MU­SEUM OF BAGS AND PURSES

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Am­s­ter­dam

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.

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