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Women’s purses—an everyday accessory with style

A handy purse is a must-have accessory to keep your money and cards safe. Our designs combine practical compartments with premium-quality materials to create purses that look good and do good. Learn more about the history of women’s purses and which style is right for you.


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Women’s purses: essential accessories for all occasions

At MONA, you can find women’s purses in a wide range of designs and sizes. Choose between compact styles that fit in your pocket, roomy designs that fit all your essentials and modern purses in on-trend colourways. Why not pick a purse to match a particular outfit? Crafted from premium-quality materials, MONA’s purses are stylish and sturdy. They fit perfectly in your hand and are ideal for everyday use. As safety is key when it comes to purses, ours feature strong magnetic and press stud closures, or fuss-free zip fastenings.

Women’s purses throughout the ages

Did you know that purses were used in the ancient world? Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians would attach them to their bodies using a belt or string to keep their coins safe. Women’s purses were often ornately decorated and embroidered. Experts believe that purses have been around as long as money itself. The Roman Empire is known for its use of coins, and the design and size of purses that have been discovered from this era vary depending on the type of coins found inside. These early purses were usually made from small fabric or leather pouches and were opened and closed using a drawstring. Purses sewn inside belts were also popular with both men and women up until the end of the Middle Ages.

A well-known purse from the 16th century is the girdle pouch, which women wore around their waists and was traditionally made from cat skin. Over the years, craftsmen began to use different types of leather, but the round shape characteristic of this pouch remained popular.

The 19th century saw the invention of paper money and women’s purses were adapted with this in mind. They were redesigned with divided compartments for bank notes and coins. Nowadays, these compartments are also used for bank cards, identification cards and driving licenses, and purses are designed to carry everything a modern woman needs.

What type of women’s purse should I choose?

When choosing your perfect purse, you need to think about what you’ll use it for. If you’re looking for a purse that pairs effortlessly with eveningwear and adds embellishment to your handbag, try a design with elegant detailing. At MONA, you can browse a wide range of purses in bold colours with chic decorative details—think leather zips, contrast-coloured press studs and chic stitching.

Or maybe you’re after a purse to use every day and take everywhere? If so, a women’s purse with clever, closable compartments is a must-have. These designs fit comfortably in your hand and are crafted using sturdy materials that can usually withstand a bit of water—so your valuables will still be safe if you get caught in the rain.

Many women use also their purses to store small items such as photos of loved ones, stamps or an ever-useful trolley coin. Women’s purses with a mix of compartments that vary in size are perfect for this.

There are also a myriad of colours to choose from. At MONA, we love classic designs in muted tones, but bold purses in bright shades of red, blue or yellow are guaranteed to boost your mood. You can browse our women’s purses online and order your favourites from the comfort of your own home.

Cardholders—the perfect accessory for modern women

Nowadays, it is much more common for us pay in shops and restaurants using our bank cards, and every woman has numerous cards that she uses for all sorts of different things. If you’d like to keep all your cards tidy, a separate cardholder is a great idea. Whilst a classic purse often only has room for four or five cards, a cardholder can hold up to 20. Pop a cardholder in your handbag and you can easily reach all your cards when you’re out and about.

Matching sets: women’s purses and other accessories

At MONA, you can find small bags, cardholders and women’s purses in matching and complementary designs that will accent your outfits. If you’re searching for a new women’s purse, why not take a look at our other accessories while you’re at it? A new handbag is always an excellent idea. Our range of roomy shoppers are the perfect partner on a weekend shopping trip. Or make packing for your next getaway a breeze with a chic cosmetic bag.

Elegant, chic and above all practical—MONA’s collection of outfit-enhancing essentials will have everyone asking where you got your purse from.

Browse MONA’s range of women’s purses today and order your favourites online.


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