Back when I first started writing for PurseBlog (in the Dark Ages, basically), I used to see beautiful, incredibly intricate clutches, often made from shell or filigree, pop up here and there from a small brand called Celestina. Designed by Filipino former model Maristela Ocampo, the evening bags all had a clearly oceanic influence and wonderful details. It's been a couple years since I've encountered one of the brand's handbag's online even though I've often wondered if Ocampo was still designing, so you can imagine how pleased I was to find Celestina Resort 2013 available for pre-order through Moda Operandi yesterday morning.
The sale, which runs until September 3, includes some of Celestina's exotics, but the real stars of the show are the shell clutches. Red abalone, black lip, rainbow paua, mother of pearl - the clutches' frames and closures are solely punctuation to the beautiful natural materials. Just when I thought I was ready for cooler weather to finally come, I'm suddenly craving one last late-summer trip to the beach. In the meantime, check out the clutches after the jump and shop the sale via Moda Operandi.