We included a look at this clutch within last week’s examination of the beautiful bags of Chanel Cruise 2014, but we couldn’t bear to let this little beauty – the Chanel No. 5 Perfume Bottle Clutch – sit in obscurity within that gallery of images any longer. No, no – a piece this fun needs its closeup, even if it was already a standout in a collection full of great pieces.

Perfume bottle-inspired clutches have been a cute novelty item from brands including Lanvin and Charlotte Olympia over the past season or so, but no other brand on the planet besides Chanel can boast a product roster that includes both the world’s most iconic fragrance and one of the world’s most iconic handbags. Even though Karl Lagerfeld & Co. weren’t the first creative team to come up with this concept, it’s without doubt the apotheosis of the mini-trend. Rarely do I proclaim that a bag has been done as well as it possibly could be done, but I’m pretty sure that’s what we have here.

Cruise collections won’t be available for about six months, but for now, enjoy the photos of both versions of this little bag right along with me.

Chanel No. 5 Perfume Bottle Clutch Black

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