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A short history of pockets—and why women lack them.

What’s currently in your pockets? If the answer is, “I don’t have any,” then you’re probably wearing a garment designed for women; the fist-sized pouch of hidden fabric holds a surprisingly gendered history.

Imagine a world turned inside out—storage-wise, at least. In 1250 A.D. in medieval England, both men and women strapped bags to the outside of their tunics. As fashions changed, fitchets—slits in outerwear that allowed access to bags worn hidden beneath—became au courant.

  • Words:
    Katie Calautti

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