If Purses Are Your Bag

The next time you’re in Seoul, between marathon shopping and chowing down on samgyupsal, make sure to find some time to visit the Simone Handbag Museum, which opens next month in the Gangnam district. A collection of over 300 historical handbags from the 16th century to the present, the museum is the passion project of veteran handbag producer Kenny Park, who wanted to create a permanent – and quite detailed – archive for the most ubiquitous of women’s accessories. He hired Judith Clark, renowned curator of fashion history exhibitions, to organize the collection. Clark spent the last two years with a team of academics and curators excavating various types of handbags from all over the world for the museum and a corresponding book, published by Yale University Press.




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