Where does come from?
Not to be confused with an emoji that is named the purse emoji (which is actually a small coin purse), the handbag emoji typifies a medium-size bag with shorter handles, as opposed to an over-the-shoulder or across-the body type of bag. The handbag emoji was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.
There is also a clutch bag emoji, which indicates some real interest in the subject on the part of Unicode! Didn’t know there was a need for all three!
Interestingly, the handbag emoji is sometimes mistakenly used to represent luggage.
Who uses ?
Fashionistas know the handbag emoji is primarily used in social-media posts and texts that refer to shopping and fashion.
But, it’s also used to express solidarity between women and to represent femininity, purchasing power, and bling.
👜 👒 London Fashion Week starts today! It’s a good time to learn some English idioms inspired by clothing and fashion.
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— BBC Learning English (@bbcle) September 13, 2018
Relaxing Afternoon…👠👠👜 pic.twitter.com/Llp3vYHMpf
— Vandevelde Solange (@solavandevelde1) September 11, 2018
Or maybe Nike should Sponsor me 💙 pic.twitter.com/HjdhbygtSQ
— Chasinggggggg 💰👜 (@BandzBaby_x3) September 14, 2018
Let’s not forget straight-out handbag love! Some of us just love handbags.
The emoji also makes an appearance at times to illustrate woman power, which may seem somewhat out of step with feminist thinking. But, hey, whatever gets the job done!
— Amanda M Potter Cole (@ampcideas) September 14, 2018
And then there’s … well … maybe a reference to “in the bag”? Emoji are totally open to interpretation, OK.
— Eddie Nketiah (@EddieNketiah9) September 12, 2018