Why do women love handbags so much?

Why do we find bags so desirable?  Is it because it has the power to show how fashion savvy we are or is it a symbol of a woman’s earning power

From it’s humble beginnings as the little purse tucked into the folds of women’s clothes two centuries ago

to becoming one of women’s most desired and prized possessions; through the multiple socio economic  changes  bringing  about its own set of opportunities, with the modernization in the transport industry also contributing greatly to the  luggage industry introducing suitcases, dressing cases, hat and shoe boxes .

The way the right bag can make us feel goes far deeper than just being a way of carrying things around, leaving most women feeling naked  without their handbags.

With it’s progressive popularity, the late 19th century and early 20th century saw the appearance of the most luxurious handbag design houses, such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Hermes and many more.

As women gained financial independence, so  did the handbag industry gain great momentum making the ultimate 21st- century object of desire, for women from all walks of life.

Our bags contain a “survival kit” for daily life in the urban jungle – from make-up, money and keys, chewing gum, mobile phone, Ipads, leaving men perplexed about the complexities of what women carry in a handbag  mysterious and would never dare to invade its privacy.

For a true bag-lover, an iconic bag is about  finest traditions of pedigree, quality and craftsmanship, the appeal that it retains  decades later as it did the day it was first worn, all these put together are almost beyond price.

The most obvious attributes for a “it”  bag being the striking designs with clean lines , the handcrafted stitching on a the finest leather and  the combination of functionality and luxury  – be it,  Its  distinctive quilting, the handcrafted stitching on the finest leather, the addition of  gold chains, the distinctive underarm  baguette or the unmistakable  oversized padlock with added glamour, not forgetting it’s association with an influential personality and clever marketing.

 What about personalized handbags?

Gold Soleil International a Canadian startup, produces uniquely designed  high-end customized purses and accessories embellished with crystals, gold plated frames, and supreme leather; Clean lines,  glamorous yet  functional with great attention to detail.

Clients  custom design their own handbags and accessories with the addition of  a metal imprinted  monogram in the language of their choice and  a touch of carefully selected embellishments which is synonymous with  signature style.

Fatima Sarah the founder and creative Director of Gold Soleil International is a Canadian born educator whose  own personal style speaks volumes about her passion for style and sophistication.

Fatima Sarah’s love  and dedication to children combined with her passion and commitment to her  profession, has contributed to the establishment and development of a  CSR program into her business model –  a portion of the proceeds assists in funding  charities that provide education to underprivileged children in rural areas.

In conversation with Fatima Sarah, she shares her story with me

US: How did you get started?

FS: What started out as designing and making personalized gift items for friends and family, turned into Gold Soleil International. Unlike most people in this industry, fashion is not a hobby or neither my passion. I was never fond of brands but wore whatever I felt just looked good. Being a teacher in an international school, my first vision of Gold Soleil was creating a product that anyone could wear. Something that promoted diversity and was unique.

US: Did you study design at school or did the process come more organically?

FS: This surprises many, however, I am an elementary teacher and had no background experience in designing or branding or marketing. However, business was always a passion, I get that from my dad. I always took the top business awards in my high school because when I enjoy something, I give it 110%

 

US: What is your main source of inspiration when designing?

FS: Creativity is an enigmatic aspect of human experience; it is often difficult to identify what it is that drives this impulse and the elements that inspire any artist’s work. For me, I would have to say my inspiration was art, specifically Arabic art and calligraphy. Being a teacher in the Middle East and in Qatar where there is a lot of appreciate for art, that was my initial first push. When I started making my personalized items in Chinese, Armenian, Hindi, Bengali and other languages, the beauty of the different names and writing scripts have inspired some of my later designs.

US: Why Handbags and accessories?

FS: Back when I was in university, that is when I started picking up on fashion a bit more. I had a big thing for oversized handbags and clutches, but could never really find one I loved. They were always too small or all black. They were just boring. Clutches were not a big accessory at this time. I would attend weddings and events and never had a clutch that went with my outfits, so I wanted one that was pretty on the inside ad unique at the same time—it’s just something fun.

US: The aesthetic of your collection is quite understated yet elegant, is this part of your personal style?

FS: I find it ironic as well when I see designers who don’t really dress up and tend to be safe, also the same when I see hairdressers with horrible hair haha. However, Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld tend to reflect their brand or put some effort in their style. The beauty of Gold Soleil is each item reflects the personal style of the buyer, so it has nothing to do with me. The color, name, plating even shapes all reflect each individual.

US: What is the best part about being a handbag designer?

FS: If I ever like a bag style or color, I just make it! I also use my bags daily, which is important, because I want the items I make to be usable and not something that is not practical. The bigger handbags I use it daily and like most women, we fill our bags with a lot of things, so making sure it’s the right size and style is important. Same goes for the personalized jewelry.

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For more information on Gold Soleil International

Website: http://www.goldsoleil.com/

Email:  goldsoleil@gmail.com

Facebook: gold soleil intl

Twitter: @goldsoleil

Instagram: goldsoleil

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A South African currently living and working in Qatar always striving to contribute towards the “change” where emails will be short, love letters brave and every “thank you” note be hand written! As I move through life, I want to share my experiences - the interesting places I am so fortunate to visit, the amazing people I meet and the profound moments I am blessed with. When I am not working, you can find me watching Pretty Woman or Devdas for the 101th time, I watch obscene amounts of television without a trace of shame, surf the net, visit main stream or boutique hotels, restaurants and street food vendors, specialized coffee shops or the local karak drive through stores, High end stores to 5Riyal stores, Home Interior Stores or drive aimlessly looking for inspiration for my next post, the ultimate photo opportunity or simply write about what captures my imagination.

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