Admire our unique designs as they bring out the best in this remarkable material.
See how functionality still stays top of mind with adjustable straps and convenient interior pockets. Whiting designs the first mesh bag, with all rings formed and joined by hand.
At Whiting & Davis we’ve been joining little metal tiles into shimmering sheets of possibility since 1876.
Fashion trends are changing all the time; one thing that has remained constant is the glamour of a Whiting & Davis handbag. Delight in the luxurious feel of top quality brass metal mesh.
We believe beauty goes beyond the surface – it’s why we created Charity Hearts, our line of minaudière handbags supporting a number of charities close to our hearts. Inspired by seasons past and present, we are tirelessly conceiving new styles. 1920s Whiting & Davis’ beautiful, high quality purses are coveted accessory of flappers, actresses and “well dressed women everywhere.” Through automation and advertising, the company expands its reach, becoming, and remaining to this day, the world’s leading mesh handbag manufacturer.
In the teens and early ‘20s, Whiting & Davis bags are made of small precious metal rings and are unpainted for the most part, their striking designs coming from a mixture of metal colors, artfully joined rings and metal fringe.
Charles Whiting made the first mesh bag for the new Whiting & Davis Company in 1892.Charles Whiting, first hired as an errand boy by Wade, Davis & Company in 1876, worked his way into management and eventually became a partner in the firm in 1886.The company name was changed at that time to Whiting & Davis.Smooth, sleek and silky, our handbags move with grace and fluidity. By 1912 a machine is invented to automate the mesh making process.They capture the light, they capture the eye, they capture hearts. 1876 In 1876, Wade Davis & Company, the precursor to Whiting & Davis, is founded by William H. 1896 Charles Whiting joins the company in 1880 at age 16 and swiftly moves up the ranks to management. Davis form a partnership and raise the money to purchase the company, renaming it The Whiting & Davis Company.By the end of the ‘20s, flat Armor mesh painted in bold Deco designs and Dresden mesh, with its tiny rings silkscreened by hand in dreamy Impressionistic shades, take center stage.