Cocktail clutches are stepping into the light - they're no longer just for night. Designers are dipping into the candy box with a range of fun, unconventional clutches that will elevate any daytime outfit. Here’s a selection of five local and international designs for this season.
Lucy Folk’s Trawler Mini Cocktail Clutch
Made by hand in Hong Kong (which involves stitching together 1500 beads), Lucy Folk’s translucent clutches are inspired by a sugar cube. “Since launching it [in 2015], I bring it back every collection but mix up the colours – bright, pastel, block and so on,” says Folk. “The clutches were a lot more popular internationally and then slowly took off in Australia.” Over the past year, the label has sold more than 2000 of these confection clutches globally, accounting for five per cent of overall sales.
“They are unique, original yet fun and adventurous. The price point isn’t too high and you can match them back to any outfit depending on the colour,” she says.
The Trawler Mini Cocktail Clutch is part of the current Angler collection and retails for $275. The clear clutch is made with sterling silver, yellow gold plate and plastic and is trimmed with pastel pink, blue, orange and green beads. They last forever, too.
Georgia Perry’s Alphabet Soup Clutch
This Melbourne-based accessories label is drenched in colour. Perry’s contemporary designs span everything from pop culture to animals; she’s most known for her brightly coloured enamel pins of Kanye’s face and shiny fried eggs.
Pick up one of Perry’s Alphabet Soup clutches in black for $69, made from high-quality faux leather, with a digital print. There’s a detachable wrist strap for ease and cotton lining with slots for all your credit cards.
Sarah’s Bag’s Bonjus Orange
Since 2000, this Beirut-based label has been striving to protect marginalised women in Lebanon by offering them employment. A team of impoverished and imprisoned female artisans in Beirut is behind all of its production. In March this year, the label released a capsule collection of clutches made by Syrian refugees.
Known for Damien Hirst-style pillbox carry-alls, retro Walkman-inspired clutches, “The Future is Female” purses and “Just Married” silver evening bags, the bold typography has cheeky, empowering messages.
Our pick is the cotton, pyramid-shaped $50 juice box, which reminds us of enjoying Sunnyboys on the beach as kids. This conversation starter works day to night.
Cult Gaia’s Tortoise Ark
Launched in Los Angeles in 2012 by Jasmin Larian, Cult Gaia’s sculptural accessories have become a staple for summer sojourns. It was one of the first labels to take the wicker basket out of the farmers market, placing it on high streets everywhere.
A lot of the label’s success comes down to its original Bamboo Ark Clutch, which was inspired by a classic Japanese picnic bag with a curved arch-shape made from lightweight bamboo. It has now been converted into an acrylic version for $347 (in a range of colours including tortoiseshell), which looks great with floral dresses during the day and works well for date night too.
Olympia Le-Tan’s Psycho Clutch
French designer Olympia Le-Tan has started an international book club, re-imagining classic novels and films into surrealist clutches and accessories. Playing down a formal outfit with a witty clutch works well over the warmer months.
The handmade cotton box was dreamed up by the designer after watching Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller Vertigo on a plane. It’s made from black cotton-faille and is appliqued with iconic Psycho typography.
While this clutch is dear in price (it retails for $2103), Vestaire offers a wide range of second-hand Olympia Le Tan pieces for less.