Mandalian Mesh Purses – by Wendy Dager

Mandalian Mesh Purses – by Wendy Dager

Mandalian Manufacturing, maker of 1920s-1930s metal mesh handbags, is a name often mentioned in connection with another mesh bag manufacturer, Whiting & Davis (est. 1876, still in business). Whiting & Davis was located in Plainville, Massachusetts, and its...
Winter 2024Newsletter

Winter 2024Newsletter

Dear APCS members,  Our newsletter, PURSEonally speaking Volume 9, Number 1 begins with an introduction to our new President Amy Bernstein, and two new Members-at-Large, Rochelle Coleman and Beverly Zeiser. A previous Member-at-Large, Vicki Schwager has been elected...
Perle fur Perle II

Perle fur Perle II

Sabina Schurenberg has written an important book on German and Austrian beaded purses, Perle fur Perle II. Perltaschen aus Munchen und Wien 1910-1935. It is now available. The cost, not including shipping, is 169.90 euros. It can be ordered through this link: ORDER...
Reuse and Recycle – article by Barbara Catanese

Reuse and Recycle – article by Barbara Catanese

Says Barbara: Even if I had been accustomed since my childhood to the idea of reusing, my wardrobe being based mostly on my cousins’ pre-worn clothes, I didn’t take much note of this process, as it was something perfectly natural to me.  When I became a collector I...
A History of Fashion Artist Maria Monaci Gallenga

A History of Fashion Artist Maria Monaci Gallenga

This fascinating article by Barbara Catanese highlights the life & history of Maria Monaci Gallenga.  Born in Rome in 1880, she became a forerunner of artistic fashion style during the Austrian Secession and the Italian Renaissance.   Read all about Maria: Flashes...