Stylish and Chic In the past, bags were regarded as something essentially utilitarian and were usually made of leather. But now it is very different. In the world of fashion, a bag is an important accessory, and has to be coordinated well with whatever one wears. There is an upsurge in the demand for designer and ethnic bags, and shopping for handbags is the next big thing if shops and shoppers are to be believed. In any case, jholas, pouches, shopping bags, water bottle holders and such other things, apart from being ethnically fashionable, also make for an eco-friendly statement.