We’ve showered a bit of love on another of Matthew Williamson’s clutches in the recent past, but now that I’ve seen the Matthew Williamson Bead-Embellished Suede Clutch, I feel the need to do it again. The last clutch was a hippie-chic take on opulent brocade, but this design approaches from the opposite direction: it’s a modernist take on the classic hippie look. Not only is it a testament to Williamson’s under-credited versatility, but it’s a credit to his eye; he’s the only designer who can ever be credited as “hippie-anything” whose work I still enjoy with great regularity. (more…)

Without any context, who would have thought that carrying around a crystalized zoo animal would be so posh? Somehow, year after year, Judith Leiber makes its eccentric, idiosyncratic style work. The brand’s crystal-studded minaudière bags are Leiber’s most iconic pieces by a mile, and even though there are imitations, nothing beats owning the real deal. From the first teardrop-shaped minaudière, which debuted decades ago, Leiber’s designs have become steadily more unique and more daring.

While Leiber’s clutches are by no means practicable or accessible, when you are carrying a Judith Leiber crystallized minaudière, none of that matters. You’re carrying a work of art, a statement piece, something that you can choose to uniquely represent your personality or interests. Animals from fantastical to fierce have always been one of Leiber’s signature themes, and over time, the company has designed itself a veritable menagerie. Visit all of the animals in the Judith Leiber Zoo after the jump. (more…)

We’ve been rounding up the best bag deals of the week for you every Friday, but sometimes, a great bag pops up before Friday and we must share. That’s exactly what happened when I was browsing Saks to find the best items to buy in their Friends & Family Sale yesterday; I clicked upon a great clutch from Clare Vivier, and not only is it incredibly beautiful, but it’s also incredibly affordable – even more so with 20% off.

It’s hard not to set your eyes on the Clare Vivier Fold-Over Clutch and not see its beauty. The bag is entirely simple and also a wardrobe must; the oversized leather clutch trend is still going strong. And like I said, the best part is the price, and to see that, you are going to have to follow me after the jump. (more…)

Believe it or not, writing about luxury handbags has one itty bitty downside. It’s hard to believe there’s a downside at all, right? I mean, I get to look the latest handbags in the industry and analyze them and report back to you with the pros, cons and aesthetic pleasures (for the most part) of such bags. Again, what’s not to love?

I’ll tell ya what’s not to love: the unhappy realization that I, as a student and intern, simply cannot afford any of the bags I have written about. But today, all that changes. Lately I have been eyeing the AllSaints website, where I came across a clutch I really admired and can actually afford, woot, woot! This AllSaints Elissa Evening Clutch is priced reasonably, even for something that you can’t use every day. (more…)

This clutch is just another example of my ever-growing love for all things Louboutin. Christian Louboutin has a knack for taking ordinary accessories and loading them with details and embellishments to make them unlike others on the market. What I personally love about Louboutin is you never know what concoction he will create. His aesthetic is one that never disappoints me – I like things a little bit on the wild side. With that in mind, the Christian Louboutin Marquise Spiked Leather Clutch is just another bag I am adding to my wish for when I save up enough money, or win the lottery, whichever comes first. (more…)

Year after year, collection after collection, I fall in love with the designs of Kate Spade again and again. I tend to gravitate towards Spade’s handbags because the brand knows how to tastefully mix modern chic with vintage glam. In that vein, the Kate Spade Wordsmith Dictionary Leather-bound Book clutch does not disappoint.

The first Kate Spade piece I ever owned was a royal blue cosmetic case that my mom bought me for my birthday when I turned thirteen. I LOVE that cosmetic case, and I still use it today when I travel. My love for Spade started because we had similar names. My Aunt MaryAnn always calls me Kate, and at the age of thirteen, who wouldn’t love a make-up case that has her name on it? Now I love Spade’s designs because of the style that emanantes from them: playfulness meets youthfulness meets sophistication. (more…)

British designer Matthew Williamson is best known for his richly patterned dresses, but Williamson also knows that with every great evening gown, you need a great handbag. His bags exude the same type of ultra-luxe-hippie sensibility as his ready-to-wear, and they often also feature his bold, intricate prints and embellishments.

In a normal season, that can make Williamson’s bags a bit intimidating to customers, but patterned and embellished accessories are such a strong fall trend that the brand’s clutches have never felt more relevant. The Matthew Williamson Brocade and Suede Clutch is my personal favorite of the season – the orange colorway is particularly gorgeous because the orange stones pick up the warm undertones in the upper part of the clutch. The whole thing could combust at any moment. (more…)

With New York City having been so recently overtaken by the glitz and glamour of New York Fashion Week, it seemed appropriate to spotlight a clutch that embodies the same kind of allure. My choice for this week’s show-stopping purse (drum roll please) is the Gucci Garcon Gold and Crocodile Clutch.

This clutch has everything you have ever dreamed: gold accents, a crocodile pouch and green Swarovski crystal decoration on the tassel and clasp. I mean, Swarovski crystal and crocodile finishing done on the same bag without it being too gaudy?! I’m basically drooling as I type. With a detachable gold chain, this clutch can be worn over the shoulder or in a cross-body style. Think the crocodile pouch is too much? No worries – it’s detachable, leaving you with a beautiful, all-gold clutch for a very special evening. (more…)

I have to say, when it comes to handbags, the PurseBlog team tends to influence one another pretty frequently. Well, it’s happened again. A few days ago, Amanda covered Kelly Osbourne carrying a neon Chanel Flap over on BagThatStyle. It goes without saying that Chanel bags are classic, but there was something about the neon version of this bag that I really liked. That something happens to be the color. I don’t typically gravitate towards neon colors, but this hue, for some reason, really speaks to me.

Since laying my eyes on that bag, I’ve found myself taking note when others with a similar color pop up. That is exactly what happened when I came across this Anya Hindmarch Valorie Metallic Leather Clutch. (more…)

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. (more…)

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