Backpack a bag that is supported by the shoulders with double handles and lies across the back.

Backpacks are supported on either one or both shoulders.


Barrel a handbag with a long cylinder shape that resembles a barrel.


Billfold a flat wallet with a clip or slip-in compartment, which holds bills.


Box a rigid bag shaped purse, square or rectangle in shape, with a variety metal, bone, shell or wooden handle.



Bucket a roomy bag shaped like a bucket, usually has an open top and shoulder strap.


Calfskin leather made from the hide of young cattle. Calfskin has a soft, smooth texture which makes it desirable for making fine handbags.



Canvas a durable, somewhat water resistant material that is popular in backpacks and school bags.


Card case a hard case typically the perfect size and shape to hold business cards.


Carpet bag a large satchel-like bag, typically used for carry-on luggage and made out of carpet fabric.


Change purse a small purse just large enough to hold loose change. Maybe attached to a handbag; closes with a zipper, clasp or snap.


Clutch a bag with no handles that must be carried clasped in one hand or under the arm. a handbag without straps or handles that must be held or clutched by you.Clutches are usually small evening bags, and were popularized during the 1950's


Computer bag or iPad bag a purse usually a tote or shoulder bag specially designed to carry a laptop and its accessories.


Convertible bag a bag with a handle that can be tucked or folded inside, in order to turn it into a clutch.


Cosmetic case bags of varying sizes and shapes with a zip closure lined to hold cosmetics.


Cowhide leather made from adult cattle.


Drawstring a soft bag with a gathered drawstring closure. The drawstring, once synched, may form into purse straps or have a separate strap.


Duffel typically a bag that is long, horizontal and cylinder in shape with short handles. A large bag made of cloth. Duffle bags are typically used to carry atheletic equipment or as casual luggage.


East/west describes a bag that is longer than it is tall. See also north/south.


Envelope a flat, square or rectangular bag with a triangle -shaped top flap that folds over like an envelope.


Feed bag a drawstring bag, usually with a shoulder strap, shaped like a horses feed bag; also referred to as a bucket bag.


Flap Bag a purse that features a a folding flap closure.


Flight bag used by passengers and crew to carry on belongings aboard a plane, often has a flight insignia and used rather then a tote bag.


Glazed leather has a polished finish but not quite as high gloss as patent leather.


Half moon bag any bag shaped like a half moon, with or without a handle of various sizes.


Hobo bag a soft, large bag that has a zip top and shoulder strap. Tends to crunch down when carried or laid down.


Messenger bag a unisex shoulder bag designed to be worn across the shoulders. While a now a fashion accessory, they were designed to have the functionality of a back-pack. Messenger bags are named after bags originally used by couriers and the post office.


North/South a bag that is taller than it is wide. See also east/west.


Patent leather an extremely high gloss type of leather finish.


Pouch a gathered or straight bag evening bag.


Reptile skins from snakes, turtles and lizards used to make handbags. Reptile is distinguishable by its scaly pattern and texture. Many laws protect endangered reptiles whose skins are used to make illegal bags.


Satchel a bag with a wide, flat bottom, zippered or clasped top, two handles or straps. The satchel style was inspired by a piece of luggage and can be various sizes such as the doctors bag. Satchel: n. a bag with a wide, flat bottom, zippered or clasped top, two handles or straps. The satchel was inspired by the shape and utility of luggage and comes in a wide variety of sizes.


Sheep or lambskin light fine grain leather used to make imported bags.


Shoulder bag any bag with a shoulder strap.


Sling Bag are like backpacks with one strap and are designed to be carried on one shoulder.


Suede a treatment applied to the flesh side of a skin to produce a napped, velvet-like finish.


Top Grain Leather the top layer of leather (leather is split into multiple layers before it is used).


Tote a bag inspired by a shopping bag, which is sturdy and rectangular with an open top and two strap handles. The inside may have zip compartments. a bag designed as a carryall. Totes are usually sturdy and rectangular in shape, with shoulder straps and a wide top opening. Totes are similar to shoppers.


Quilted bag is quilted in texture and typically has a chain strap or handle.


Wallet hard or soft , with zippers or snaps, has compartments for coins, bills, credit cards, etc.


Wristlet a clutch with a bracelet-like strap so that the bag can be carried hanging from your wrist.