The Story of … the Handbag

Karen de Perthuis, UNSW Under attack from a flock of killer crows, Tippi Hedren in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller The Birds, pauses to collect her handbag. It’s an instinctive gesture that many women would recognise. For a mere “accessory”, the handbag does a lot. It’s been called a survival kit, an investment, a precious object. […]