It’s a Men’s World / Tassenmuseum Hendrikje

It’s a Men’s World


Age category-

Indication entrance fees

- Adults€12,-
- Kidst/m 6 Free, 7 t/m 12 €3,50, 13 t/m 17 €7,50
- seniors / 65+€12,50


11/03/2017 - 27/08/2017


Tassenmuseum Hendrikje
Herengracht 573
1017 CD Amsterdam


The bag makes the man – IT’S A MEN’S WORLD
in the Museum of Bags and Purses

Amsterdam, 28 February 2017 – From football stars and fashionable hipsters to businessmen and metrosexuals: today’s men need bags. If it were just a wallet or a smartphone, men could easily slip them into their pockets. But what about their laptops, their favourite gadgets or their sports gear? Nowadays, there’s a different kind if bag to suit every kind of man. Over the last few years, men’s bags have become firmly established in daily life. Although it seems a novel phenomenon, there’s nothing new about men’s bags. Historically, men wore purses and bags attached to their belts. But from the 17th century onwards, (liner) pockets made these bags redundant. As result, bags and purses were long considered to exclusively belong in women’s domain. With the emergence of portable devices, too large for pockets and generally in need of protection, the men’s bag has made an impressive comeback.

The unique It’s a Men’s World exhibition, from 11 March to 27 August 2017 in the Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam, is about the man, his world and his bag.

Fashion or Function?
Since, through the centuries, men have carried various kinds of bags, we consider the question of Fashion or Function? When does a man decide to carry a bag, and when are his pockets sufficient? A man’s bag is often intended to serve a function: laptop bags, backpacks, gym bags or bags with a built-in bottle opener. But today, a man’s bag is becoming more and more of a fashion accessory. Focussing on the themes of Hunting, Wall Street, Sports and Travel, we examine interesting prime examples of men’s bags and their accessories, complemented with inspiring contemporary designer bags.

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