According to Wikipedia, a minaudière is described as ‘a women’s fashion accessory, generally considered a jewellery piece’ and ‘intended to substitute for an evening bag’. Made out of rigid metal in an oblong shape, it’s also made just to carry the barest of essentials, like a makeup compact, a lipstick and maybe some cards and keys. Which is also how I would describe the Proenza Schouler Minaudiere, a new addition to their online store (yes, they do ship internationally) that measures some 16.5 cm across by 12 cm in height.
Resembling one of those rounded-top mailboxes that were commonplace in early America or a vintage workman’s lunchbox, this one comes lined with luxurious suede ensuring nothing inside ‘knocks’ around too much and gets damaged.
Priced at USD2195, as much as it is pretty unique and sleek, I have a feeling this is something only die-hard fans of the brand will be able to appreciate.
Image: Proenza Schouler