I’ve written about many a clutch on this site. At barely 23, I find myself at a time in life when clutches are possibly the most important bags I have – they have to go with the largest variety of outfits and fit in to the largest variety of situations. Dive bars, bottle service at a club, dinner out at a variety of restaurants, shopping with friends the next day when I’m too lazy to switch back to a day bag – my clutches go everywhere. I have a million inexpensive ones, but if I could pick just a single glorious clutch to have, I’d give all my cheap ones in exchange for the Balenciaga Arena Giant Envelope Clutch. There are a few reasons why.
First of all, Balenciaga is my favorite of the big designers. I’ve had several of their bags in several different styles since I started my handbag obsession, and I always get tons of questions and compliments on them. Their bags are often among the most functional I’ve encountered, and their featherweight construction makes it pain-free to carry everything you need. Second, the giant silver hardware is my favorite of the Balenciaga hardware varieties. It’s a bit punk without being over the top and I like designs with some edge to them. Third, few brands make colors as sublime and saturated as Balenciaga. They change every season, so if you see something you love, buy it before it disappears. We’ve got it pictured in mandarine, but Balenciaga makes too many beautiful colors to mention. If the orange isn’t your cup of tea, you can surely find a color, whether it be bright or neutral, that is. Megs also wrote about her love for this clutch a while back. Buy through Barneys for $995.