The contemporary handbag market is so full, so absolutely glutted, that it’s always extra impressive when a piece truly stands out. With the price of leather and hardware design what it is, finding a way to be creative at a reasonable price point grows more difficult by the day. That’s why I’m so obsessed with the Anndra Neen Cage Purse – even though similar bags have existed in the past, Neen’s take is unique both on the current contemporary market and at the $650 price point. For a night out, there might be no better way to show off a super cute iPhone case.
Neen’s main occupation is that of a jewelry designer, and vintage-feeling metalwork that provides the structure of this clutch goes along with her aesthetic perfectly. It is, essentially, a big piece of functional jewelry to carry a few pieces for a night out, and we suggest you encumber it with nothing more than a phone and a slim card case. After all, not much else will fit, and you don’t want to pack it so full that the beautiful imperfections of the design’s details get overshadowed.
We’ve been seeing this clutch all over the place, from ShopBop to Kirna Zabete to editorials in too many websites and magazines to count. It seems to be a piece that everyone agrees is a seasonal standout, and for the young design duo behind the bag, that’s a coup indeed. Best of all, unlike most truly unique pieces, this one doesn’t cost thousands of dollars; it can be had for $650 via ShopBop. (You should check out Anndra Neen’s jewelry, too. It’s pretty great, and ShopBop has a nice selection.)