This may seem like bold talk, but casual clutches are a totally under-appreciated and under-carried type of handbag. Please allow me to use the brand new Mulberry Alexa All In One Clutch to explain why.

On the surface, clutches may have a rather singular purpose: to look cute and unobtrusive with a nighttime outfit. But really, a good one can be so much more than that. Depending on your lifestyle and the size of bag you carry normally, this thing could do double-duty as everything from an oversized wallet to a tampon-obscurer to a place to neatly organize your travel documents. Or it could be all three of those things at once, plus act as a clutch on the weekends. Bags like these have many talents, even if they’re only marketed one way.

Without question, the best thing about this design in particular is that Mulberry chose to use the Alexa flap as a functional element of the design and not just a way to make this bag look like its other successful bags. The flap opens up to a compartment with card slots and room for cash, which means that if you’re one of those people who stuffs everything in her wallet, there’s an entire extra compartment for you to do that without constantly having to search through piles of receipts for your credit card, driver’s license or valet ticket.

Or if you’re the type of person who likes to run to the grocery store unencumbered, the main compartment would make a great spot for a phone and car keys. Or for those sensitive times of month, it would negate the necessity of fishing in the bottom of your purse for that last tampon that you just know you have. Or if you’re traveling, stick your boarding pass, passport and driver’s license in there for easy access at security and your gate.

Or, you know, you could use it as a clutch if you’ve exhausted all your other ideas. That’s always an option, I guess. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $495.

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  • Shana

    I think I still prefer it as a bag (ipad)

  • NikolineK

    I’ve seen this in real life and it is so cute!! (ipad)

  • Kat

    Cute! I love it in this watermelon color. I can’t get an idea of how big it actually is with the picture, though.

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  • Marianna

    The color is a kiss of Spring! I love the hardware and the size is big enough to make it multifunctional.

  • Kathy

    Very pretty bag (ipad)

  • Joanna

    Nice! (ipad)

  • Adrienne

    nice (ipad)

  • Amy

    Super cute, but I need a wrist strap. I don’t want to be forced to set it down and risk it being stolen. (ipad)

  • crewe

    gorgeous! i totally agree that clutches are under appreciated – there are some really amazing options out there and this is a great example of one. (ipad)

  • Maggie

    Love the color! (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    The color is beautiful. (ipad)

  • Tonya

    I love the color of this bag! it’s really cute, I could def. see myself carrying it….

  • Marion

    Daytime clutch are highly underappreciated and this one is super cute. They’re so practical. I do get how some girls carry their life in a bag so that might become difficult in a clutch…I especially like the color. (ipad)

  • chloehandbags

    Cute! :)

    Not a big fan of the Alexa, TBH, but I seem to like every style better as a clutch.

  • Elizabeth

    this is beautiful! And i love that functionality played such a big role in the design. (ipad)

  • swati

    daytime clutches seem so impractical esp when rushing to work … They look very elegant when i see other people carry them but i can never find an occasion to do so myself

    i don’t see this one as a wallet but i like it just because of the amazing color. Though my vote will still go to alexa as a bag rather than a clutch.

  • Maria

    a bit clunky for my liking..i prefer the bag much better

  • luvhautecouture

    this is beautiful and I like the under $500 price point (ipad)

  • Kelly

    Clutch for $500, i dont know about that! (ipad)

  • Mochababe73

    It’s cute, but completely impractical.
    But, to be frank, I am not a fan of the Mulberry Alexa.
    (iPad)

  • 19yearslater

    This clutch in particular would be great. With card slots and an extra pouch I’d love to use it for all of the purposes mentioned in this post. For the price, though, I’d probably go for a little crossbody to do the same things, and buy my clutch from a less expensive brand. (ipad)

  • trisha

    This can be use mostly for girls night out or parties other than that it’s impractical. I’ll go for the bag version and in that color

  • annabelle

    gorgeous color!!! (ipad)

  • nini

    The color is cute!

  • Limey

    love it! (ipad)

  • joycee

    very cute clutch, like the color. (ipad)

  • jill

    Oh my! Love love want. And how handy that valentines is coming up… (ipad)

  • EvaKnox

    Fa Bu Lous, I`m lovin the new design!!!

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  • Sara

    cool version! (ipad)

  • Vitta

    A $500 “tampon-obscurer” (why, Amanda, why…)? I don’t think so. But as a cross-body or a wristlet, it would have been very cute, agreed. (ipad)

  • helen

    I’m assuming the ipad contest is over… But the color is very pretty!

  • Emma G

    Love it, especially the colour (ipad)

  • Brenda

    Love it! (iPad)

  • Melissa

    I agree with everyone else, that color is amazing! (iPad)

  • Janet

    Its very cute! Not into that color maybe a more neutral color. (iPad)

  • Lianne

    Cute! And when carrying a large bag, it makes for a great bag within a bag for holding small stuff. I currently use a makeup bag that holds my wallet and pens and other small items that get lost at the bottom of the bag. (ipad)

  • Denise

    Love the color but not a big fan of it (iPad)

  • LDJ

    Hmm.. i don’t know, it doing too much to be a clutch. (ipad)

  • sosti

    I totally agree! i have a “clutch-ish” bag within my larger YSL tote that I use everyday, i grab it to run out during lunch and I can put my phone in it too. totally worth it and this one it a beauty! i would love to have it, I would use it everyday! (ipad)

  • Rachel

    Wow…Amanda, your blog just made me feel like this clutch is not just a desire, but a necessity. That’s some good writing…nice work! (ipad)
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  • Sue E

    I love the color and its cute (ipad)

  • Cathy Fitz

    Love the color and look, but think I would prefer it in the bag. (ipad)

  • XXAL

    despite the fact that i am holding both regular sized and oversized INK alexas hostage (still deciding which to sell), i would totally get this if they made it back in ink times.

    but maybe this color would actually look good in my ink.. as a clutch wallet? cruise colors? haha i love my mulbaby(: (ipad)

  • XXAL

    i think it would be cuter if the top part was gone! why is the area with the zipper even necessary? should’ve let the lock & magnetic fasteners be the main compartment.. (ipad)

  • AMN

    Did we ever find out who won the (ipad)

  • jen

    really cute, i think i like it better than the bag (ipad)

  • Merve

    Wud love it in black (ipad)

  • PurseAdict

    I would have to say I prefer the BAG (ipad)

  • Shannon

    I. Need. This!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Justine

    I dont like this! but I tove the color. It is just too bulky just looking on it. (ipad)

  • Louisa

    Love the color and love Mulberry. (ipad)

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