If you are a fan of wearable art, then you will want to know about this partnering of the Edie Parker acrylic clutch bag brand with legendary visual artist, Marilyn Minter, in the form of two stunning collectible hand bags
The Jeanclutch handbag (in white pearlescent with silver kiss-lock hardware closure) features the artist’sGlitter Mouth, while the Carolclutch (in nude pearlescent with gold kiss-lock hardware closure) features Minter’s Wet Kiss — two surreal and sexy artworks by the celebrated artist.
In mid-century America, molded Box Handbags like this one (circa 1955) were fabricated by the New York City accessory firm Wilardy aka Wilardy Originals, which embraced the increasingly experimental postwar design trend towards ‘scientific’ materials such as Lucite.
It has been said that an ‘it bag’ is only an ‘it bag’ if you’re unlikely to ever own one. Characterised by exclusivity, celebrity and exorbitant price tags, ‘it bags’ were first introduced in the mid 1980s, and by the early 1990s small bags emblazoned with corporate designer logos were the accessories in fashion-conscious circles. Glossy advertising campaigns, glamorous brand ambassadors and celebrity style icons, including Lady Diana, encouraged power-dressing executives with high disposable incomes to snap up these luxury wares.
While I was at Christies Auction House a few months back to check out the George Michael Art Collection, I decided to poke around a bit to see what other goodies they had ready to go on the block, and that is when I spotted this cute little Hermes bag with a face and arms, which I discovered is called a Kelly Doll Bag. The Kelly Doll is a take on the classic Hermes Kelly bag, but with little arms, legs, and a smiling face. The bag’s turnlock closure serves as the nose, and the arms are moveable, so you can even pose your doll bag if you’d like! Specifically designed for the SOGO department store opening in Hong Kong, these tiny bags measure just 6″ W x 5.5″ H x 2.5″ and are so rare that they can only be found at auction. Selling prices range from $25,000 to over $100,000!
You can read more about bags like this one at This Link.
While I was out west in California for the Christmas holidays, I spent a few days in San Diego, where I visited the historic Hotel Del Coronado, a luxury resort property that’s right on the beach. The Hotel Del, as it is known, has an amazing and colorful history that goes back to the late 1880s and it is arguably San Diego’s most famous landmark building. It was also once known as Hollywood’s Playground, so it is not much of a surprise that their gift shop sells all kinds of fancy stuff like this simply breathtaking Pink Lotus Blossom Handbag by Mary Frances handbags, which I would wish to own.
This special little bag can be purchased in the Hotel Del Coronado gift shop, online from Mary Frances handbags, or from Amazon for $298.00 (worth it).