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It’s in the Bag: What Purses Reveal-and Conceal

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It's In the Bag book. The time is perfect for a short, smart purse book  .

The lovely and engaging, charmingly reported IT'S IN THE BAG: WHAT PURSES REVEAL AND CONCEAL by Winifred . In the conclusion she states that a purse isn't going to change anyone's life significantly.

The lovely and engaging, charmingly reported IT'S IN THE BAG: WHAT PURSES REVEAL AND CONCEAL by Winifred Gallagher sheds light on what purses mean, their history, how certain ones become "IT" and how women relate to these objects in their lives. As a woman who never seems to have enough purses, I was very curious about what I would learn in this book and very gratified by what I found here.

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It's in the Bag is a short, lively look at handbags-their history, their lure . Richard S. Gallagher.

It's in the Bag is a short, lively look at handbags-their history, their lure, and their emotional meaning. Book DescriptionSet within a fictitious children's sof. т 1708.

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It provides an intellectual look into what makes an "IT" bag and why we covet them. Interviews from experts across the fashion industry provide insights to today's intoxicating purses. In detail chapters on the business and the making of an "IT" bag. "cartoon" drawings of famous bags and style icons provide a humorous mood throughout the book. Once again, for all you bag enthusiasts out there; this is a must read. Free Image Hosting by ImageBam. kellydior, Jun 23, 2009. by. Winifred Gallagher. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Tracey Gutierres on July 16, 2012. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

The time is perfect for a short, smart purse book. The "good bag" has nudged out shoes, jeans, and jewelry as the must–have fashion possession. Despite price hikes –– $1,445 for a Prada bowler bag that once cost $940 –– the craze for high–end purses helps fuel the booming luxury–goods market and, via knock–offs, hugely influences the $6 billion–a–year mainstream handbag industry. But purse mania isn't just an outgrowth of a strong luxury–goods market –– human thoughts, feelings, and dreams are involved, too. As Nadia, a high–powered interior designer says, "My cell and my big Tod's purse –– that is my life."

In IT'S IN THE BAG, noted journalist Winifred Gallagher explains it what means for a purse to be a life. This cultural history of the handbag borrows from psychology (Freud noted that sometimes a purse is a vagina –– which is perhaps why the first "handbags" were carried by men!), sociology (a purse as a "status symbol") and even economics (Why have prices gotten so steep?). Researched and erudite yet always fun, Winifred Gallagher offers in IT'S IN THE BAG a charming theory of modern identity as seen through one of our keenest obsessions.

Ranenast
I was teaching a workshop in which we looked at how we carry ourselves with us. I intended to ask a couple of people to empty their purses or bags or backpacks so we could see just what people carried with them and why. Winifred Gallagher's book was a great prep course for me to see just how much our purses/bags reflect both the times and our individual identities. You'll learn how men are now becoming conscious of what statement they are making with their fancy briefcases as well as what the Queen carries in her little purse. If you are someone with a a real attachment to your bag of choice, then you'll learn a lot about yourself from reading this little book. And reading it was sheer fun.
Kerahuginn
There are entire specialties of scholarly inquiry into the meaning of the things in our lives. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who researches humans' everyday lives and things shows that people " -- especially women -- particularly value 'contemplative objects' that have positive associations and represent dimensions of who we are" (p. 66). The lovely and engaging, charmingly reported IT'S IN THE BAG: WHAT PURSES REVEAL AND CONCEAL by Winifred Gallagher sheds light on what purses mean, their history, how certain ones become "IT" and how women relate to these objects in their lives. As a woman who never seems to have enough purses, I was very curious about what I would learn in this book and very gratified by what I found here.

Gallagher, who has written for the Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone and the New York Times, and has written books on spirituality, among other topics, takes her reportage on this issue just seriously enough. (In the conclusion she states that a purse isn't going to change anyone's life significantly.) But she does examine just thoroughly enough the historical context of the purse, how they are produced, who makes decisions about the accessories we carry (even when we purport not to care, we are carrying out the vision of someone, somewhere who does!), why women are attached to their handbags and the individual stories of specific women (such as Gov. Ann Richards, who designed her own for the utmost utility and attractiveness). She quotes designers, fashion directors, store buyers and purse connoisseurs and obsessives. She talks to everyone from French marketing research guru Clotaire Rapaille to Isaak Mizrahi ("You cannot ignore your hair or your shoes or your bra--those things you must, must, must come to terms with. But...your bag can be your totally functional friend or your amusing court jester" [p. 62].)

I found the chapter on why we care absolutely fascinating and illuminating. I remember a while ago saying to my husband, "What is it about purses that is so irresistible to me?" He said, "Maybe you just like them." But now I know there are ways to parse and understand that interest, which relates back to how individuals endow certain objects with meaning, which according to Csikszentmihalyi is part of an individual's necessary development of self. Purses appeal because they answer behavioral needs (or utility needs such as carrying the things busy women need on their long, demanding days), visceral needs (appealing to the woman both visually and tactically) and reflective needs (calling to mind something from our past that had emotional meaning for us, such as a mother's fine-leather handbag). We certainly know that we make more decisions on the emotional-subconscious level than we often admit. A purse that speaks to a woman on all these levels may cause her to plunk down $1,200 to $2,000 for a handbag!

I thought this book was completely enjoyable, and adds to the constantly evolving portrait we have of the contemporary woman. I recommend it!
Jairani
I was expecting more of an academic, historical and psychological analysis of the actual meaning that handbags (and personal items) have to people. The book touched on this BRIEFLY a few times. But, the rest of the book discussed brand/label history of designers and name dropped.

I was a bit dissapointed. If you're looking for a book on handbag design history, or light coffee table reading, you might enjoy this book. If you want to dig deeper into the psychological meaning that objects have for you, this book (suprisingly) will not do much for you.
Gir
I really enjoyed this book. My hubby bought it for me because I'm insane about handbags. I liked how she discussed the role bags have in our lives. It doesn't go into any large depth about things, just a fun overview.
TheFresh
Amazingly interesting how the handbag for women is now the equivelant of the wristwatch or italian sportscar for a man.
It's In the Bag: What Purses Reveal---and Conceal ebook
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Winifred Gallagher
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