The year: 1996. The bag: The mini-backpack.
In the November 1996 issue of Seventeen, editors took a stab at putting together bags representing each Friends character. Let's take a look at what they thought each lady might carry...
Monica: A Filofax, Sony Sports Walkman, and paperclips.
Phoebe got a fleece mini-backpack filled with a funky address book, a corduroy pouch, and cat hair clips (yes, please!).
In Rachel's hot pink Kipling (remember those?) backpack, she would pack a furry pencil, cartoonish hair clips, and an "I <3 Ross" necklace? Hmm.