Hardware has always been an essential part of a beautifully designed handbag. From Chanel’s signature CC turn-lock, Valentino’s pyramid-shape rockstud, Balenciaga’s metallic edge and giant studs, to Gucci’s mega chunky Sylvie chain detail, hardware is not only a functional necessity, but also accentuates the fun and uniqueness that can make a bag so iconic. Sometimes a bag’s glamourous hardware is a perfect statement that showcases your individuality and personality.
Now here are some of our favorite handbags with amazing hardware details.
GUCCI’S LILITH BAG
The most arresting detail of this stunning bag is the kingsnake head metal closure on the flap. This namesake bag is inspired by the story of Lilith, who in mythology is thought to have been the first wife of Adam and later, a demon. In addition, the beautifully crafted textured Kingsnake head has crystal stones set in the eyes. This design conveys a sense of mystery to this new Gucci bag.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN’S SKULL BOX CLUTCH
This signature clutch embodies the gothic motifs and savage aesthetics that Alexander Mcqueen has to offer in a perfect way: an exquisite skull clasp with crown and crystal eyes paired with colorful jewel embellishments all over the clutch. This one-of-a-kind box clutch is sure to be a stand-out at parties and events due to its fine craftsmanship and contrasting playfulness.
For Bvlgari, the iconic snake design appears on jewelry, watches, and handbags. The snake embodies the most bold and ancient symbol of mythologies of civilizations for this celebrated luxury house. This bag features a stunning Serpenti snake head closure crafted in black and white enamel, and the edges are embellished with geometric black crystal stones, which perfectly melds edgy coolness and timeless beauty.
The cahier bag is one of the most popular and chic pieces Prada has ever made. This animalier cahier bag features an eye-catching metal lion head on the front flap. Prada always surprises us by mixing things that seem so irrelevant and contradictory: cheap and chic, modern and vintage, high and low. This bag is no exception: a petite book-like crossbody with a giant lion head! It will be a head-turner whether day or night.
This historic Italian maison really has a way of staying contemporary and fresh, and one of the most successful designs they have created is the Monster collection. On this now-iconic 2Jours bag, the monster eye is made of shiny silver and red studs and is paired with printed teeth, which embraces humour and luxury all at once. The 3-D studs, unlike its other printed monster designs, gives the bag more texture and interesting details.
MIU MIU’S DAHLIA
We have seen a lot of designer bags that have a same name with a specific person, such as Birkin, Kelly, and Sofia Coppola. However, this Miu Miu Dahlia bag is named after the first female racehorse to earn over a million dollars! And this explains why it has a curved saddle-shaped structure. This striking piece has a giant multicolor crystal-embellished front buckle and all-over gold studs in different sizes. The combination of bohemian romance and luxurious detailing is an accurate interpretation of Miu Miu’s girlish feelings.