Tracy Reese, who has for many seasons brought us pretty pretty feminine frocks, is now making pretty pretty feminine handbags. I am particularly fond of this one – the Tracy Reese Castilla clutch. The shape is unusual for a clutch – very square and boxy, a neat departure from the usual elongated tube or trapezoid. It’s relatively flat, so you can still hold it like a clutch, but its interior is divided into two compartments for maximal storage space. The clutch just looks like a lovely treasure box with that ornate gold turnlock clasp and structured flap. The color is wonderfully ladylike to balance any childish overtones, but the bag is still sweet and whimsical. There is a short detachable chain strap which I prefer detached, but it is a nice practical option. The unostentatious cream leather makes this a great day clutch, but the princess qualities will carry over to evening. It’s almost cliche to point out, but you do get more for your money with a 24-hour bag. I’m very impressed by this clutch and everything else I’ve seen of her collection. To see the whole line, visit tracyreese.com, and buy the Castilla clutch at shopbop for $425.
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