Bag Lunch with Ilene Hochberg Wood


Enjoy Bag Lunch, a weekday lunchtime look into Ilene Hochberg Wood's expansive collection with the collector herself! Each day, explore a different selection of bags or particular designer.

Watch the videos here; a new video will be posted on weekdays at noon. 


About PURSEsonality

Spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, ranging in style from folk art, to contemporary designer to embroidered. Wood’s collection, which numbers into the thousands, is broken up into sub collections of 150 to ~ 600 purses grouped by material, aesthetic elements, and use.

Explore a timeline of handbags, representing the trends of each decade, displayed alongside corresponding fashions and paired with life-sized graphics from fashion advertisements that visitors can pose alongside.

Additional displays at The Kemerer Museum will consider themes of design, innovation, materials, the personal stories of previous handbag owners and eccentric designers, and the local artist section will spotlight bags hand decorated by local artists invited to participate.

The Moravian Museum displays will focus on a selection of needlepoint handbags displayed alongside examples of needlepoint from our collection.