Clutch by Karl Lagerfeld | Museum of Bags Amsterdam

Clutch by Karl Lagerfeld

Patent leather clutch with image of Coco Chanel and text Just a drop of N◦ 5, Chanel, France, 1990-2000
Patent Leather
Coco Chanel

The French couturier Paul Poiret is generally considered to be the first fashion designer to create a perfume.

Poiret, one of Coco Chanel’s greatest rivals, introduced ‘Parfums de Rosine’ in 1911. The perfume notably carried his daughter’s name in place of his own. Coco Chanel, in contrast, placed her own name prominently on every bottle when her now legendary perfume ‘No 5’ made its debut in 1921. Both the scent and the packaging have become iconic. This patent-leather clutch is decorated with a cartoonesque image of Coco Chanel.


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