Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses

A Collector’s Dream in Amsterdam

16th August 2011 Amsterdam abounds with majestic museums – Rijksmuseum, The Van Gogh, Hermitage Amsterdam – just to mention a few. The newest addition to this gilded list is “art” of a different kind – a stunning bag museum. The Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses opened in 2007, in a magnificent canal house on the Herengracht.  The exclusive, unique collection of 4000 bags is a fascinating testimony to social history, and how styles in fashion and art have influenced bags throughout the centuries.  Finding the bags has been a passion for Hendrikje Ivo, antique dealer and collector, who discovered her first bag in England over thirty-five years ago.  What started as her personal fascination has become an iconic museum in a luxurious canal house, that was once a private home.  From the 16th century through to the fashionista labels of Chanel to Prada, Hermès and Judith Leiber,(her cupcake bag shown above) the bags will enchant, amuse and delight.  I’ve visited several times, and always find new discoveries.  The Tassen Museum is “it” for bag lovers! JG www.museumofbagsandpurses.com

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