The post-war boom brought with it a new informality in fashion. While baskets and novelty shapes suited both the optimism of the 1950s and the flower power of the 1960s, formal, classy, coordinating leather bags were still a necessity.

Perhaps the 1950s’ greatest legacy to handbag design was the Lucite bag – a plastic box bag that came in myriad colours and designs. After years in the style wilderness, these masterpieces of modern design are now appreciated and collected as icons of their time.