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.

Williamson tends to pick extremely simple shapes for his clutches, and when you see the kind of embellishment he does, it’s easy to understand why – when you’re doing full beading over a material like suede on a sizable bag, it’s best to leave the bag’s structure as simple as possible so it doesn’t compete with the embellishment. That’s a design reality that Williamson clearly understands, and a lot of other handbag designers would be well advised to make a note of it.

On this clutch, the main attraction is the pixelated Aztec print made out of super-modern square and rectangular beads. The beads themselves are almost corrugated, which gives the piece a slightly industrial, rough-at-the-edges feel the supplements the the inherent glamour of a beaded clutch with something a bit more interesting. Nice work again, Williamson. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1285.

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Laura Baumgardner
Laura Baumgardner
10 years ago

I love this; the colors work really well together!

Pam
Pam
10 years ago

I love this bag! I fell in love with it when it first appeared on net-a-porter. I hope it lasts to go on sale!

Aaron T
Aaron T
10 years ago

Really unique and special, can’t wait to see who wears it first.

dnfl
dnfl
10 years ago

it’s bead?? it looks more like sequins!!

LaDon
LaDon
10 years ago

…and people would actually exchange this for $1285?!

elle
elle
10 years ago

It looks like 90s computer programs meets tribal. Not a fan, especially at $1285.

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