I usually kind of wish that Stella McCartney used leather for some of her bags, even though I can understand and respect why she chooses not to. Often, though, I find myself wondering if faux leather bags (or worse, simple canvas or nylon totes) are worth the steep price that she usually charges, and those thoughts have somewhat turned me off to the brand.

If there was a better way to get me reinterested than doing something stupendously odd like the Stella McCartney Wooden Accordion Clutch, however, than I can’t even imagine what it would be. This little bag is inventive but retro, technical but beautiful, and has 100% of my attention. I feel like I could play with it for hours.

Something about this clutch makes me think that Eames would enjoy it, but at the same time it reminds me of the old-fashioned structure behind the women’s clothing of a bygone era. The vintage duality of the curved wood is both minimal and ornate, but it makes me think that the clutch would be nearly ruined by actually using it.

I’m not saying that it would be physically harmed by use (although it might be, based on the strings that hold the wooden slats equidistant from one and other), but the lines that make the bag so fantastic would be interrupted and you’d lose a bit of the effect. That fear is at least partially justified by pictures of the bag with a removable satin pouch inside, which makes the little clutch’s structure hard to understand. This may be a great bag to look at, but it’s one that I’d want to own as a collector’s item, not a functional clutch. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $2045.

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BLynnT
BLynnT
12 years ago

No, thank you. $2000 is a lot to pay for something you can’t actually use…

belle@ectomorph
belle@ectomorph
12 years ago
Reply to  BLynnT

It’s imaginative and creative. Somehow the price doesn’t justify. For the rich and famous

Mochababe73
Mochababe73
12 years ago

Not for me. It looks like mini blinds.
I have always thought the same thing about Stella’s handbags. Why plunk down so much money for faux when you can get the real thing? No matter what anyone says or tries to convince me otherwise, I just do ever foresee myself wanting faux leather bag.

Belle
Belle
12 years ago

Too beautiful for words. I lovelovelovelove it.

Loquita
Loquita
12 years ago

Gorgeous! A work of art – but I wouldn’t use it, though.

cge
cge
12 years ago

This is one of those truly rare times when I believe a bag to be totally unique, unlike anything else out there. Very inventive. As Loquita said, a work of art. It is expensive, but it also looks like a lot of work went into its creation.

stacy
stacy
12 years ago

It is a unique piece. I completely agree with you Amanda and I, too, want it for the collection aspect. (It also reminds me of a roladex that holds names and numbers.)

Admin
12 years ago

Haha I was going to write about this! It is a very innovative idea, but then you just throw a pouch inside so it can actually hold something. It is not very usable at all, but creative.

Natalie
Natalie
12 years ago

Very strange. I guess I’m just not high-end enough to get it.

CambridgeGal
CambridgeGal
12 years ago

I also wish that designers would examine the leather/faux leather issue a little more closely. In addition to the cost issue – PVC bags do not seem to be worth paying $100 or more for – PVC is certainly not earth-friendly. ‘Animal-friendly’ products are often made with tons of chemicals that pollute waterways, the earth, and harm the people who are making the “leathers”. Meanwhile, people consume lots of meat, so animal hides are never going to be in short supply. I would just love to hear/read a more holistic discussion of leather vs. faux-leather, because I don’t believe that it’s as straighforward as it appears to be!

Stacy
Stacy
12 years ago

It must’ve been VERY popular – it sold out on Net-a-Porter

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