Duffel bag, atletic bag, shoulder bag or satchel? Each bag seems to have a name for it, and unless you’re a certified bag connoisseur (if there is such a thing) it’s too easy to make a mistake. Let us help! Here’s an overview of different types of bags.
Athletic bag: a soft, roomy bag used to carry sporting equipment and apparel.
Backpack: a bag that lies across the back and is supported by wearer’s shoulders with double handles. You can wear it on one or both shoulders.
Bowling Bag: just like the name suggests, it’s a bag that was originally intended for holding a bowling ball, and which later became a fashion item. The one on the photo is by GG2g, an eco-friendly maker.
Clutch Bag: a small but long evening bag without a handle. May feature jewels, crystals, etc. The one on the photo is upcycled by Flor7 and available on Etsy.
Duffel Bag: A large bag usually used for travel or sports. The name comes from Duffel, a town in Belgium where the fabric used to make the bag originated. Duffel bags are sometimes called sea bags due to their popularity among sailors.
Hobo Bag: a roomy crescent-shaped, or just large, shoulder bag with a main compartment closure. The one on the photo is upcycled and available on EcoFashions.
Messenger Bag: a roomy bag with a long strap that lies across the body, winds around the chest and rests the bag on the lower back. Usually made of high quality, durable and water-resistant materials. We make upcycled messenger bags out of decomissioned fire hoses.
Minaudiere: A small ornamental case for a woman’s cosmetics, jewelry, or personal items that is often carried as a handbag.
Satchel: a handbag with a wide, flat bottom and double handles. Satchel can be large or small.
Sling Bag: a small bag with a long strap, similar to a messenger bag but much smaller.
Wristlet: a clutch shaped bag that comes with a leather or bracelet-looking strap allowing you to use your hands freely. This one from Ecoist.