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I Love Red Handbags

Updated on January 17, 2015

You can never have too many Red Handbags!

A Red Handbag is a necessity in every wardrobe. No fashion item could be more versatile. The rich vibrant colour is bold, sexy and fun on a young woman and dramatically elegant for the mature woman.

It livens up any outfit, casual or formal, from jeans and sweater to the classic black frock. It turns an outfit from plain to chic.

Simply put, a lady can't get by without a red handbag.

The Lady in Red

Red grabs attention. It signals a call to action. Red suggests speed combined with confidence and maybe a dash of danger. Red is stimulating and appetising. Mere perception of red colour enhances the human metabolism.

Once red was reserved exclusively for the rich nobility, only to be worn by Kings, Cardinals and Emperors. Now we can all use red - and what better way to flaunt a colour of power than in a delectable handbag.

You only need a splash! A little bit of red goes a long way ........

What a beautiful Birkin! - $20,000 plus is neither here not there

If I had money to throw away

Is there anything more refined than this genteel, graceful handbag?

Nearly all Hermes Birkin bags, named after English actress and '60s fashion icon Jane Birkin, are special orders, like this red leather version.

This one is absolutely timeless and will look exquisite for years and years. It would certainly have to last forever with a price tag of this size - most Birkins are upwards of $20,000, but the final price depends on skin and hardware.

Do you baulk at paying out $1000 or even $20,000 for a handbag?

Try these bags instead

In Praise of Patent Leather

Red patent leather handbag from Dolce and Gabbana. My choice!
Red patent leather handbag from Dolce and Gabbana. My choice!

My choice - if I could afford it

Feast your eyes on this stunning patent leather handbag from Dolce and Gabbana

In bright lipstick red it's screaming to be taken out on the town. The polished gold hardware is a perfect complement to the red and the tote has a magnetic snap closure to keep all your essentials safe. Handles are made of flat leather straps.

It's a mere $845

Red Faux Reptile Handbag

Imitation snake or alligator skin, too much like the real thing in a handbag?
Imitation snake or alligator skin, too much like the real thing in a handbag?

This fabulous Isabella Adams Kelly Handbag is in beautiful red embossed leather with striking gold hardware and gold logo plate.

This is the best kind of bag - the front zipper pocket, three interior leather trimmed pockets, front and back outer pockets ensure enough space for all your essential bits and pieces.

The interior lining is attractive ultra suede and the handles are drop woven leather.

Found at The Find where you can certainly find gorgeous handbags from $25 to $2,500

Red handbags everywhere

The New York Times On the Street. Lots and lots of red handbags.

I love them all.

The Handbag: An Illustrated History
The Handbag: An Illustrated History

An interesting touch is the collection of celebrities pictured with their own purses

 

The Handbag: An Illustrated History

In six chapters, each devoted to a decade, we look at the evolution of the handbag within the social context of the day.

Featured bags include Vuitton's revolutionary Noe bag, Art Deco clutch bags in Bakelite, the Hermes Kelly bag endorsed by Princess Grace of Monaco in the 1950s, and the bag of the moment, the Marc Jacobs Stam.

A fascinating history of handbag design examined within the context of changing society.

Filled with a collection of important handbags, diverse imagery, and a fun, informative text, this beautifully designed volume is a must-have for handbag aficionadas.

Thai Silk

Lovely Thai Silk - thanks Si Ling Chi!

Empress Si Ling Chi of China is credited with discovering silk. While sitting under a mulberry tree in a palace garden having tea, a silkworm's cocoon fell out of the tree into her cup. While removing it from her tea, she discovered the fine silk filament of the cocoon beginning to unravel.

The Chinese guarded the secret of silk for millennia by executing anyone found guilty of smuggling silkworm eggs, cocoons, or mulberry seeds. Silk became the cloth of emperors and royalty and a great source of wealth. However, about 1900 years ago a Chinese princess who married an Indian prince is reported to have successfully smuggled silkworm eggs out of China in her headdress and then fed them with the leaves of Indian mulberry trees. The rest, as they say, is history.

I adore Thai Silk!

Patchwork and Sequins

I want this red handbag with patchwork and sequins
I want this red handbag with patchwork and sequins

My dream gift

I could almost weep just looking at this picture.

Stunning patchwork of embroidered silk with sequins backed on dark denim cotton. Brown leather and bead toggle, with brown leather handles. And of course, a practical inside zip pocket.

Another gorgeously feminine handbag!

Collecting Handbags

If only I could collect handbags!

Hundreds of unique handbags, from medieval pouches to contemporary clutches, delicate beaded reticules, bold metal ring mesh bags, rhinestone-accented velvet evening bags.

Bags in leather, silk, plastic and wood, each with current market values.

Make your own red handbags - Even cheaper than a replica

If you're handy with a needle and thread, here's some free patterns to download to make your own brilliant red creations.

Heavenly Handmade Bags

Wouldn't it be heaven to be able to make your own red handbag? If only I could, I'm not much good at sewing things but I'm certainly going to try an easy pattern.

This book shows simple bags that can be made in an evening to more advanced projects, Crafters of all skill levels will love creating and using these fashionable projects.

Exciting projects using gorgeous fabrics, threads and ribbons to create highly fashionable bags

How about you?

Whar do you think about red handbags?

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© 2009 Susanna Duffy

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      MissSweety 5 years ago

      I love red handbags :)

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      ThePerfectPresent 5 years ago

      I want the Birkin. Maybe in my dreams!

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      printabledolls 5 years ago

      I wear Furla handbags... The best for me

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      TheLeftFitz 6 years ago

      I don't have a red bag, but I really want one now! Here's a Lucky Leprechaun Blessing for St. Paddy's Day!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Red is my favorite!! Great niche lens! 5 stars for the Rocket Mom!!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Why not red? I like a red shoe sometimes, too, with jeans and neutral colors. 5*

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Very pretty bags!