Online Museum of Shopping Bags Gets New Look, Previews Sister Site

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Bagatelle, an on-line museum of shopping bags from around the world has updated its look and offers fans a peek at StrangeHosiery, its sister site which celebrates the strange world of hosiery packaging.

Chantal Thomass shopping bag, Circa 2009

This is essentially a celebration of things that were not only not meant to be celebrated, but were actually meant to be trashed.

Bagatelle, an on-line museum of shopping bags from around the world, has re-launched with a brand new look and lots of new shopping bags. The site, which features shopping bags from the 19th century to the present, also showcases exceptional business cards, boxes, and other ephemera offered by global retailers.

Initially launched in 2009 with just a few shopping bags, the site now displays over 200 pieces from the museum's inventory with many more to come. Highlights of the collection include a Macy's glove wrapper believed to be from the late 1800s, a collection of Neiman-Marcus bags from the 1970s, and a three-foot-tall Jean-Paul Gaultier shopping bag shaped like a Parisian advertising kiosk, circa 1992.

The museum's curator, known only as ‘Mlle Bagatelle’ on the site, explains the impetus behind the museum: "This is essentially a celebration of things that were not only not meant to be celebrated, but were actually meant to be trashed. I started the museum because I was drawn to the idea of appreciating the beauty in something so trivial.”

In addition to Bagatelle, Mlle Bagatelle has begun curation on a site called Strange Hosiery which she describes as “...an exploration into the strange and confusing world of hosiery packaging.” Launching with just over 20 pieces, she says she expects the site to grow as quickly as Bagatelle.

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