Each minaudière clutch is numbered and signed by visual design artist Rob Pruitt and comes in a special calfskin box embossed with the Jimmy Choo logo
Have you been naughty or nice this year? Only Santa really knows for sure but gift givers can give it their best guess by selecting from two new limited-edition handbags by fashion icon Jimmy Choo. The whimsical panda minaudière clutches come dressed as either a devil or an angel. Only 14 of each style will be sold making it a one-of-a-kind design with a hefty price tag of USD $15,000 to reflect that exclusivity.
New York visual design artist Rob Pruitt is the man behind the sparkly bags. Company officials, impressed by Pruitt’s colorful pop-art style from the 1980s, tapped him to help with Choo’s spring/summer 2013 capsule cruise collection. They also tasked him with taking the designer’s signature panda and transforming it into a special line of handbags. The end product includes more than 11,000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals with a detachable gold chain shoulder strap. Each minaudière clutch is numbered and signed by Pruitt and comes in a special calfskin box embossed with the Jimmy Choo logo. Inside, it sits in a specially-designed leather bed that fits the specific size of the piece allowing it to be viewed as a wearable piece of art.
While the price is steep, Choo’s panda clutches are nowhere near the most expensive handbags in the world. That honor belongs to Mouawad who last February introduced the “Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse,” valued at USD $3.8 million. The heart-shaped bag was handcrafted from 18kt gold and includes more than 4,500 diamonds with a total weight of 381.92 carats. Later that year Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row put out a USD $39,000 alligator backpack. It sold out. Those steep price points are enough to make the devil and angel panda minaudière clutches look like a bargain.
Images courtesy of Jimmy Choo