There is such a slippery slope when it comes to patent leather and handbags. While I allow more wiggle room for patent leather shoes, I feel as though designers have to be extremely careful with their use of patent leather on handbags.

It’s not very often that I come across an Anya Hindmarch bag that has me as conflicted as this one does. My jerk reaction when first coming across the bag was that I really liked it. But then, as I looked closer at the bag, zoomed in a bit, I was a little skeptical of the amount and color of patent leather that is used.

The Anya Hindmarch Byron Patent Leather Clutch is beautiful, there is no doubt about that, but I do think that perhaps a different material would have made this clutch a must-have. Clearly, the slightly oversized clutch (W – 13″, H – 8″) is made of orange patent and what you don’t see in this photo is the removable gold-tone chain strap. I like this option. The pleat detailing caught my eye and I think it would be a great statement to every outfit you might pair it with. Opening up the clutch and you will see beige suede; I always appreciate suede lining. Yet, even at the end of this post, I’ve come full circle. There are plenty of things I like, but I am caught up on the patent leather. Too much or just right? Buy through Net-a-Porter for $650.

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