It is difficult to say for certain who invented the handbag, as the concept of carrying personal items in a bag has likely been around for thousands of years. However, the modern handbag as we know it today – a small, decorative bag used for carrying personal items – can be traced back to the 14th century.
At that time, bags were primarily used by men and were worn around the waist or attached to belts. It was not until the 17th century that bags became more popular among women, and they began to be carried by hand rather than being worn on the body.
Over time, handbags have evolved in terms of their materials, styles, and uses, but the basic concept remains the same. The famous fashion designer Coco Chanel is credited with popularizing the concept of the handbag as a fashionable accessory, and she is often credited with the invention of the modern handbag.