Purses, like closets, hide things. They carry our stuff and are carried by us. They conceal the tools of seduction; lipstick, perfume, small mirrors, and face powder. They hold the weaponry against bodily oozing and tears—tissues and feminine hygiene products are often hidden in smaller inside pockets. Purses hold power, such as keys to unlock doors and money for purchases.
Purses also hold secrets. They are symbolical of that mystical and vaginal space externalised and refashioned in leather, fabric, or alligator skin. Their appearance, although innocuous, is a space of privacy and agency.