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Modjewel: A Gem for Minimalist Bag-Lovers

Models   Vanessa E'voen   (left) and   Kelsey Evenson   (right) demonstrate Modjewel's easy-to-use interchangeable faceplates.

Models Vanessa E'voen (left) and Kelsey Evenson (right) demonstrate Modjewel's easy-to-use interchangeable faceplates.

Showing: Cherry Leather cover, Silver Leather cover, and Rose Trapezoid clasp

Showing: Cherry Leather cover, Silver Leather cover, and Rose Trapezoid clasp

Ladies, do you remember Modjewel?? Gorgeous founder Eliana Ghantous was featured here on Catching Rae back in March, and with the line of high-end modular handbags officially launched and available to the public, I was recently invited to style a Modjewel lifestyle photoshoot! Let me tell you, I could not wait to get my hands on these babies so that I could tell you all about them.

I had already fallen in love with founder Eliana's concept before laying eyes on the designs, and the bags did not disappoint. Every single design option looks cheerful, elegant, and feminine without being at all twee, childish, or gimmicky. All too often, intriguing concepts fall flat when it comes to the final product - many end up garish, over-designed, or flat-out flimsy - but the Modjewel line is as pretty as it is practical.

As you can see in the cover photo, Modjewel bags consist of an inner base, interchangeable leather covers, and interchangeable straps and clasps which allow you to change your look instantly. Unlike other modular products, the base itself is pretty enough to use on its own (it's pale pink and faceted like a gemstone!), and the covers are both easy to remove and totally secure once attached - IMO, the two most important factors for a modular product. 

Showing: Mint Faceted Leather cover, Black Leather cover, Mint Leather strap, and Black Trapezoid clasp

Showing: Mint Faceted Leather cover, Black Leather cover, Mint Leather strap, and Black Trapezoid clasp

Once assembled, the bag may be a bit heavier than some clutches on the market, but I personally enjoy a little bit of heft to a bag so that I actually notice when I wander off without it (which I'm sadly prone to do, left to my won devices). If you're an absent-minded professor like me, you can also easily snap on a variety of shoulder straps and attach your bag to your body for added security.

Showing: Gemstone Leather cover, Rose Faceted Leather cover, Mint Facets clasp

Showing: Gemstone Leather cover, Rose Faceted Leather cover, Mint Facets clasp

The inside features:

  • Two accordion-style compartments to help keep your stuff neatly sorted.
  • A secure, zippered pocket for coins and extra security
  • Several slip pockets for credit and ID cards, eliminating the need to carry an extra wallet.
  • Grooves allowing strap attachments to fold completely flush when not in use (see large photo below).
  • Enough space to easily hold most smartphones, full-sized pens, and other daily necessities without a struggle.

Functionality-wise, this clearly won't be an everyday bag for people who are used to totes, messenger bags, and other large carryalls. If this sounds like you, the Modjewel would be a better bet to pack inside your tote for those desk-to-dinner evenings.

However, those who enjoy an uncluttered bag would definitely be able to use a Modjewel as a daily crossbody or a super-convenient travel bag - only having to fit ONE bag into my carryon would be a dream, since I never check luggage. On days when I don't need my styling "kit," my must-haves basically amount to a slim aluminum card case, one lipstick, and my cell - I have tons of room to spare compared to my current go-to clutch. 

Showing: Gemstone Leather cover, Mint Facets clasp

Showing: Gemstone Leather cover, Mint Facets clasp

Prices range from $258 for the Bare Bag clutch to $481 if you choose all the priciest options. If you're eager to build your own Modjewel bag, head over to mymodjewel.com, where you can try out all the different color combinations and see a photo-preview before you buy. My favorite combo? Snakeskin and Silver Leather covers with a Black Faceted clasp and a Silver Chain strap!

Which one is your favorite?

Special Thanks to Qi Wong for the stellar photography, Viviane Restaurant for providing such a gorgeous Location #1 (holy cats, you have to chill in a cabana there sometime!), and to LACMA for being the backdrop of Location #2! This is an unpaid post, I am not an affiliate with Modjewel, and I will generate no commission from this post or the links therein.

Showing: Snakeskin Leather cover, Rose Facets clasp, and Silver Chain strap

Showing: Snakeskin Leather cover, Rose Facets clasp, and Silver Chain strap

Showing: Cherry Leather cover, Silver Leather cover, and   Rose Trapezoid clasp

Showing: Cherry Leather cover, Silver Leather cover, and Rose Trapezoid clasp

Showing: Mint Faceted Leather cover, Black Leather cover  , Mint Leather strap, and Black Trapezoid clasp

Showing: Mint Faceted Leather cover, Black Leather cover, Mint Leather strap, and Black Trapezoid clasp