A very popular style from 1930’s, this fashion accessory is adapted by everyone in their own style. It’s a women’s accessory, generally considered a jewelry piece if it’s heavenly embellished, intended to substitute the giant size evening bags. Its a small case which has compartments and allows storage for several items in a small space, such as a makeup compact, lipstick, watch, reading glasses, or keys. Since it’s so versatile and is high on space management, it is also considered to be essential part of the evening wardrobe, where you do not want to carry your giant size handbags for essentials. It provides the owner to carry along all her essentials at one go, and that too in such a small space.
It is generally metal plated and in an oblong shape, sized small enough to be held within the hand. It is done in metallic finish such as gold or silver but versions in fabric like velvet, silk and brocades are also available. The version done on metal is often embellished with precious or semi precious stones and pearls. The original version was done without a string or sling and was meant just to carry by hand, but now several versions come with a thin sling making it easier for anyone to carry it. It best goes with formal gowns and red carpet ensembles. In short it can be termed as a small decorative case for carrying small articles likes cosmetics, jewelry and other personal belongings.
Its invention is attributed to Charles Arpels, of Van Cleef & Arpels, when he saw Florence Gould, third wife of philanthropist Frank Jay Gould, toss several small, loose makeup items into a tin box.
The inside view– A rectangular box is designed like this from inside, and has small compartments for all the basic belongings. Keeping mobile, comb, compact, blusher, lipstick is super easy in this one.
Postcard Minaudiere– Legendary designer karl legerfeld postcard inspired Minaudiere with a chain sling.
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