Handbag Descriptions

The following descriptions are available to help you in searching for handbags on the site as well as a guide to listing your own bag.

SHOULDER BAG

Any shaped bag with shoulder straps that doesn’t come under any of the other descriptions.

TOTE

Sometimes described as a ‘Shopper’, a Tote is a medium to large bag with two straps and an open top, normally a square shape.

HOBO

Similar to a ‘Tote’ in that this would be a medium to large bag with two handles – but with a closed top (ie zip or catch). A Hobo is normally a circular shape.

SHOPPER

See ‘Tote’

TOP HANDLE

Sometimes known as a ‘Grab Handle’, has a small handle(s) at the top, meant for carrying in the hand.

SADDLE BAG

Saddle shaped with a large flap opening on the side.

BUCKET

In the shape of a bucket, normally open topped with either a long or short handle(s).

BAGUETTE

Baguette shaped, long, narrow bag.

BOX

A rigid box shaped bag with a variety of handles (bone, shell, wood).

RUCKSACK/BACKPACK

Worn on the back with two long straps designed to be worn over each shoulder.

MESSENGER

A bag designed to be worn across the body. Has a long strap, with the bag resting at the hip or lower back. Normally has a large flap opening.

DUFFLE

A long, cylinder shape, normally has two long draw string handles attached at the top running to the bottom of the bag. Normally used as a sports bag.

SATCHEL

Medium to large, square or rectangular shaped bag with a short and long strap.

CLUTCH

Designed to be carried in the hand or under the arm, has no handles, normally used as an evening bag.

POMPADOUR

Small soft material pouch like bag with a cord draw string designed to be worn on the wrist.

BEACH

Designed for the beach this is a large and roomy bag. Normally made of plastic, fabric or straw. Long or short handles and brightly coloured.

HOLDALL

A large, spacious bag with long or short handles. Often used for ‘overnight stays’, weekends away or the gym.

FUNKY

Quirky style with a bit of PAZAZZ! Can be brightly coloured – ANYTHING GOES!