What’s the big deal about handbags, and why are they so popular? Handbags were originally designed for men and women to carry personal items before the invention of pockets and have been around for centuries. Grace Kelly once used a Hermes handbag to hide her pregnancy from the public. The bag, subsequently known as “The Kelly Bag”, became a sensation among the world’s elite. Jackie Kennedy was often photographed carrying her favorite Gucci handbags. Gucci eventually named one of its handbags after her. Expensive handbags have become status symbols of success and achievement and are at the top of the list for requested gift items.

Handbags are so much more than decorative eye candy for the arms. Handbags are our helpers. In our growing world of technology, many of us carry our office with us every day. Those of us who are moms and dads need more than the two hands we were given, as we are not just carrying items for ourselves but also for our children. Some of us find ourselves carrying around our office in addition to everything our children could...


We previously shared the stories of two young women in our Atlanta community, Mel Boteri and Emilee Riley, who showed tremendous courage in their endeavors. We wish them continued success.

Belle Marisse would like to spotlight positive and inspirational stories of women in our communities who inspire other women. Is there a woman in your life who has gone above and beyond to help others? Do you know someone who has had to overcome a great deal of adversity to achieve success? We want to hear from you! We periodically will be sharing stories on our blog of exceptional individuals who have shown exemplary character, determination, and perseverance in overcoming obstacles to become strong and successful. Belle Marisse would like to honor and share the stories of those women who inspire others and who are role models for women everywhere.