It was first designed as the perfect accessory to 1920s party dresses, complementing the elegant evening silhouettes with its sleek, handle-free design. But the clutch bag is no longer confined to the party closet. Today’s spacious iterations, crafted from buttery soft leathers reminiscent of a cloud or a sumptuous squashy pillow, have become an everyday staple in modern wardrobes thanks to their ability to smarten up even the most casual outfits – model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley regularly pairs her Bottega Veneta ‘Pouch’ with jeans and a crisp white tee.
These new clutches have easy appeal; they offer the impression of hyper put-togetherness but remain a simple grab-and-go style due to their sizeable dimensions that ensure they fit all manner of daily essentials. Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson offers his contemporary take with the ‘Flamenco’ clutch – a slouchy style with a natty drawstring fastening that feels simultaneously sporty and sleek. New York label Khaite’s Catherine Holstein had on-the-go women in mind when she designed the ‘Alma’ clutch – the pencil-case design is equipped with a wrist strap that allows you to travel hands-free.
Of course, it’s Daniel Lee at Bottega Veneta who has really made the clutch his own in recent seasons. The large gathered ‘Pouch’ has become a staple on stylish women the world over for understated luxe and practicality – the winter-white version will add a fresh lift to new-season wardrobes.