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(Bag) to Basics

  • by The Attic Place

A glossary of terms used to described parts of a bag.

Source: Emily Blumenthal/ Handbag Designer 101

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HEIGHT:
Measured from the center top seam of the bag to the center bottom seam of the bag

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LENGTH: Measured from the bottom left seam to the bottom right seam of the front of the bag.

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WIDTH (a.k.a the Gusset): Measured from the front side seam to the back side seam

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Although sometimes used to describe the width of a bag, the GUSSET can also be used to refer to “the triangular end piece of a handbag that gives depth”.
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TOP HANDLE:
A type of handle not long enough to go over the shoulder, it allows the bag to be held in the hand and crook of the elbow.

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PIECE GOOD:
The material that a bag is mostly made of (e.g leather, fabric, canvas, etc)