Minaudières

Minaudières

A Minaudière (minnow-dee-air) typically holds a phone, lipstick, Kleenex, pen, keys, wallet and a comb. 

• Repurposed from a vintage silk Japanese Obi
• Small enough to hold in one hand
• Hard-sided with a gold or silver hinged metal frame
• Dimensions: 7 1/2” x 4 1/2” x 1”.   
• Silk shantung lining 
• Versatile ... use as clutch or wristlet
• Gold or silver metal chain included
• Handcrafted in the USA

Minaudières first appeared in the 1930s. 
The house of Van Cleef & Arpels is credited with their creation. It is said inspiration came to Charles Arpels when a wealthy socialite was seen to have tossed several small, loose makeup items into a tin box.  Since then, many jewelers & haute couture designers have created their own models.  

(The purse shown above is model B001, "Gold Grass")