I’m always a big proponent of the daytime clutch, mostly because I think a lot of women assume that they’re really hard to carry when that’s often not the case. I wouldn’t necessarily take one to the grocery store or on another errand that I know will require me to carry lots of bags or packages, but for a lunch with girlfriends or something similar, a clutch can be a great way to set off an outfit. After a few minutes with one under my arm, I tend to forget that it’s even there.

And that’s not to mention all the wonderful evening uses for a clutch. But what about a bag like the Alexander Wang Ryan Handle Clutch? This is the type of bag that requires the carrier to occupy one of her hands with its presence; the north-south shape and bulky top handle create an interesting look, but they also probably mean that it would be uncomfortable to hold under the arm as one might with more prototypical handleless options.

I love Alexander Wang’s bags and indeed own one of this excellent metal-edged industrial evening bags, but I still can’t quite wrap my mind around whether or not Wang’s gaggle of cool downtown girls will want to sacrifice use of one of their hands for a whole evening. The design doesn’t include an optional shoulder or crossbody strap, which might have been the saving grace for this cute little design. As it is, I think that this bag’s audience will be rather limited to people who are completely dedicated to Wang’s aesthetic. Particularly considering the somewhat steep price, in the context of Wang’s normal pricing structure. Buy through ShopBop for $725.

  • rose60610

    I love this bag. While I agree that it’d be nice if it could be held on the arm, it’s elegant to carry a bag by the hand. This bag style reminds me of ladies who shop and ship their purchases instead of becoming encumbered by shopping bags. Chic.

    • KaylaNiche

      Wow. Perfect description!

  • kl

    great bag but a thin removable shoulder strap or chain would be an asset

  • ninjaninja

    I really don’t like the handle.

  • Lulugurl

    I have to say while I generally enjoy industrial designs this bag just isn’t striking the right cord with me..

  • 19yearslater

    I’ve tried clutches and they’re not for me. Wristlets I’ll use, but a clutch with a handle has no practical value for me.

  • Mochababe73

    I don’t mind holding a bag in one hand. However, I think that the handle is too bulky so I don’t know how long I would even want to hold it. But, my hands are small.
    On top of that, the profile is too slim. If you put too much, it would lose the shape.
    Disclaimer: I am not a fan of any Alexander Wang handbag.

  • Lib

    I have not been a fan of AW but this is the bomb! Very lady-like, I love it.

  • Cathy Fitz

    Beautiful to look at. But it would be totally impractical for me at least to carry.

  • Jamie

    I wouldn’t want to pay for discomfort no matter how nice.
    Adding a shoulder strap should help. But the handle seems heavy.