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Leave Your iPhone at Home, Because Tiny Little Sparkly Bags are Making a Comeback

The resurgent popularity of Judith Leiber bags is leading a return to a little bit of traditional glamour

I started to suspect something was afoot when Beyoncé got involved. Last October, Bey featured the Judith Leiber x Alexander Wang Show Me The Money Minaudiere you see above on her Instagram, as part of her look for a TIDAL event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The $6,000 Spring 2018 collab clutch sold out immediately, which convinced me of something that I didn’t totally believe when I saw the bag on Wang’s New York Fashion Week runway a month earlier: there might be real market among younger shoppers for Leiber’s tiny, clever little bejeweled clutches.

Since then, it’s started to seem like the bags are everywhere: Lupita Nyong’o carried one on the shape of a pineapple in June. Earlier this month, Kylie Jenner featured one of the bags in a YouTube tour of her bag closet, which got a zillion views. In that video, Kylie revealed sister Kim Kardashian is a collector of the bags, and a couple days later, Kim exited a party in LA holding a Leiber bag in the shape of French fries. I know this all sounds a little bit like I’m a conspiracy theorist connecting photos of celebrities carrying these bags with red string while the whole mess is tacked to the wall in my basement, but that’s basically the kind of detail-oriented psycho you have to be in order to plot the real rise of a trend.

There were non-Leiber indicators that sparkly little bags were making a comeback, too. Gucci, which is a trend machine these days, has been adorning bags big and small with crystals for several seasons now. Tom Ford’s Fall 2018 runway show featured a number of fully beaded bags, in addition to those with rhinestone-encrusted hardware. And Alexander Wang, despite having a hit-and-miss relationship with bag trends in the past few years, has a number of additional options slated for the coming season, including one that (again) Kylie Jenner was spotted carrying just a few days ago.

If you’re not into a hard-sided clutch, we’ve got good news for you: the sequins, rhinestones, beads and glitter have made their way onto a number of other bag structures that are a little more versatile and forgiving, and we’ve assembled well over a dozen of the best options below.

alice + olivia Shirley Large Clutch
$495 via Shopbop

Attico Tasseled Chiffon Clutch
$480 via Net-a-Porter

Balmain Mini Domaine Bow Bag
$1,795 via Bergdorf Goodman

Chanel Life Preserver Minaudiere
Price Upon Request

Christopher Kane Crystal Pouch
$1,195 via Net-a-Porter

Edie Parker Oval Bag
$1,295 via Shopbop

Gucci Sylvie Mini Bag
$3,800 via Neiman Marcus

Jimmy Choo Callie Crystal Bag
$1,995 via Net-a-Porter

Judith Leiber Boom Box Brooklyn Clutch
$5,995 via Bergdorf Goodman

Louis Vuitton Capucines Mini Bag
$7,050 via Louis Vuitton

Marzook Mini Crystal Orb Minaudiere
$3,620 via Bergdorf Goodman

Oscar de la Rentra TRO Bag
$4,990 via Oscar de la Renta

Saint Laurent Teddy Eyelet Bag
$2,550 via Bergdorf Goodman

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Rainbow Crystal Bag
$1,790 via Neiman Marcus

Tom Ford Natalia Animalier Crystal Bag
$6,850 via Bergdorf Goodman

Valentino Rockstud Spikes Sequin Bag
$4,895 via Neiman Marcus

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Lina Lee
Lina Lee
5 years ago

Some tiny bags with high price tag, what with that? I’m sorry, too much.

Sparky
Sparky
5 years ago

Junk

JH
JH
5 years ago

No, across the board. I could not hate that Show Me The Money Minaudiere more if I tried.

Bryan Lepe
Bryan Lepe
5 years ago

Ugh. No.

Bryan Lepe
Bryan Lepe
5 years ago

And the crystals on the Gucci bag are… crooked? I get that they’re done by hand but that’s not an excuse to look that way. We have rulers.. come on.

Jerri R
Jerri R
5 years ago

I don’t know what to think of the fact that $6,000 bags sold out immediately

Timothy
Timothy
5 years ago

Balmain…not balmian 😛

Daria
Daria
5 years ago

not really.

Passerine
Passerine
5 years ago

Actually like the Jimmy Choo bag best, for something sparkly yet not too formal. Not liking it enough to buy, though. The Oscar de la Renta bag is gorgeous, but the flower seems too much like a Chanel camellia.

Aliza Zibkoff
Aliza Zibkoff
5 years ago

I was never much for jeweled minaudière. With that said LOVE the Boom Box Brooklyn!

Finem Lauda
Finem Lauda
5 years ago

Hey binches I’m baaaack! Also, these are all stupid and I hate them and the trend lol

Miranda  Wang
Miranda Wang
5 years ago

Edie parker oval bag and chanel life preserver minaudiere are my favorite.
These bags are beautiful, they are just matching accessory like a jewelry, I am not going to call them bag.

Miranda @ kissprom.co.uk