You may or may not know that the song “Handbags and the Gladrags” was written in 1967 by Mike d'Abo, who was then the lead singer of Manfred Mann. D'Abo describes the song as "saying to a teenage girl that the way to happiness is not through being trendy. There are deeper values”
It was then recorded by Rod Stuart in 1970 and the Stereophonics in 2001 when it became an instant hit.
I totally agree that there is more to life than fashion and bags, but I have seen grown women cooing over handbags as they would a new born. Indeed, I have been a cooer myself and remember the thrill of walking into Gucci in the 1990s and spending a small fortune on a bag and purse from my first pay packet. I now have a collection of bags from my everyday satchel to designer bags worth hundreds of pounds and each handbag is rotated depending on what I am wearing and where I am going.
So what is it that drives women to rant about Radley, or go gag a for Gucci? Why is it that men carry a wallet and nothing more?
I think we need to look back as far as pre historic times and that this “need” is something that is deeply sated in the female genes, it is traditionally the female of the species who have been the carers, the nurturers and the ones who look after everyone, show me a female and I will show you a handbag that has tissues, nappies, wipes, make up, food, laptops and pens, we seem to carry things to make the world a better place.
The last 20 years has seen an explosion in the “must have” handbag and bags are now the number one counterfeit product seized by customs. It seems that for some, the handbag has come to represent social status as well as taste and style. Bags are now given names – we have the “hobo” and “mitzi” as well as the coveted “birkin” which again, I believe lends to us being the carers, we are nurturing our handbags – how bizarre is that?!
Personally, I think a handbag can finish an outfit and the reason I spend my hard earned cash on an expensive bag is that it is something I will use and love for years. I still have my 20 year old Gucci handbag and it is still in brilliant condition and used on the odd occasion. I genuinely believe that Pixie will be enjoying my handbag collection in years to come.
So whilst the key to happiness is clearly not through handbags it is definitely something that can give you the “feel good” factor time and time again and in this day and age, that is no bad thing!
Peace and Love
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and longings for the latest bag are mine and mine alone.