Foley and Corinna Cadeau

Last weekend, I found myself on a night out, carrying a great clutch, and without any place to put it. I don’t like clutches with chain straps because they feel old-fashioned to me, so I couldn’t hang the bag off my knee under the table, as I usually would. I also couldn’t put it on the table, because as nights out are wont to do, the table was wet in spots and fresh cocktails sloshed over the sides of their glasses when they arrived. I also couldn’t put it on my lap – I was wearing a slinky dress and it kept slipping off. Looking back, I really wish I had owned a Foley & Corinna Cadeau Clutch back then.

First things first: I own a Cadeau, and I was fortunate to receive it as a gift during a party that the brand recently held. I went back and forth about whether I should write about it, because as you guys know, it’s once in a blue moon that we ever mention a bag we’ve been given by a brand around here. It’s just not what we do, and we think that making a habit of it would be a disservice to you guys. In this case, though, I think the greater disservice would be not covering a great, affordable bag just because I have one and I didn’t pay for it. (And if we didn’t think the disclosure was truly important, I wouldn’t be mentioning it at such length.)

The upshot, of course, is that this bag is kind of brilliant. It’s a box clutch, but it’s larger than a traditional box clutch – my phone (with case!) fits in it easily, along with my keys and a slim (if slightly overstuffed) wallet. In most box clutches, I’m lucky if I can wedge my phone, sans case, along with my house key and a few cards. The other highlight? The contrasting leather strap, which feels light years more modern than the chain alternative, in addition to being a lot more comfortable to carry. Remove it, and you’ve got a functional, more formal evening bag. Keep it on, and you’ve got a fun minibag for a night out. At $395 via Zappos, that’s not too shabby.