Every woman has her obsession, for some its sunglasses, shoes, or bags. Lately I’ve seen a real resurgence in the clutch. It was for most of the past few decades an afterthought not given a lot of attention , a satin something that you could fit a card, key, lipstick in and that was about it. The only exception would have been the Judith Lieber crystal encrusted clutches. At one point they were the most coveted socialite evening bag. They ranged from $1000-$6000+. Sex and the City had a few humorous interludes involving one. Judith pioneered the resurgence of the small bag from relative neglect since the 20’s.
In a great Tmagazine by Yuri Chong article on the new Handbag Museum in Seoul, Korea, The Simone Handbag Museum, they show these beautiful examples of early purses which were for carrying herbs or sweetmeats and then as women gained independence , money.
Kate Spade stepped into the scene in 1993 from Mademoiselle Magazine with her Husband Andy Spade. Known very well for her signature bags, I do have a particular soft spot for how clever and charming her clutches are too.
Then recently The Mcqueen studio came out with a 4 figure clutch that became the hottest ticket item the way the Marc Jacobs handbag had become in the early 2000’s . This seemed to be the tipping point for the clutch to now to come into its own.
Depending on your price point , Judith has come out with a diffusion line of clutches, Oscar de La renta has some beautiful offerings, last seasons red alligator clutch was a gorgeous season must at $5000.00+. I am also particularly fond of what Olympia Tan is doing with their sold out line of “Book” Clutches. This insertion of humor and cleverness is elevating the clutch from an after thought into something delightful and fun to have with you. It can break the ice, be a conversation starter, or simply make you smile when you put your credit card, key, and lipstick in it.