very high quality, making details easy to see. I consider this a great addition to my collection of books on purses and a must have for purse and couture collectors everywhere.

    2019-01-20 17:59

    I am really amazed - UPSET AND MISTIFIED at this author and her lack of knowledge on the quality of the VINTAGE-(BACK SECTION OF BOOK) LUCITE~BAKELITE handbags in her book-THE PRICES ARE TOTALLY OUT OF LINE!HIGH ON THE CHEAP-LOW ON THE BEST???

  • Laura Brehmer
    2019-02-02 20:10

    This book is Purr-Fectly wonderful! Not only is it pretty ( shaped like a handbag and has a chain handle too!) The color photos are excellent and the resources she used are reliable and have been either in the business or collecting for a long time. I recommend this for research, as well as just a fun trip back in time. There are some nice examples of bags you dont see everyday. This would make a great gift for someone who loves fashion, vintage, or just handbags!