A handbag is a highly significant part of a woman’s fashion identity. Influenced by the trends of fashion and personalized by the way in which it is used, the handbag is a projection of a woman. The history of the handbag deals with many different aspects of fashion. The changing forms and purposes of a handbag have illustrated many social developments, especially the emancipation of women. The handbag as we know today is an item that only became familiar in the late 19th century. The dual functionality of the handbag with its nature of displaying and concealing, and the combination of its public face and its private inner mind, continue to capture and enrich our imagination.