If someone were to tell me that they were going to design a bag based on an oversized jewelry box, that might sound like kind of a bad idea. Surprisingly (or not so surprisingly, depending on how much you follow the brand), Maison Martin Margiela was able to do so with a signature minimalist flair. The Maison Martin Margiela Jewelry Box Clutch might look like it’s supposed to hold a pair of very, very large diamond studs at first, but it’s really meant to hold your night-out necessities. Personally, I’d prefer the giant pair of earrings…

This little bag packs a lot of wit into a small package. The interior looks just like the cases that you get when you actually buy a piece of jewelry, as does the domed, sueded exterior. Not only that, but the design seems totally functional as well – it would hold anything that your average box clutch could contain. My initial reaction to this bag was somewhat dubious, but the more I looked at it, the more I warmed up.

Until, that is, I got around to reading the description of the materials. As it turns out, the exterior material isn’t real suede – it’s the same fake suede that covers actual jewelry boxes. Although that design choice perhaps scores another point for witty realism, if Margiela wanted to transform a jewelry box into a luxury handbag, the editorial decision to use real suede should have been made. With the fake stuff, the price just doesn’t seem justifiable. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1375.

  • baghooligan

    Add me on to this list…

  • Kailey

    are they serious?! over a grand for a giant ring box? those fuzzy boxes with the fake suede will rub off in no time!

    Aesthetically I like it, but no way will I pony up that kind of money for something like that!

  • whit

    i feel like some of his best works were a few years back, and i’m not a huge fan of his bags as i am some of his clothes which he’s more known for imho..and shoes…like the triangle heel booties/geo heel and the cut out boots.

  • Jen

    The handle is b-ugly too. I’d think that a nice chain handle would be better and really make you focus on the jewelry box as a bag concept.

  • 19yearslater

    The concept is very creative, and it did turn into a usable clutch. However, no, the price is not worth it.

  • eighty jane

    I like it, but definitely not a $1400 bag. Good idea re: the chain handle, Jen.

  • !!!

    love the concept, HATE FAKE SUEDE. it just feels soooo gross.

    i love witticisms of his bags, but come on!

  • Bagolicious

    LOL! The designers just have too much time on their hands and too little creativity. What a non-jewel of an idea!

  • dierregi

    The “Maison” is French so they are understandably very pretentious, in such a way only the French can be. Or, to put it bluntly, they’re so full of – French – s*&^

    • chrissyk

      I believe margiela is belgian!

  • Demi

    It looks like my jewlery boxes, so I’ll pass. I’m not willing to pay that much money on a bag, made of FAKE suede that looks like a box…

  • lowell

    margiela is a conceptual brand.the house can use 100% suede that easy but that will make the design pretentious and go against what the product should really be.

  • Naggy

    I just see a suede box, no real design. (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    definitely NOT well made.
    and no compartments? imagine your phone and keys swimming around.. urgghh.. terrible.. (ipad)