I must apologise for being rather quiet. I have been rather busy celebrating my birthday (which could only be described as messy champagne carnage), and work sadly (designer goodies don’t pay for themselves). I also have the post birthdays blues, oh, and the god forsaken hangover lasted long enough (sambuca bomb anyone?!) – but that was entirely expected, and entirely worth it. So yes I am another year older, another year wiser, and all that.
So I want to discuss something which you must have noticed lately, and that is the man clutch. It’s always something that pops up every once in a while, usually it is left to the catwalk, or to those who attend fashion weeks, however more, and more brands are engaging with the man clutch. This time it’s actually here to make a lasting impression.
Guy, let’s face it, it’s about time we can steal something from our girlfriend’s wardrobes (well there was that guyliner trend, but thank goodness that died out – not a thing). It’s all about the clutch, and particularly the envelope clutch – however do not rule out the wristlet. Whether you steal your girlfriend’s favourite clutch, opt for a more masculine document holder, or one of the specifically designed men’s clutches out now, you’d be a fool not to give it a try.
I am personally a fan it reminds me of an old black leather travel wallet I used to use. I like clutching things, and keeping my arms/hands busy. I appreciate they are not for everyone, but I thought I would share with you a few of my picks:
- Clutches to splurge on
Christopher Kane – £550 at http://www.matchesfashion.com/
The Christopher Kane one is incredible right? Michael of http://anastasia-duck.blogspot.com/ has one which he used on Menswear day of London Fashion Week.
Smythson – £525 at http://www.smythson.com/
The Smythson one is a classic document folio, however I’m sure you could squeeze your phones, and a few other things in there.
Lanvin – £300 at http://www.lanvin.com/
I love the Lanvin one combining the trend of metallics, and python print – great combination.
Mulberry – £270 at http://www.mulberry.com/
The Mulberry one is actually an iPad sleeve, but with clutches anything goes – do not be afraid to experiment with different bags.
Alison Dunlop – £300 at http://www.farfetch.com/
The detailing on the Alison Dunlop clutch is exquisite, I love the intricate pattern around the sides.
Balenciaga – £335 at http://www.balenciaga.co.uk/
I full on love the Balenciaga one – however I do have a bit of a weakness for Balenciaga. I love the colouring, and the way it has a zip pocket as well as a zip opening at the top.
Lanvin – £495 at http://www.lanvin.com/
The second Lanvin one is your classic envelope clutch, I love the colouring, and quality of the leather.
- Clutches to save money on
ASOS – £12 at http://www.asos.com/
The ASOS one is an absolute steal, they offer it in quite a few colour combinations. I love how it encompasses colour blocking too.
Gucci – £180 at http://www.mrporter.com/
The Gucci one is actually a wash bag, but when it comes to clutches anything goes – be innovative.
Topshop – £28 at http://www.topshop.com/
The Topshop one is faux pony skin, it’s very winter luxe – man up, and ignore that it is from Topshop because it’s a great clutch at a great price.
Zara – £29.99 at http://www.zara.com/
I am really tempted by the Zara man clutch it’s a great price, and you cannot go wrong with a spot of black simplicity.
Calabrese – £39 at http://www.farfetch.com/
The Calabrese one is another wash bag, but remember no-one has to know .
Common Projects – £149 at http://www.farfetch.com/
I simply adore the vivacious nature of the Common Projects clutch, although it is also available in black. It reminds me of those Comme des Garçons wallets!
Paul Smith – £95 at http://www.mrporter.com/
Yet another wash bag. I used my Paul Smith Mini series wash bag on the beach, remember it’s all about versatility.
…so what do we think on the man clutch? Will you be trying one, or not?