Suffice it to say that I look at a lot of handbags. It’s kind of my job, and I’m lucky that way. And even with the enormous number of bags that I see, the Celestina Abalone Box Clutch has to be the best summer clutch I’ve seen in a while, and maybe ever. The exterior sides are encrusted with triangle-shaped pieces of abalone shell with a frame made of ebony and macasar wood, giving this little a bag a natural, beachy, organic feel that few bags have. Because of the multicolored, slightly shiny exterior, the bag could go with almost any summer outfit you could imagine, and the shell would pick up the colors of your clothes and look a bit different every time you wore it. It’s small, so I don’t know if it would hold everything I carry, but I’d may some cuts if it meant taking this little beauty along to have a beer on the beach. Are you sitting there reading this thinking “hey, I’ve seen this clutch already”? That is probably because you have!
Celestina Cracked Mirror Clutch
I’m not much of a tiny-little-clutch fan. I mean, I’ve got a big key ring. It doesn’t always fit. Add my cell phone, and the thing surely won’t close. I’m particularly not a fan of the shiny-tiny-little-clutches. Judith Leiber? No thanks. In a pop culture that now bedazzles cell phones, her schtick it getting a bit old. I usually skip over the evening bag section of any online store, but maybe I should rethink that habit. The structure of Vivre’s site kind of forces you to look at everything – their collection is so well-edited and so stylish that they don’t really need a way to weed out the riffraff, since there’s so little of it. While idly browsing handbags today, I came across the Celestina Cracked Mirror Clutch. Instead of thousands of tiny little crystals, the small hand-held bag is fashioned out of imperfect shards of glass reminiscent of a broken mirror. The effect is mosaic-like and very unique – correct me if I’m overlooking something, but I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. The verdict? I absolutely love it. The effect is sophisticated without being over girly and unique without being super flashy. This is a modern girl’s fancy clutch, and I only wish I had someplace classy enough to carry it. Buy through Vivre for $1,130.