Back when I first started writing for PurseBlog (in the Dark Ages, basically), I used to see beautiful, incredibly intricate clutches, often made from shell or filigree, pop up here and there from a small …
With the recent Fab or Drab activity, it is time we make our Fab or Drab category a more active part of PurseBlog.
Today’s installment comes from an eclectic (and sold out) evening bag. The Celestina Espasol Filigree Clutch has every aspect of an ornate evening piece that may meet your fancy. The box shaped clutch is silver-plated and shows off cutout filigree design. The design is in the detail of this bag, so don’t just glance over it. The clutch needs a better look. (more…)
I’ve made no secret that I’m a huge and adoring fan of almost every clutch that Celestina has ever made. The materials used are those that are rarely found in such abundance in other clutches, and they’re used to amazing effect. The level of intricacy is unbelievably high on everything that they make, and they leave no detail unattended. But that doesn’t mean that their clutches are overdone – they’re usually sleek and modern-looking, despite their incredible uniqueness.
Which brings us to the Celestina Roseanne Blacklip Clutch. I can’t imagine that anyone could look at this and have a negative reaction – it’s sleek and simple, covered in diamond-cut tiles of blacklip mother of pearl. The colors are earthy and warm, but deep enough to function as a cold-weather event option despite the material. It reflects a great deal of light and would likely change colors fantastically in different settings. If you were to take it to an event, you’d easily stand out in a sea of boring black evening bags. Buy through Barneys for $1290.
One of Celestina’s strong suits is making clutches out of unexpected, non-traditional materials. Most handbag designers limit themselves to animal skins and maybe some straw or canvas, but beyond that, there’s little creativity. Well, not these folks. They specialize in using materials like wood, shell, and metals to craft incredibly inventive, stylish little bags for every occasion that you could imagine.
Here we have two excellent examples – first, their famous woven box clutch in what appears in be a new bronze iteration (they’ve done sterling silver in the past). The clutch is simultaneously subtle and complicated, a combination that is incredibly hard to achieve. The second clutch appears to be a completely new design, probably made out of sterling silver, which appears to have beautiful, glowing mother of pearl on the bottom. These clutches are typical of the Celestina aesthetic and I can’t wait to see what else they have in store in future collections.
Fusing the organic with the fabulous, designer and former model Tina Maristela-Ocampo developed the brand, Celestina. A gorgeous collection inspired by the natural beauty, the Celestina collection is comprised of materials found in Maristela-Ocampo’s native home in the Philippines.
Using native materials including abalone shell and shagreen (stingray) Celestina’s designs are created by local artisans. Celestina’s collection of jewelry and clutches take on a dramatic architectural feel softened by natural materials. We are especially drawn to the mother-of-pearl wooden “Pina” oakwood clutch and tagnipis stud embellished Ebony “Macassar” clutch shown here.
What is going on here? The first image I came across was a straight on view of this handbag and at first glance, it looked kind of like a pillow. I couldn’t figure out where to open the clutch, how it would store my essentials or how it would feel. When you think of leather or satin you can pretty much imagine what the texture of the bag would feel like. But, what does woven sterling silver feel like?
The Celestina Woven Silver Filigree Clutch uses a very eclectic combination of material. Who would have ever thought that sterling silver, kamagong (wood from a fruit tree which boasts very dense wood), filigree (wire work) and embossed wood would be used in one bag. Personally, I think the bag is a little over-the-top, but then again, I am sure there are plenty of you out there who would absolutely rock this clutch! Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1695.
Although the holidays seem like so long ago, I continue my search for fabulous handbags I’d love to add to my wish list. After all, whoever said your wish list only applies during the holidays? As I am sure you know (because I say it all the time), I am a pretty practical girl. I like functional and fashionable handbags. But, from time to time, I do find myself interested in something that might seem a little more out there for my taste. The Celestina Abalone Box Clutch is unique, elegant and eye catching. The red abalone faceted box clutch boasts features you see often. Crafted from natural resources, the abalone shell makes this clutch one that is surely to be the topic of conversation while carrying it. Sure, there isn’t a lot of room for all sorts of things you might typically carry with you, but there is enough space for the bare essentials. And honestly, I just think this would be a fun accessory to carry around. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $770.