Maybe we owe it to shoulder bags such as the Multi Pochette ala Louis Vuitton or the Prada Re-Edition 2005 that have been doggedly nestled in the crook of many an it-girl’s armpit for the past year, but it’s undeniable that the ‘90s shoulder bag’s close handle-less sister – the clutch bag – has made a smashing return.
Perhaps we could also attribute the resurgence of the humble clutch to the panoptic popularity of Bottega Veneta’s Pouch bag (which continues to see updates in multiple colourways each season), the number that deserves the standing of an iconic it-bag in our current zeitgeist if the term “it-bag” itself still holds any relevance today.
One thing’s for sure though, there’s something undeniably chic in that nonchalant, cool-girl fashion about clutching a bag underneath a bent arm, complete with a killer outfit.
Right now, the clutch bag is not only built for after hours cocktails or evening galas, it’s also seen next to women at work, packed full with all the essentials they need from day to night. The new breed of clutch bags is roomier and practical for the woman constantly on the go, and we