Gloria Swanson

Evening bags: Precious cargo

Evening bags: Precious cargo

Evening bags have been a part of Cartier's history since 1906, when the first "jewelry bag" debuted, a gold mesh design known as the hibou (French for "owl") because of its unique owl-shaped clasp with emerald eyes.

Some of the most extraordinary bags were one-offs, single pieces made to order for the likes of the Duke of Westminster, who reportedly purchased a black, white and gold enamel tube-shaped clutch with the initial "C" enscribed in diamonds for his mistress Coco Chanel in the 1920s.

Those special creations continue to inspire even today. Cartier is building on the success of its Marcello collection of day bags launched in 2007 with a new...

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