Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Minaudiere or The Evening Bag

Louis Vuitton Minaudiere

I found out something interest today. I found out what a minaudiere is and their origins. Actually a minaudiere is an evening bag or what I refer to as an evening bag today. It is a small elongated case that can be held in your hand. It usually has a metal frame or is made entirely out of metal. This case is usually decorated with designs or precious and/or semi-precious stones. This sounds like an evening bag to me.


The invention of the minaudiere is attributed to Charles Arpels of Van Cleef & Arpels back in the 1930s. It was soon featured at all the best design houses and everyone had their own unique design. Many still consider a minaudiere to be a jewelry piece since they can be made of gold plate and precious gems. Nowadays there are many more inexpensive models so the rest of us can enjoy a little bit of luxury with our evening out.

Most minaudiere designs still keep the metal frame. I like this because it adds durability to the piece. They all still sparkle and shine but the exterior don’t always have to be gemstones. Some are covered with fabric or leather. A lacquered exterior can also add color and interest. While I enjoy the idea of a minaudiere encrusted with pearls, I worry that I might abuse them and come home missing a pearl or gemstone. It is something you hold in your hand or swings from a chain or wrist attachment after all.


We carry a few different varieties in our on-line store. I personally like the gold metal mesh bag. The design is simple and will go with a variety of outfits. This makes it easy when you’re traveling as you don’t have to have multiple evening bags to go with multiple outfits. So the minaudiere has been around for a long time and has changed with the times. To some a minaudiere is a jewelry piece, to me it’s an essential fashion accessory.

Leather exterior and bejeweled brass knuckle style clasp

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