It’s not often that a bag review requires me to gather my personal technology and a ruler, but the Christian Louboutin Eden Pompom Clutch is clearly a special little bag. Whether you take that to mean special! or “special” is, of course, up to you.

But when my very scientific measuring was done, I found a problem. At its very widest point, this clutch is barely five inches wide. Since it’s a sphere, the width of the clutch starts decreasing immediately as you move away from that narrow point. My phone, a relatively new Blackberry, is four and a half inches tall and almost three inches wide without a case. That’s a problem – smart phones are now more or less de rigueur among people with expendable income, and you certainly have to expend a lot of it to buy this clutch. Sadly, it seems as though never the two shall meet.

From an aesthetic standpoint, I don’t actually have many problems with this clutch. Sure, it’s kind of odd, but I’d rather carry something unexpected like a round clutch than the same basic envelope that every single one of your girlfriends probably pulls out every weekend (or maybe that’s just my girlfriends).

Any aesthetic interest I have in a clutch ends with the inability to pack my phone along for the night, however. I’m a 24-year-old single woman living in a large, at times unsafe city, and a cell phone isn’t a luxury item for me – it’s a necessity. I’ve had one since I could drive, and I’m not going to start leaving it at home in order to carry a (more-than-slightly silly) designer clutch. If you’re on a date and can slip your phone into your boyfriend’s or husband’s pocket, it might work, but I couldn’t see myself spending so much money on a clutch with such severely limited functionality. Buy through Saks for $1195.

  • Nik

    It’s little and ugly.

  • MAGGIE (COACH ADDICT)

    Ok is he kidding …. I do not understand a Company that makes such amazing shoes can not make a purse to save its life.. thank goodnes they do not have to..

  • mochababe73

    That’s a lot of money for a clutch that isn’t functional. Not only will it not fit the Blackberry (I have one, too), I doubt if it would fit your identification, lipstick, or mirror. It’s unfortunate because I really like the animal print.
    Louboutin really needs to find another handbag design team.

  • Sabrine

    very ugly

  • 19yearslater

    This looks like a Christmas ornament- but I kind of like it anyway. However, since it couldn’t hold much more than folded paper and breathe mints it’s a no-go.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      I kind of enjoy its oddness as well…if only it had an ounce of functionality.

    • Anna

      you’re right – i rather use it as an ornament.

  • Jen

    Well, it would work pretty well as a weapon. Just swing it around your head and hurl.

  • Barms

    This looks like something you would see hanging from the rearview mirror of a pimped out car.

  • babe

    soooo beautiful shoes! soooo ugly bags? this crazy ball makes me speechless.

  • Bagolicious

    As I’ve said for years, he needs to stick to making shoes.

  • Karin bag4bag

    A bag must be able to fit your phone, card purse and touch up essentials. Otherwise I just can’t function !

  • merve

    hahaha 1k for a useless ball…

  • Chris

    This pompom really makes me smile – I have to admit, I kind of like it. And for a night out with my hubby, I may not even need my cellphone anyway.

  • werry

    i like it