"Carried Away: All About Bags," a book published by The Vandome Press with Hermes Paris, traces handbags in history and includes a lexicon of bags. Among the entries:
• Balantine. Based on the Greek word for purse, "balantion." A type of purse made of leather, fabric or metal, suspended from a long cord, which may be wound around the wrist or the arm. The balantine swings back and forth at knee height as you walk.
• Reticule, also called string bag, mesh bag or net bag. From the Latin word "reticulum." A string bag carried in antiquity as a container for provisions or tools.
• Serviette, attaché case or briefcase. From Latin "servire," which means to be a slave. A rectangular bag with a flap secured by one or more clasps, bellows to separate interior compartments, and with or without handles.