Twist locks, snaps and buckles can be more than just ways to keep a bag shut---the closures can also add style and flair. Accessory designers can choose from bold metal buckles, which can showcase their logos, to discreet magnetic snaps that blend seamlessly with the bag's design. Additionally, closures are often available in a plethora of finishes, including glittering rhinestones and treated metals.
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One of the more common bag closure is a twist lock, which can be found on many bag styles--from small purses to briefcases. This simple device has a male and female part, which secures the bag's opening. The male part can be square or rectangular and is usually slid through a hole in the top of the bag's flap (the female part) and twisted. Since the twist lock closure is visible, the hardware can be available in various finishes and embellishments--from brushed metal to rhinestones. Additionally, some designers emboss or engrave special locks to include the brand's logo into its design.
Another visible closure is the buckle, which is often used with the aid of a strap to close the bag. The strap can sling over the bag's opening or can help affix the flap to the bag's body. Buckle designs are available in a myriad of styles, from contemporary to antique, and can be engraved or embossed to suit the style. Buckles are often used to close stylish messenger bags, cross body and hobos.
Magnetic closures are comprised of the positive and negative sides, which, like any magnet, attract and keep the bag shut. The magnets can give extra reinforcement to a snap closure, or flat magnets can be sewn between the bags outer fabric and lining, making it completely invisible. This closure is often used to secure flaps on envelop clutches or external pockets. Some magnetic closures have an embellished tops, which can be riveted to the outside of the bag, and thus make the closure more visible.
Sewn into the mouth of a pouch, the spring closure snaps flat to close the bag. The closure is often made of two parallel plastic strips that are held together by expandable hinges. These corners can be pushed together to expand the bag's opening, and the bag shuts by pushing the two parallel bars together. The closure is placed in between the outer fabric and the bag's lining, hidden from view. This style of closure can work well with bags that are designed to lie flat, including clutches and hobos.
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