Designer Handbags – Glossary

Women's vintage desiigner Handbags at 2nd Take

The ultimate glossary for designer handbags

2nd Take specializes in second-hand clothing, designer handbags focusing on international labels from top designers and famous brands. We offer all kinds of authentic and exclusive designer clothes and designer handbags from Armani to Zara at a fraction of the retail prices.

We receive new stock daily and source the most exquisite items. If you are looking for affordable authentic designer handbags, look no further!

But which bag is for you? There are so many different types of bags out there (a woman’s dream, right?). Sometimes it can be a bit confusing keeping up to date with the latest terms for bags, so we’ve put together a bag glossary, so you can navigate the fashion jungle more easily. Hopefully you find some inspiration to pair your designer clothes and designer handbags.

To find out more about designer clothes and handbags terms, read on.

Designer handbags and Shapes

Athletic bag

This is your typical sports bag. It is a spacious and soft bag used to carry sporting equipment and clothes. It is usually quite large to accommodate all the relevant equipment.

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Backpack

As the name implies, you carry this bag on your back. It generally has two shoulder straps and lies flattish on your back. This type of bag is perfect for short trips and hiking.

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Baguette

This bag is long from side to side and small from top to bottom and usually resembles a French loaf. It is normally worn over the shoulder and comes in a variety of stylish colours and styles.

 

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Billfold

This is quite similar to a normal wallet, but it has a flat shape and is made from plastic or metal. It has a clip or slip in compartment to keep your money safe and secure.

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Box Bag

This is a sturdy bag with a square or rectangular shape, with handles made of a variety of materials like bone, shell or wood. The perfect evening bag!

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Match your designer clothes and handbags with our useful tips in our Fashion Blog.

Bucket

A spacious designer bag, shaped like a bucket, which usually has an open top and a shoulder strap. They are usually large enough to hold a variety of items.

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Camera bag

A bag designed to carry cameras and photographic equipment. They can be of square or rectangular shape with many additional in and outside compartments. This could save you money in the near future as it keeps your equipment safe from being damaged.

 

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Canteen bag

A round sturdy bag with a long shoulder strap, although it strongly resembles a traveler’s water flask. Cute and easy to carry around, perfect for those who have little to carry.

 

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Card case

A small case that holds business cards often made from materials like metal and leather to protect cards from being damaged or getting wet. Mostly used by business men and women to keep their business cards clean and uncreased.

 

 

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 Carpet bag

Typically used for luggage and made out of carpet fabric. A roomy bag which can be used to store bedding, sheets or small house hold materials.

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Change purse

A small purse which is large enough to hold loose change and is sometimes attached to the outside or inside of a handbag with a zipper, clasp or snap closure. It can be quite a stylish gesture when accompanied with other bags.

 

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Cigar Box

A box like shaped hard bag often comes in small sizes. Originally used for holding cigars, but has turned into a fashion item and is now mostly used as an everyday bag.

 

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Clutch

A small long bag with no handles, it is carried in one hand or tucked under the arm. It comes in a variety of shapes and colours to match any outfit. This is quite popular as an evening bag.

 

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  Find out more on how to pair your designer clothes and handbags with our useful tips in our Fashion Blog.

 

Convertible bag

A bag with a handle or shoulder strap, that can be tucked or folded inside, in order to turn it into a clutch. So you can change your look from day to night by either tucking in the strap or leaving it out.

 

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Cosmetic case

Varying in sizes and shapes, it is designed to hold cosmetics to keep it secure. It usually comes with a zip or clasp closure.

 

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Drawstring bag

A soft bag that has a drawstring opening with handles or a shoulder straps. It can be used by kids and adults as a hiking bag, gym bag or even a beach bag.

 

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Duffel bag

This is a shoulder bag that is long, horizontal and cylinder in shape with short handles or a shoulder strap and a wide opening on top. Normally used as a sports bag or travel bag.

 

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Envelope bag

A flat square or rectangular bag with a triangle shaped top flap that fold over like an envelope. This bag is often mistaken for a clutch bag, as it is quite small in shape, easy on the go bag as you can just slip your goods into the sleeve and carry with one hand.

 

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Feed bag

A drawstring bag, usually with a shoulder strap, shaped like a horses feed bag

 

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Field bag

A flap top shoulder bag with buckles, snaps or zips which often have several compartments. A very useful bag for any occasion, as it can be quite attractive. It can be used as a college bag to carry all those textbooks!

 

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Half moon bag

A bag shaped like a half moon, with short or long handles or a shoulder strap and varying in sizes, can be used to carry your laptop and books.

 

 

 

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Hobo bag

A large soft bag with a shoulder strap often has zip closures or extra pockets. It often is a crescent-shaped shoulder bag and often slouches when put down. Most have a casual look and compliments summer apparel perfectly.

 

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Kelly bag

A classic style made by Hermes and named after Grace Kelly. A large structured handbag with distinctive hardware closures which creates a feminine and elegant look.

 

 

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Messenger

A large shoulder bag with long straps that is normally worn across the body. It has various compartments and lots of place to store your things. It can be used as a work or college bag.

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Minaudiere

A small evening bag embellished with semi-precious stones, beads or metal pieces and covered with fabric or leather. Very attractive and easy to carry around and can compliment any outfit, it also comes in various shapes and sizes. Some are even available in star and heart shapes.

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Muff

A bag made of velvet, wool or real faux fur that has compartments and a slip opening for your hands, ideal for cold winter days and nights.

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Pouch

A small soft handbag that is often worn over the shoulder, it often comes with drawstrings or can be decorated yourself.  Perfect bag to just grab for a night out with friends!

 

 

 

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Safari bag

A small soft handbag that is often worn over the shoulder, it often has drawstrings or can be decorated yourself.  Perfect bag to just grab for a night out with friends!

 

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Satchel

A bag with a sturdy flat bottom and zips, flapped or clasped top with handles or straps. A come back from the 80’s and is quite popular today. It has a vintage look and just puts the finishing touch to any outfit.

 

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Shoulder bag

This is a very popular choice of bag. It has two shoulder straps and comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and designs.

 

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Swagger

A spacious framed bag with straps or handles, open outside pockets and a zippered or clasped top.

 

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Tote

Is generally a larger bag with an open top, straps or handles and inside compartments.

 

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Quilted bag

This designer handbag, popularized by Chanel, resembles a quilted piece of fabric. It usually has straps or long handles.

 

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Wallet

This is normally made of hard or soft leather, material or plastic. It often comes with zippers or snaps and has compartments for coins, bills and cards.

 

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Materials

Antique Leather

The leather has a smooth look, as it has been handled and crushed.

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Burlap

Is a coarse material used to make bags such as satchels and simple sacks.

 

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Calfskin

The leather is made from the hide of young cattle. Calfskin is great for the making of fine handbags, as it has a soft, smooth texture.

 

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Canvas

It is a durable material that is popular in backpacks, school bags, shopping bags, satchels and lots of other type of bags.

 

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Cotton

It is a breathable and durable material that is used to make a variety of bags, including handbags, shopping bags, cosmetic bags and more.

 

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Cowhide

It is the original skin and hair of an adult cow, which is unbleached and stays in its natural colour. It is then processed into leather when making bags.

 

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Glazed leather

This type of leather has a polished finish, but not as glossy as patent leather.

 

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Kip

Is leather taken from older cattle and it is not as supple as calfskin.

 

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Needlepoint

Is fabric that has a tapestry appearance. This ornamental fabric is used for carpet bags and other novelty bags.

 

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Patent leather

Is leather that has a high gloss or shiny finish.

 

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Peau de soie

Is a matt satin fabric, often used to make evening bags.

 

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Reptile

Reptile leather comes from the skin of reptiles like snakes, turtles and lizards and is used to make a variety of handbag styles. Reptile designer handbags have a scaly pattern and texture.

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Sheep or lambskin

The leather of a young sheep, it is often a very light and fine leather. It is dyed to all sorts of colours when used to make designer handbags.

 

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Silk

This is quite an expensive fabric, mainly used for elegant evening bags.

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Straw

This is a natural material of willow or rattan and is mainly used to make picnic baskets, beach bags or designer handbags. These bags are often hand-woven.

 

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Suede

Is usually made from the underside of a lamb’s skin that has been napped to produce a velvet-like finish.

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Velvet

Is a rich, lustrous fabric, often used for evening designer handbags, it creates a warm and elegant finish.

 

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Visit our online store today or pop into one of our Franchise stores to see what we have to offer you.

2nd Take is the largest consignment second-hand clothing retailer Franchise group in South Africa withboutique shops in Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein, as well as a convenient online store. 2nd Takestocks exclusive designer brands and high street labels, often not available for purchase anywhere else in South Africa.

For further information on 2nd Take, please contact us on 021 434 5878 or e-mail franchise@2ndtake.co.za.

 

 

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