Often when I find myself confused by (or scared of) a Charlotte Olympia clutch, it’s because the piece feels like it embraces the brand’s signature irreverence and literalness at the expense of the type of luxury that should always be present at Charlotte Olympia’s price point. Designer Charlotte Dellal so often nails one and not the other, which is what makes me so delighted at the Charlotte Olympia Treasure Chest Box Clutch.
Not only does a treasure chest lend itself easily to physical transformation into an evening bag, but the metaphor works beautifully. For most women, handbags are our treasure chests; a place where we keep our most precious necessities, safe from prying eyes and grabby hands. This time, the literalness of the clutch, with its nail-head golden trim and working latch, adds to the design instead of detracting from it. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1,495.