The best designer clutch bags that can actually store more than your cards, cash and coins
Clutch it good
The humble clutch bag that you literally clutch in the crook of your armpit whenever you mean business or to make a statement has had some reincarnations over the years: it was Jacquemus-level microscopic in the ‘20s where flapper girls only needed to tote out cigarettes and a lipstick, boxy-like in the ‘40s when women really started to get out there, supersized to emulate a men’s portfolio in the ‘80s when women started having power lunches of their own and we’re now living in the era where you can have any size or design you please so long as you have the monetary means.
But in today’s context where women are constantly on the go, the best clutches look good and do good – they need to fit everything we need from day to night. Here are 10 top picks from the fun to the fabulous.
Photos from L to R: Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Gucci, Coach
The classic Marni logo tag is smacked right in the centre of this clutch and it comes in a seriously on-trend array of Fall/Winter colours.
This clutch is the alternative to the leather ones you might usually tote around and because its base is in a canvas material, it functions well too as a makeup bag. Got a spill? Simply use a damp cloth to wipe it down. Bonus points too for the wristlet.
2. Patent leather clutch, $1,900, Christian Louboutin
This clutch is what we call a #humbleflex – on first glance it looks like any other clutch but true purveyors of subtle luxury will appreciate the Louboutin logo housed in the brand’s iconic arch logo clasp.
The arch is a subtle reference to Vero Dodat, the covered passageway that houses the original Louboutin boutique, but if you want to get practical about it, patent leather is easier to maintain than real leather.
It’s a subtle nod to the Gabrielle bag released last year with its supple lamb leather upper, boxy leather bottom and multitude of chains. What differs it from the original bag though, is its lack of bulk and of course, price.
This clutch is sure to fit what we usually really need: a wallet, mobile phone, portable charger and makeup but if black is too stark a statement, it comes in blue or pink too.
Besides the iconic Coach monogram that stealthily made a comeback on some of the brand’s leather goods and SLGs, Coach’s Rexy (ICYMI, it’s a T-Rex) is also becoming iconic in its own right.
And for those who’re looking for something that’s as fun as it is functional, Rexy stars on this chain clutch that also has eight credit card slots, a full-length bill compartment for dollar bills and a detachable chain.
Once you look past the house’s usual rock chick meets woman of the night RTW offerings, you might notice that the brand isn’t short of some beautiful bags. One of our favourites includes this crinkled leather clutch in a deep green (no shame if you assumed it was black on first glance) that’s a nice change from the usual black bags.
If you’re tired of literally clutching it, untuck the chain from the bag’s interiors and carry it crossbody.
Riccardo Tisci’s first move at Burberry was to install a new logo (are we really surprised?) and when you’ve spent some considerable time and effort designing one, you’re going to want the whole world to know.
And that is exactly why it’s embossed all over this clutch bag with flaps on its sides that elevates its design without removing its practicality. It claims too to be inspired by the house’s iconic trench but we just see a bag that takes you from day to night.
Nope, we did not flip the photo over. This Jil Sander clutch has its handle on the side which means you can carry it the “right side” over like a clutch by clutching the bottom of it or by sliding your hand into its handle to feel more secure.
You can also carry it by its handle (its definitely gonna to be hard opening the bag though) or, when you’re really tired, as a crossbody bag thanks to its interior straps. What you’re not going to complain about though? The bag’s three interior compartments.
When you’ve designed something practical and stylish like Miuccia Prada did in the ‘80s with her nylon Prada bags, you’re going to want to keep bringing it back to keep the cash registers ringing.
And that is what the house has done with this pouch: It’s still made of durable nylon and the triangular leather-framed logo hardware is still on it, but because it’s in a classic pouch shape, it’s never going to go out of style.