The Wearable Art Allure of Lisa Perry x Leo Villareal

Muchaneta Kapfunde | @FashNerdEditor

Designer Lisa Perry and artist Leo Villareal’s allure is the sparkle and shine that they have created known as the Scintillator clutch. Dazzling to the eye, the smart clutch is encoded and powered by LED lights that put on a sequenced and illuminated light display.


This was a collaboration that was all about pushing boundaries and merging art, technology and fashion. Perry and Villareal collectively came up with a clutch that bragged 120 individual lights powered by Villareal’s signature computer algorithms. It works by the clutch cycling through a variety of light patterns and designs that are all reflected in mirrored nickel-plated brass.

On the concept Villareal shared, “Creating new platforms for people to interact with art is an important aspect of my practice. Scintillator functions in the same way, but at a more intimate scale. The collaboration with Lisa resulted in an artwork that can be held in one’s hand and transported as its owner travels with it.”


On the collaboration Perry told InStyle, “As a collection and lover of Leo’s work, I am thrilled to collaborate with him on this project—an accessory that incorporates the latest computer and light technology that is also a sculpture is amazing and innovative.”

The Scintillator clutch was designed for the modern woman who appreciates the beauty and uniqueness of wearable art. With only 75 pieces produced, proceeds from the limited-edition smart clutch will support the CFDA’s Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, an investment fund to nurture and support fashion manufacturing in New York.

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I believe that such a show stopping clutch demands fashionable sidekicks that complement its sparkle, so I have styled it with beautiful Charlotte Olympia cut out suede and mesh sandals, Guipure lace, tulle and crepe jumpsuit by Self-Portrait and of course no look is complete without adding the striking smart bracelet by Vinaya.

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You can Shop the clutch for $2,995 at, the Lisa Perry Madison Avenue boutique, and select Barneys New York stores. Love the shoes and jumpsuit? You can shop the look at Net-A-Porter.


So why the name Scintillator? Perry revealed, This brilliant title came from Leo! He is always on the lookout for interesting words that describe light”. Well who would have guessed.

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