This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Handbags aren't just for dancing around, posing with or for holding the detritus of your life, they can also make a statement about your love of all things literary. I've picked five bookish bags for your delight and delectation… Shall we begin?
1. Rather than using old books (the designer says she couldn’t bear the thought of ripping the pages from a book), these clutch purses use cotton fabric that has been printed with a book design. Handmade in Italy, the bags come in several different varieties including The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Picture of Dorian Gray. The purses have pretty linings, metal corners and a secure zip fastening. The Black Queen Bee book purse is £52.75 from Etsy.
2. If words like 'luxury' and 'designer' float your boat, then you may prefer Kate Spade's take on the book clutch purse. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens hides 12 credit card slots and a zip-pocket. Also available in a (pale pink) Emma variety, the bag features 14 carat gold hardware and a $325 price tag.
3. I must admit, black vinyl wouldn't usually be my material of choice, but it's very effective for this typewriter bag. Made from molded vinyl with hand-painted details, you can choose the colour of the typewriter keys when you order. $120 from Wendy Costa Studio.
4. Okay, so this isn't, strictly speaking, a handbag but it's so retro and sparkly and lovely that I bet you get away with using it as one… Maybe. Wonder Woman Logo retro washbag: £9.99 from Truffle Shuffle.
5. I couldn't really have a round up like this without including a tote bag. They're just so darn useful, and the only bag, really, that's big enough to carry a decent haul of books home from the library or bookshop without being so massive they inspire quesions of the 'are you going on holiday?' variety. This bold and pleasing cotton tote from Not On The High Street is £13.