The handbag as a status symbol is not a new phenomenon; indeed the handbag started life as a working bag carried by artisans and street sellers of both sexes with the construction and embellishment of the bag strongly linked to social status.
If a woman requires something from her handbag a male partner will simply bring the handbag and not dare go inside. Is this simply laziness on the men’s behalf? We think not.
However it is not solely about image it is also about femininity.
Handbags are seen as exclusively feminine to the point where they are almost sacrosanct and men (bless their little hearts) generally speaking are pretty terrified by anything that’s is surrounded in aura of female mystery.
The handbag represents an ultimately feminine domain.