Gorgeous handbags…with heart. Choose from our beautiful selection of handbags online because all profits go to helping Australian women in crisis. Most importantly, our stylish handbags make the perfect Christmas or Mother’s Day gift and give so much more! Want one? Check out our shop right now.
Our Christmas charity campaign “It’s In The Bag” is all about handbags filled with pads, tampons, personal hygiene products and little luxuries! We give these to homeless women, women in crisis and women experiencing poverty. We have created a truly special way to connect caring strangers with women in need, through a simple everyday handbag. Selling beautiful handbags online just made sense! Buy something special for yourself, a special gift for friends or family, or donate a bag to a woman who just needs to feel a little special. Every handbag sold online funds our vital programs. Buying our stylish handbags online will make a big difference in so many lives. Each bag is named after one of the remarkable women that our It’s In The Bag Christmas handbags has helped.
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The Jane Bag
The Jane bag is a chic black tote bag with long straps and top zipper. It features a zippered back pocket, multiple inside pockets and the signature Share The Dignity lining. It is a perfect bag for the workplace, out and about town, or for you to use for next year’s Christmas #itsinthebag!
We named the “Jane” handbag after a courageous woman who left an abusive home with her two young boys. They ended up in a domestic violence shelter on Christmas Day 2015. When Jane was given an #itsinthebag, she was overwhelmed that someone she didn’t know had given her a Christmas gift.
The items in the bag were things she never thought she would be without. It seems impossible that a toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, and a lovely scarf would be so necessary. When Jane checked the pocket of the bag, she found a $20 fashion voucher. She again broke down with gratitude. Once Jane got her boys to a new school, she took herself to the sales and bought herself a new dress.
Jane felt a million dollars in that dress – so good that she applied for a job, wore the dress to the interview, and got the job.
Need a little good karma in your purse? Buy Jane’s handbag online now.
The Paula Bag
The Paula bag is a large relaxed bag with a curved top and rounded base. Wear the long strap over the shoulder or across the body. It’s great for work, especially if you’re commuting! It’s also stylish enough for weekend outings. It’s also perfect for you to use for next year’s Christmas #itsinthebag!
Paula has endometriosis. It’s truly debilitating for Paula. Her symptoms are so bad she can’t work or even leave the house without assistance four weeks out of five. Therefore Paula spends every spare cent on sanitary products and trying to manage her condition. When we gave her a bag filled with toiletries, she cried to see that she finally had the bare necessities she needed. She had gone without shampoo or conditioner for months. She felt valued and proud of herself for the first time in years.
While Paula’s story isn’t unique, you can make a change for women with chronic health problems. Buy Paula’s handbag online now.
The Wendy Bag
The Wendy bag is a rich leather shoulder bag with a two pockets on the front and an adjustable strap. Wear the strap over the shoulder or across the body. It’s great for work, especially if you’re commuting! It’s also stylish enough for weekend outings. It’s also perfect for you to use for next year’s Christmas #itsinthebag!
18 months ago, our founder Rochelle took part in the Gold Coast Homeless Connect day. This is a special day that connects the homeless community with services they can use to assist them. It’s not just about information; there is entertainment, food stalls, personal care – all available for free to those who live in poverty and without a home.
Rochelle took a big pink plastic tub filled with free sanitary items to give to anyone that wanted them. After setting up near the hairdressing section it wasn’t long before a woman around 45 come up and sheepishly asked if she could have some. She had got her period that day and only had one tampon, one she had found on a toilet floor. When she was told that she could take as much as she needed, the woman – let’s call her Wendy, started crying. The knowledge that she could manage her period that month with dignity and comfort was overwhelming.
They got chatting and Wendy told Rochelle her story. She her two children had driven to the Gold Coast and were living in their car and that that was a much better life than the horror of the domestic violence she had lived with for 9 years.
Very naively Rochelle asked why she stayed so long and Wendy replied’ I just didn’t know where I could go, what I could do! The police had been to our home so many times.’ Sadly, a common story with domestic violence.
This sad and far too common statement led to Rochelle to an idea. Why not put the 1800RESPECT number on the inside of the tampon pack, men don’t ever look there but it something women sees once a month. Such a simple idea. We figured maybe a woman might see it once, ten times or a hundred times before they called, but at least, when there were ready. They would know just where to call to get the help they needed it.
Help women in need and buy Wendy’s handbag online now.
The Nadine Clutch
This amazing clutch comes in both Pink and Black. She is 33cm wide and 21 cm high, with amazing internal pockets ensuring that on your night out your coins, lippy and cards are all kept safely in place. Stylish and practical, this clutch will soon become your go-to for any occasion.
The Nadine is named after a lady who is one the lucky ones to have escaped domestic violence, and whom we’ve been able to help. Left physically and emotionally battered and bruised, Nadine received one of the generously donated #itsinthebaggifts and was overwhelmed by the kindness shown to her by a complete stranger. She told us that her #itsinthebag gift made her feel valued and loved.
Purse with a Purpose
Presenting our fabulous rich caramel leather purse. Its just the right size for all your essentials
It zips each side for coins or keys and even your phone, it has lots of card holders and a perfect back pocket to slip your phone in too.
The Gabi bag is a chic black bag with a detachable long strap and top zipper, a zippered back pocket, multiple inside pockets and the signature Share the Dignity lining. It is a perfect bag for the workplace, out and around town, or for you to use for this year’s Christmas #itsinthebag!
The Gabi bag is made from a good quality PU faux leather and is vegan friendly. Bag Dimensions are 32cms wide, it has a base width of 13cms, it is 27cms deep with a 50cm handle to base length. The shoulder strap is 1.2m fully extended enabling her to be worn on the shoulder or across the body.
The Gabi is named after a remarkable young women who generously donated one of the 107,000 #itsinthebag gifts in 2017. Except Gabi gave with a difference, just eh year before Gabi was homeless and without hope or dignity. She was a recipient of one of the 2016 #Itsinthebag gifts and Gabi speaks fondly of the kindness she felt in receiving a bag and thought that even with her limited budget it was important to give back.
Share The Dignity Bag Protector
Throughout the #itsinthebag campaign we have been knocked out by the thoughtfulness and generosity of your donations. We’ve had literally thousands of bags that were stuffed so full of goodies they couldn’t zip up. Your generosity gave us an idea – how about a bag for a bag?
Presenting the Share The Dignity Bag Protector. This soft drawstring bag has many practical uses. It can:
1. Be used to store your Handbag With Heart
2. Be used to pop your #itsinthebag handbag in – ensuring that your bag doesn’t lose any of your thoughtful gifts.
3. Be used by the woman who receives your gift, giving her a second bag to help as she rebuilds her life.
Buy your handbag online, and help women across Australia.
Share The Dignity has provided over 1.2 million packets of sanitary items to women living in poverty across Australia. We aren’t just “that tampon charity” – our work extends to schools, the farming community, domestic violence shelters and established charities. By purchasing one of our handbags online, you’re helping women across Australia to experience dignity and hope.