I am not normally one to indulge in novelty items but this Christopher Kane aqua/jelly clutch caught my eye when it came out as part of Kane’s Autumn Winter 2011 collection. Quite a few acquaintances of mine snapped them up as soon as they came out (including my blogger friend Michael Ford). As much as I liked them, I did not like the price tag so much; at £560 for the large size or £390 for the small one I could not really justify it. Luckily for me I managed to pick mine up from The Outnet for a fraction of the original price (literally! What a bargain!!) – there are still a few in stock should you wish to ‘snap’ one up.
These mesmerising aqua clutches reminds me of my childhood. It makes me think back to the days when I was obsessed with lava lamps, those novelty glitter pencil cases and all manners of throw back kitsch. The vegetable oil and glycerin combination results in a gimmick which is really so naff that somehow it is absolutely brilliant. A little mad perhaps but I cannot be the only one with an irrational urge to just shake and squeeze one now can I? The scalloped edges only add to the fun nature of these Christopher Kane clutches, it is perhaps irrational but in my opinion it just works.
The clear PVC clutch is certainly distinctive, the only branding on it is on the gun metal closure in small. I opted for the larger one so that it can fit my iPad (it does) as well as miscellaneous bits and life paraphernalia. I went for the chocolate colour way as opposed to some of the more dramatic infusions of two different colours, as I love how murky and peculiar it looks – particularly when you get peeks of the contents inside the clutch. It has red and purple tones in the colour which are really evident when held up against the light.
It is surprisingly spacious; I can fit my iPad, phones and other random bits into it together easily. My only criticism would be that due to the scalloped shape it does not fit A4 paper flat however I suppose folding paper really is not too much of a hardship now is it? I can appreciate this is a bit of an acquired taste but personally I am loving a spot of jelly in my life.