Handbags and Gladrags

This week i took a mini break to Amsterdam for 3 days. Regardless of the minus degree climates I persevered against the cold and got my tourist hat on. I stayed at the Amrath hotel, the building is so beautiful I have included a photo below. It is located just along the river and opposite to the central station. The room overlooked the city and had a ceiling that would go on forever, I am a such sucker for a high ceiling!


Amsterdam is a lively city with endless places to eat, drink, smoke, dance or simply to walk or cycle along the Canals. Despite it being known for its red light district it has such a romantic feel, it’s the perfect getaway for couples.

Whilst doing my tourist thing I visited the museum of handbags and purses. This exhibition showcased items from some of today’s biggest designers, Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and many more. The first room of the exhibition was a collection of ‘unusual’ bags. Followed by the main room demonstrating how bags have evolved over the years and the different materials used.

I love the unusual bags, they make such a statement. I think my favourite may have to be the the hat bag.

Bags 1

Bags 2

I have put together a collection of items from the same designer, below is Louis Vuitton – clockwise the patch work bag with the signature monogram of the brand, followed by a later version – this was the cherry blossom edition designed by Takashi Murakami in 2003 and of course the Louis Vuitton trunk, an iconic and timeless item from the designer.

Louis Vuitton bag

A bag different from the ones we’re used to seeing from Chanel is the crewelwork design, followed by a fur bag from 2007.
Chanel’s leather brown bag (1970) with the chain shoulder strap and quilt stitching we all know and love is still being used to this day. The last box displays a pop art design from 2001.

Chanel bags

The Dior collection shows 4 very different styles. I think this shows how Dior have the ability to variate their designs without fear of losing brand value. The white bag with the brass handles dates back to 1960 whereas the other 3 are 2005 models, they each have a very different style, from shape, texture and detail.

Dior bags

Hermes leather clutch from 1935 demonstrates Hermes’ style with its simple shape and just below is the ‘Kelly’ bag which we have seen in many different colours and materials to date, famously named after Grace Kelly.

Hermes bag

Here are some other bags from YSL, Vivienne Westwood and Prada…


In addition to designers, the exhibition highlighted which materials were used for bags and which era they were discovered. I have put together some images below, I love the peacock feather clutch however, i can’t say I’m a massive fan of the lizard though, don’t know how I’d feel carrying that around.

Chainmail bags

Ivory lace bag Peacock bag

Tortoise shell

Lizard bag

Luxury bags

Just to share with you how beautiful Amsterdam is I have added some of my holiday snaps as well.


Amsterdam streets

Amsterdam streets vespa

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