Early modern Europeans wore purses for one purpose: to carry coins. Purses were made of soft fabric or leather, and were worn by men as often as ladies. The Scottish sporran is a survival of this custom.
By the late 18th century, fashions in Europe moved towards a slender shape, inspired by the silhouettes of Ancient Greece and Rome.
The idea of the clutch originated with the “Reticule” hundred years ago, during the Victorian era. It was then a mid-sized bag, made out of Lucite, Bakelite, silk, satin or brocade. Originally popular in France, they crossed over into Britain, where they became known as “indispensables.”
Proper ladies used the “Reticule” to store their handkerchiefs during elegant evenings out on the town. This fashion then went out of style, but came back during World War II. From the after-war to our era, the clutch purse became the evening bag of choice, as well as day for women everywhere.
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