MUSEUM OF BAGS AND PURSES
The origin of the Tassen Museum (the Museum of Bags and Purses) is a quaint one, beginning with a leather handbag found by Heinz and Hendrikje Ivo, decorated with tortoise shell cover plates. The bag, it was discovered, dated to the 1820s and so began an obsession that would see the pair collect over 5000 bags and matching accessories, attributed to a certain time within a 500-year period. Lovers of leather and embellishments take note, for this is the largest museum of bags and purses in the world. Visitors are treated to a complete spectrum of items, whether it be a goat’s leather belt pouch from 16th-century France, or an Italian 1997 Gianni Versace Couture evening bag, in striking lime green.