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Handbag Chic: 200 Years of Designer Fashion [With Gold Chain Handle] (Schiffer Book for Collectors with Price Guide) Hardcover – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Schiffer Book for Collectors with Price Guide
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764323148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764323140
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Desire Smith is a former high school English teacher in Philadelphia and currently a fashion historian and the author of several books about vintage clothing. She is a consultant for Alderfer Auction Company, in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

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Customer Reviews

Handbag Chic is a must have resource for anyone who is interested in handbag design.
Linda Ames
The book is well organized, and is further enhanced by the glossary, index and bibliography sections.
Maevesmom
The cover is imaginatively designed as a purse, complete with a chain handle on the spine!
Paula Higgins

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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.

Written by an antique clothing consultant, it covers handbags from 1759 to present. It clearly is expensively reproduced, on thick glossy pages with 600+ color photos. While enjoyable and pretty, the author obviously went to great pains to make it meticulously accurate, as evidenced by her bibliography and resources.

I particularly appreciated the layout; organized both by time period and medium. Because of this method, it is interesting and easy to see the evolution of each particular style, such as beaded, leather, mesh, skins, textile and plastic. It opens with a selection of historically important bags, culled entirely from her own impressive collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paula Higgins on October 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lori Blaser on October 27, 2005
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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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Ames on October 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Handbag Chic is a must have resource for anyone who is interested in handbag design. This informative book, which combines unusual and novelty items with more traditional designs, offers a broader view of the art of handbag design than is usually found in most collections. The excellent photographs are accompanied by carefully researched text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maevesmom on October 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Brehmer on October 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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!
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