A handbag, or purse in American English, is a handled medium-to-large bag that is often fashionably designed, typically used by women, to hold personal items such as wallet/coins, keys, cosmetics, a hairbrush, pepper spray, cigarettes, mobile phone etc.A medium-to-small-sized handbag with a short handle, designed to be carried (clutched) in one's hand, is often called a clutch which is similar to a pocketbook.
A larger handbag with two handles is often called a tote.
A security bag protects the carrier from travel theft and includes an invisible stainless steel strap sewn into the fabric and a protectant on the main zipper.
Types of handbags
Crocodile skin handbags in a conservation exhibit at Bristol Zoo, England
Clutch, a small, yet long (rectangular), evening bag without a handle
Satchel, a soft-sided case usually of leather, used to carry papers or books; usually has a handle and often has a strap
Duffle bag, a large bag usually used for travel or sports
Tote, a medium to large bag with two straps
Messenger bag, a bag with a long strap to be worn across the body
Sling bag, a bag with a long strap (similar to a messenger bag), yet smaller
Laptop purse, a medium to large bag that contains a padded interior compartment or sleeve for protecting a laptop computer.
Camera bag, to carry photographic equipment
Cosmetic bag, to hold cosmetics
Half moon bag, a bag shaped like a half moon
Muff, a winter bag made of real or faux fur, wool or velvet that has zippered compartments and a slip opening for hands
Shoulder bag, a bag with a shoulder strap
Clutch bag-Alexander McQueen
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