Translating a winning design aesthetic from shoes to handbags can be tricky. Just ask Christian Louboutin, who has the footwear world by the tail but is still trying to figure out his perfect handbag formula. Brian Atwood, another shoe designer that inspires fainting spells among the heel-inclined, is also taking his first serious steps into the handbag arena, starting with a collection of clutches that launched yesterday on Gilt.com.

Clutches are a smart place to start for shoe designers; not only do their existing customers (buyers of many pairs of impractical, expensive shoes) likely have the lifestyle to need clutches, but smaller bags lend themselves well to embellishment and experimentation. In this small group (and no, just because the sale is on Gilt doesn’t mean there’s a discount), the geometrically embellished minaudieres are what really shine. The envelope clutches, on the other hand, are a bit basic, but based on his shoes, I’m sure Atwood will find his footing and expand on these ideas soon. Check out all of the clutches, priced from $1050 to $1850, after the jump, or shop now via Gilt.com.

  • Marie Martell

    Beautiful collection!
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  • Seth22431

     People wish to be settled. It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them.

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    The first two are beautiful and they would look great with a slim leather strap or a chain to be a little bit more versatile for possible customers who don’t believe in carry a bag in the palm of their hands all the time.

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    so beautiful,Thank you for your offer!

  • http://justj.ca/ MizzJ

    Oh wow, each of these are just so gorgeous! Love the colors, the mix of textures and the sharp geometric patterns

  • Rashida

    A sexy sexy clutch!!!!

  • http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com/ dontaskmetosmile

    The black and the nude geometric clutches are great. Classic shape but the geometric design gives it a modern touch.

    I do think the pricepoint is quite high for a first collection of clutches. But maybe that’s just me.

  • Sil G

    i love the bright colors from the first and second clutches!