I’m a big fan and supporter of The Cheap Clutch. It has an important role in my life and takes up a sizable portion of my bag collection. The Cheap Clutches are the go-to bags when you may or may not be heading to a bar or club of somewhat ill repute, which is to say, someplace where the bartenders aren’t fastidious about wiping up the spilled vodka and cranberry before you put down your bag.
In those situations (and in those establishments), only The Cheap Clutch will do. I could never stomach the thought of taking a bag that cost more than $200 out at night when I knew I was going to a bar or club, because I’m simply not willing to put myself in the position to ruin something that I spent that much money on. That’s where something like the TopShop Zip Detail Clutch comes in.
The zipper accents and the overwashed, wrinkled grey leather remind me a lot of one Mr. Alexander Wang, but no one ever accused TopShop of being original, I suppose. It doesn’t directly ape any of his bags, though, so I’m ok with it – a bag inspired by another designer’s aesthetic doesn’t keep me away.
What gets me about this clutch is that it’s real leather – the bags at most “fast fashion” chain stores are exclusively PVC, but TopShop offers an entire line of bags made out of the real thing. An of-the-moment, super stylish, real leather clutch for less than $100? I’ll take one in every color. Buy through TopShop for $80.