Traditionally the sartorial choice for royals and the elegant evening wear, the clutch made its debut in the 1920’s, when dresses became even less voluminous. The suffragettes had plenty of pockets sewn into their skirts and between pockets and reticules, also know as the‘ ladies pocket exposed’ with this practical hand’s free approach women seemed to have their belongings under control.
Then came the flappers.
Slinky silk gowns or short flapper outfits couldn’t accommodate pockets as seamlessly as their predecessors. As FIT professor Ellen Goldstein-Lynch, tells “Nobody wanted anything off of their shoulder or arm because it took away from the silhouette of the clothing.” Socialites would take to stuffing all their belongings into, for instance, cigarette cases, which did not look all that great. So a new accessory tailored to the outfit was desired. introducing the clutch.”
The royal clutch decoy.
Expert William Hanson told the Daily Mail in January: “The Duchess of Cambridge may well prefer not to shake hands with certain people — but there are other ways to achieve this, as used by The Queen and other members of the royal family, then opting for a clutch over a bag with a strap.” He continued: “It is a protocol that you do not extend your hand to any member of the royal family (blood royal or those who have married into the family) unless their hand extends first.” So if you ever wondered why royals are often spotted carrying clutches, now you know.
But my favourite story is how princess Dianna used her clutch. According to Anna Hindmarch, Every formal event Dianna attended, the royal predictably carried a small clutch in her hand, matching her gown to a T. The tiny purses couldn’t fit more than a lipstick, but she toted them anyway for another particular purpose. Handbag designer Anya Hindmarch regularly helped the princess with accessorising after she opened her Chelsea store in 1993″We used to laugh when we designed what she called her ‘cleavage bags,‘ little satin clutches which she would cover her cleavage with when she stepped out of cars.”
The modern clutch
The clutch has become a daytime classic accessory, contemporary and minimal, wearing a clutch during the day makes a different type of fashion statement to the oversized handbag. Clutches are unfussy and are not hooked onto a body part, like a shoulder crossbody or elbow, and this can make you feel more carefree. When you need both hands, just pop your clutch under your arm.Clutches are also kind to your neck and shoulders: and the more extensive clutch will hold all your basics, and on that note, They force you to carry fewer items.
Check out our Nicky clutch, a great size with a removable ribbon sling that folds neatly into the bag, available in leather and ostrich shin and springbok hide. When you are running around and popping under your arm does not work, you can hook up the sling. Going out, need to look more modern? The reverse will change your look from day to night.