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Handbags [Paperback]

Anna L. Johnson
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Book Description

31 Oct 2002
The only thing women love more than their shoes is their handbag. Same winning format, same obsessive style as the best-selling title Shoes. Handbags provides a visual feast of design luxury, elegance and witty novelty through over 900 full colour photographs and illustrations, and lively text. Anna Johnson, author of Three Black Skirts brings her charm and style to chapter introductions and captions as she reveals the trade secrets of designers (in great interviews) and capture the "It" bag that defines a period of decade.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (31 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761123776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761123774
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 15.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of the Purse! 30 Nov 2003
By Megan
Format:Paperback
This book has everything for the bag lover. it shows a range of designer handbags which are facinating to look at. It inspires you to start a collection of your very own and contains everything from evening bags to novelty bags. I highly recommend this book. It will have you flicking through it for hours and I often find myself refering back to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but somewhat lacking in structure 14 Mar 2011
By Seren Ade HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
On first impressions the cover is beautifully glossy and the thickness of the book is quite impressive. However, the book is only about the size of a postcard and (I find) quite awkward to hold.The photos of bags inside are plentiful and give beautiful detail - but I'm left with the underlying sense that the whole thing could have been so much better developed if it hadn't been presented in such a small format (effectively shutting down the idea of a series of photos of any given bag). Yes, this book will fit inside your bag - but then, show me a serious bag addict who doesn't own a shopper/tote that could accommodate a more regularly-sized book!

Inside the book, although there are subsections these don't feel selected for any logical reason beyond the fact that the author liked them. The text is fairly sparse, not particularly informative (other than when dealing with particular brands which the author seems to prefer - Hermes is clearly a favourite) and suffers greatly from the lack of an index - I'd like to be able to dip in to a book like this and cross-refer. There does seem to be a general bias towards American bags and a couple of favoured designers/brands... but then, what bag shopper doesn't have their own preferences?

Overall, a nice little coffee table book that's presented in a somewhat awkward format.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bag addicts delight ! 16 Mar 2005
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful little book all about handbags....and it's small enough to slip into your bag! Full of gorgeous photos of all kinds of bags, from the funky, fun type to the serious office bag and from the beaded extravaganza to the funtional tote. It also gives a brief history of bags and some background info on some of the designers. A handbag addict will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handbags 23 Nov 2013
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Lovely little book which covers the subject well.The colour photographs are excellent. A wide variety of handbags are described clearly.
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