Clutch Obsession: The Chic Minaudiere

The Minaudiere—petite, feminine and usually synonymous with evening garb, is no longer this stylish little accessories’ definition. Historically known for their diminutive size and tough metal casings, these little LUX bags have been socially revered for their elegance and beauty. Today, the pint-size clutch has broken its stereotypical mold of evening only and has recently been fashioned for big style at any time of day. Of course, one can still expect to find high-shine and drama amongst the special occasion editions of these mini works of art.

What can the LUXista expect to find in the wild for day you ask? Designers have embraced this silhouette with passion by serving up a multitude of redefined versions in the offerings of embossed leathers, snakeskin and rocker chic, metal stud embellishment. Keep your eyes peeled for interesting materials like fur, wood and bezel-set raw crystals. And for something on the unique side, whimsical dramatic prints can be hunted.

Below are some samplings of this HAUTE trend in handbags for S/S ‘10.

The Unique:


Skull Clasp Clutch

Show off your edgy side with Alexander Mcqueen’s Skull Clasp Clutch. This minaudiere features silver crocodile-print leather with black crystal-embellished skill fastening.


Cupcake Crystal-Embellished Clutch

This multicolored cupcake clutch by Judith Leiber is so adorable we wish we could take a bite. The clutch is covered in crystal embellishments and features a gold tone clasp and chain.


Bean-Shaped Hard Clutch

This bean-shaped clutch by Emilio Pucci is a standout piece. The hard clutch is made of navy plexi glass with a pyramid stud finish.


Ganesh Fine Crystal-Embellished Clutch

Judith Leiber’s hand-painted multicolored Ganesh clutch is truly a one of a kind piece. The minaudiere is encrusted with hand-placed fine crystals and will add glamour and decadence to any outfit.



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Show off your wild side with Jimmy Choo’s colorful leopard printed patent leather clutch. Make a bold statement with this chic minaudiere.


Leah Minaudiere

This fun woven clutch by Elaine Turner with chic hardware makes a perfect handbag for spring. The fuchsia minaudiere has a structured body with a white patent trim and a vibrantly colored lining.


Fling Stud Clutch

We are lusting after Rebecca Minkoff’s neon patent Fing Stud Clutch. The edgy clutch features pyramid studs, snake-chain strap and hinged closure.


Small Enamel Minaudiere

We love this enamel minaudiere clutch by Cole Haan. The beautiful clutch features optical weave patterns in fuchsia, red, and purple with stunning gold detailing.


Sasha Minaudiere

Be prepared for spring with the Sasha Minaudiere by Rafe New York. The unique clutch features laser cut leather over a metallic leather body.



Punched Hole Clutch

Add some glamour to your cocktail dress with this stunning Stella McCartney clutch. The minaudiere features gold-tone punched hole hard exterior. The sleek clutch is a chic way to carry your evening essentials.


Bee-Line Clutch

Judith Leiber adds a twist to the classic black clutch by adding gorgeous honeycomb cut-out detail. The black leather minaudiere features clear Austrian crystals and silver-plated brass hardware. This bag will have you buzzing!


Snake-Embossed Minaudiere

This glamorous snake-embossed leather clutch by Inge Christopher is the perfect evening accessory. The boxy design and oversized Swarovski crystal embellishments will look perfect with your best evening dress.


Marquis Celebration Overture

This fully beaded minaudiere by Judith Leiber is an updated classic. The clutch features jet marquise and multicolor pave Austrian crystals.

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