Kate Spade Bixby Frame Clutch, $325 via Nordstrom.
We first learned about the Kate Spade Bixby Collection way back when we interviewed the company’s resident Twitter-er for our “What’s In Her Bag” feature, before the bags had even made their way to retail. And now that they have, I’ve got a brand new favorite from the line: The Kate Spade Bixby Frame Clutch in mustard yellow, which marries supple leather, glossy resin and earthy wood into a single, covetable handbag.
The first thing that I always do when I see a casual clutch is check the width; if it’s less than 9 or 10 inches, I move on. Any smaller than that and a bag becomes a tried-and-true evening clutch which won’t hold all of the essentials that most women need for anything more than a fancy party. But at a full foot wide, the Bixby is a safe clutch to use from the afternoon into evening, and the mix of materials and textures means that it will be at home both indoors or out. Personally, I’d love to carry this bag to a beach bonfire. Now I just need a beach. And perhaps some instructions on building a bonfire. Buy through Nordstrom for $325.