|How appropriate, the “Princess Crystal” minaudiere by Judith Leiber.|
Personally, my purses of choice have always included a shoulder strap. I like the idea of not one, but two free hands. At a cocktail party for example, one can tell whoever is serving the champagne that, “I’ll take two coupes, please and thank you, the second one is for my friend or husband . . .” (Or, in truth, back-up when the passage to the server becomes clogged by an influx of thirsty guests.)
However, I predict — yes, remember where you heard this — we will be seeing a run on clutch bags, also known in their various incarnations as envelopes, minaudieres and pochettes. Why am I convinced of the soon to develop mass movement you may ask?
Simple: The Duchess of Cambridge.
Have you noticed all the adorable mostly teeny pochettes she always carries? Unfortunately in her case she cannot be running around with two coupes of champagne and therefore the accessory gives her something to do with her hands. Note what William is always obliged to do with his when they’re standing around trying to pay attention to whatever their hosts or host countries are trying to do to entertain them.
I have a beautiful Chanel envelope bag for day. It has never left the felt bag it came in (or in which it came if you prefer). I once had an Hermes clutch given to me by an old boyfriend — in both senses of the word, he was a lot older. He brought it back to me from a trip to Paris. I had no idea at the time of the value or the pronunciation of the gift. I gave it to my best friend. As I said, I wasn’t into clutches and it had absolutely no sentimental value. So, there you go.
For your perusal, a clutch of clutches:
|Roger Vivier — one could make an exception for this don’t you thing? The one above aussi perhaps.|
Now, I’m in intense re-think mode. Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if I could only carry one coupe at a time and at other moments when one has two hands awkwardly searching something to hold other than each other, a clutch may be the latest fusion of fashion and function.