Odysseus said to Penelope, “I gotta go fight this war, bitch, be back in ten or twenty years.” To which she replied, “I will remain beautiful and faithful. My sleek design and gorgeous patent leather body will last for decades. Forget me not!” A brutal war, a cyclops, and a couple of divine lays later, Odysseus returned and took his favorite clutch out to the local gay bar.Okay, that isn’t how it went. But if Odysseus were a self-respecting transvestite rather than an epic war hero, it could’ve happened. Meet my favorite Kooba EVER, the Kooba Penelope Clutch. I saw her today at Nordstrom and couldn’t help fondling her and constructing fabulous outfits in my head with Penelope as the centerpiece. The patent leather is delightfully pillowish and supple. I literally stood in the bag department squishing and squeezing the poor thing. I don’t usually like Kooba bags, to be honest. Something about the whole cozy Western thing doesn’t appeal to me at all. Luckily, the patent leather takes the Penelope clutch out of this realm of the oaky comfy bag into a world of sleek shiny hotness. The hardware is understated, with nothing to speak of but a simple turnlock and funky chain strap which you can remove should it rub you the wrong way. The quilted banding at the center is just enough detail to add interest without adding clutter. This clutch will last you until patent goes out again, but it will be back, and there is nothing about Penelope that says 2006. Get her in black (shown, raved on), white (beautiful), or caramel (pass on it) patent for $295 at shopbop.