The different types of purses

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  1. I'm a little confused on the different types of purses, not the different designers, but rather what makes a purse a tote, satchel, etc.

    How does a tote differ from a satchel? To me they look very similiar, but I could be looking at bad examples. Generally speaking, what makes a bowler a bowler? Is it called a bowler because it is shaped like a bowling ball bag?

    Before I came across this forum, I had grouped the different purses into either totes, clutches, or regular purses. I'm just realizing that there is a wide range of different types of purses that I didn't know about before!

    Thanks for your help!:smile:
  2. You should take a look at the websites of NM and BG... They categorize their different purses by totes, satchels etc. Generally, totes are bigger than satchels. Totes can sometimes be called carry-alls as well, but that's really on a case-by-case basis. I hope this helps!
  3. Eponineslove, hope this helps. =)

    Handbags 101 Glossary

    Handbags & Luggage Glossary

    Antique – leather with a smooth finish because the grain has been crushed and undergone shrinkage.

    Athletic bag – a soft, roomy bag used to carry sporting equipment and apparel to the gym.

    Backpack – a bag that is supported by the shoulders with double handles and lies across the back. Backpacks are supported on either one or both shoulders.

    Billfold – a flat wallet with a clip or slip-in compartment, which holds bills.

    Box – rigid bag shaped purse, square or rectangle in shape, with a variety metal, bone, shell or wooden handle.

    Bucket – roomy bag shaped like a bucket, usually has an open top and shoulder strap.

    Burlap – a coarsely textured material used to make casual bags such as school bags, backpacks and satchels.

    Calfskin – leather made from the hide of young cattle. Calfskin has a soft, smooth texture which makes it desirable for making fine handbags.

    Camera bag – an adaptation of bags used to carry photographic equipment. Today’s camera bags are rectangular with many additional zippered outside compartments.

    Canteen bag – a round, stiff bag that resembles a traveler’s water flask. Canteen bags typically have a shoulder strap.

    Canvas – a durable, somewhat water resistant material that is popular in backpacks and school bags.

    Card case – a hard case typically the perfect size and shape to hold business cards.

    Carpet bag – a large satchel-like bag, typically used for carry-on luggage and made out of carpet fabric.

    Change purse – a small purse just large enough to hold loose change. Maybe attached to a handbag; closes with a zipper, clasp or snap.

    Clutch – a bag with no handles that must be carried clasped in one hand or under the arm.

    Convertible bag – a bag with a handle that can be tucked or folded inside, in order to turn it into a clutch.

    Cosmetic case – bags of varying sizes and shapes with a zip closure lined to hold cosmetics.

    Cotton – various prints and textures are used to make novelty handbags, book bags, cosmetic bags, etc.

    Cowhide – leather made from adult cattle.

    Drawstring – a soft bag with a gathered drawstring closure. The drawstring, once synched, may form into purse straps or have a separate strap.

    Duffel – typically a bag that is long, horizontal and cylinder in shape with short handles.

    Envelope – a flat, square or rectangular bag with a triangle-shaped top flap that folds over like an envelope.

    Feed bag – a drawstring bag, usually with a shoulder strap, shaped like a horse’s feed bag; also referred to as a bucket bag.

    Fishing creel – a woven basket with a flap top and shoulder strap; originally carried by fly fishermen to keep their catch fresh.

    Flight bag – used by passengers and crew to carry on belongings aboard a plane, often has a flight insignia and used rather then a tote bag.

    Glazed leather – has a polished finish but not quite as high gloss as patent leather.

    Half moon bag – any bag shaped like a half moon, with or without a handle of various sizes.

    Hobo bag – a soft, large bag that has a zip top and shoulder strap. Tends to crunch down when carried or laid down.

    Kip – also called steer hide, is a type of leather taken from older cattle, not as supple as calfskin.

    Needlepoint – has a tapestry appearance and has a heavy, ornamental fabric used to make knitting bags and carpetbags.

    Minaudiere – a small evening bag embezzled with pieces of metal, semi precious stones or beads and covered with fabric or leather.

    Muff – a winter bag made of real of faux fur, wool or velvet that has zippered compartments and a slip opening for your hands.

    Patent leather – an extremely high gloss type of leather finish.

    Pouch – a gathered or straight bag evening bag.

    Peau de soie – a dull type of satin used to make evening bags.

    Reptile – skins from snakes, turtles and lizards used to make handbags. Reptile is distinguishable by its scaly pattern and texture. Many laws protect endangered reptiles whose skins are used to make illegal bags.

    Safari – a soft leather bag with a curved shape, a top zipper, two top straps or handles, and two outside pockets with flaps and buckle closures.

    Satchel – a bag with a wide, flat bottom, zippered or clasped top, two handles or straps. The satchel style was inspired by a piece of luggage and can be various sizes such as the doctor’s bag.

    School bag – a roomy bag with a snap, clasp or buckle top flap and one wide shoulder strap; often a thicker variation of the envelope bag.

    Sheep or lambskin – light, fine grain leather used to make imported bags.

    Shoulder bag – any bag with a shoulder strap.

    Silk – used for elegant evening bags, sometimes beading is incorporated.

    Straw – hand woven willow or rattan used to make summer bags and picnic baskets.

    Suede – a treatment applied to the flesh side of a skin to produce a napped, velvet-like finish.

    Swagger – a roomy, framed bag with two straps or handles, open outside pockets and a zippered or clasped open top.

    Tote – a bag inspired by a shopping bag, which is sturdy and rectangular with an open top and two strap handles. The inside may have zip compartments.

    Quilted bag – is quilted in texture and typically has a chain strap or handle.

    Velvet – a rich, lustrous fabric used for evening bags.

    Wallet – hard or soft, with zippers or snaps, has compartments for coins, bills, credit cards, etc.
  4. Wow - I never knew there were so many....and I thought I knew all about bags!!
  5. Thanks discobunniee, I will definetly check out those sites!
    bag.lover: wow! That list really clears up a few things! And taught me new terminology! thanks both of you!
  6. #6 Mar 12, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2012
    Hi, thanks for the thorough guide :smile:

    I'm designing a purse, not like anything I've seen elsewhere, and need to categorize it. It's approximately 20x20 centimeters:

    So, would you define it as a "Box", a "Change purse", a "Small Satchel" or something else?

    Latest design change will be to have the whole purse, except the lining, in acrylic. The lining will be made of some sort of semi-rigid plastic.
  7. Wow!! Had NO clue how many.. Very helpful. Thank you.
  8.!!! Thanks for all of that!. Maybe if a personw ould go to Zappos, that would be a good way of looking at the types of bags offered and what they exactly are.
  9. eklem, your design is very cute. I have seen lucite purses from I think the 30's in a boxy shape (no lining because the lucite itself had enough colour to hide the contents). I don't remember them being called anything other than lucite purses but hopefully someone else knows if they had any special name.
  10. I would categorise your bag as an evening bag because of its size ;) it's a cute bag, btw! Categories are normally based on the shape, design and size of the bag, depending on all these things, the categories may differ, for example, you can have an evening clutch or you can have an oversized clutch, depending on the size
  11. A-ops. A little error, pass along, nothing to see here. Thought I hadn't answered a post
  12. Bag.lover thank you! I was looking for other types of purses as well and made a blog on it.
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