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The Charm of Handbag Charms: A Fun and Fashionable History

Handbag charms have become more than just an accessory; they are a form of self-expression, a way to add a dash of personality and playfulness to our beloved bags. From high-end designer pieces to quirky, custom-made trinkets, charms have captivated the hearts of fashion enthusiasts everywhere. Let's dive into the fascinating history of handbag charms and explore why they are such a beloved addition to our fashion repertoire.

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Charms have been used throughout history as symbols of luck, protection, and personal significance. In ancient civilizations, people carried amulets and talismans for various purposes. Fast forward to the 20th century, and these small tokens began to take on a more decorative role in fashion. The 1950s saw the emergence of charm bracelets, and it wasn't long before the concept extended to handbags.

Some of the original Hermès leather bag charms. Photo via TPFer @GNIPPOHS

Fashion houses like Hermès and Chanel played a significant role in popularizing handbag charms, transforming them into coveted accessories. Along with traditional leather charms, Hermès also offered annual Cadenas; which are metal charms that can be used instead of the standard lock. Leather charms were easier to come by because Hermès only offered one new Cadena per year. Since Cadenas are no longer made and were only produced for a limited time, they have since become coveted collector's piece
Hermès Cadenas by Year

Handbag charms are more than just pretty add-ons; they are a way to make a statement. Whether it's a sleek leather tassel, a sparkling gem, or a quirky figure, each charm tells a story. They offer a versatile way to refresh the look of a handbag, making it possible to adapt a single bag to different outfits and occasions. Furthermore, collecting these charms can become a delightful hobby, with each piece representing a special memory or milestone. So go ahead, explore the world of handbag charms, and let your accessories tell your story.


Looking for a bag charm of your own? We are always getting in charms and Cadenas. Click here to see what we have available. Or click here to source a specific charm. Need some charming inspiration? Watch this Instagram Reel.

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