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Big trend in women’s handbags
http://www.fashionnewspaper.com/articles/715/1/Big-trend-in-womens-handbags/Page1.html
By Yvonne Yu
Published on 11/13/2008
 

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The latest trend in women’s handbags is stronger, larger designer bags that can handle the increased weight women carry in their purses. All the gadgets women haul in their bags today—cell phone rechargers, iPods and PDAs, to name just a few—have increased average purse weight to five pounds. That’s an increase in 38 percent over the past five years, and the weight of women’s handbags is expected to increase another 20 percent during the next decade.

Consequently, purses have to be larger to handle the increased bulk. In response, 2008 is seeing a trend toward larger shoulder bags such as tote bags with open tops and straps or handles. “Messenger bags”—large, soft, long-strapped shoulder bags worn across the body—are also growing in popularity.

In addition, straps have to be more durable to handle the increased weight, and designers are adding durable stitching to make bags more rugged and manage the larger loads.

Another related trend is compartment-style bags, with tailor-made pockets in different shapes and sizes to help organize the clutter.