To be totally honest, I never use the word “clutch” to describe “a slim, flat handbag without handles or a strap.” To me, “clutch” is what a baby sloth does to a stuffed giraffe. Or it’s a part of a car that does something (I have no idea what). Those little flat bags that you can carry under your arm? I just call them pouches. I also don’t usually carry them under my arm, I tend to cram them full of little things that would otherwise get lost in a bigger bag—then I put the pouch inside the bigger bag, and when someone asks who has a Band-Aid or a Magic Eraser or disposable wipes, guess who pulls out one of a dozen pouches in her bag and comes to the rescue? Yep—this girl.
So since no amount of pouches/clutches/zippered bags/wristlets (I’ve never said the word “wristlet” out loud) is ever enough, here’s my current wishlist!
1. Jen Hewett / Simple Patchwork Foldover Clutch
2. Hansel From Basel / Polka Dot Envelope
3. Kertis / Lines Clutch
4. CORIUMI / Geometrical Illusion Pouch
5. Wood & Faulk / Continental Wallet
6. Gap / Perforated Clutch
7. Lee Coren / Monarch Butterfly Clutch
1. oelwein / Graphite Zip Pouch
2. Gap / Stripe Straw Clutch
3. Urban Outfitters / Large Textured Pouch
4. byMART / Cream and Orange Foldover Clutch
5. Urban Outfitters / Small Pouch with Audio Hole
6. Lee Coren / Confetti Print Black Clutch
7. Kertis / Modern Art Clutch
1. K IS FOR BLACK / Just My Type tote
2. Leah Goren / Black Cat tote
3. Baggu / Duck Bag
4. Whitney Museum / New Identity tote
5. Andrew Neyer / Tote Bag™
Last night I went to dinner with Evan and our very cool friend Rena, and we were discussing (in the context of Evan’s guitars) at what point a “collection” becomes a “situation.” I believe the number Rena proposed was 12, which means that I have indeed surpassed the point of having a tote bag collection and amassed (several times over) what really can only be described as a tote bag situation. I’m not sure how this happened, exactly. It definitely wasn’t intentional. As someone who pretty much always prefers the un-fancy things in life when it comes to wearables, tote bags just always seem to be the right answer. It’s easy to double (or triple) up if you need to, they’re perfect for carrying manuscripts on the subway, they don’t add extra weight to your load, and you can toss them in the wash when they get grimy. They also satisfy that ancient desire to silently express oneself to strangers through printed slogans, something I otherwise miss out on as a non-wearer of tee shirts.
A question for the ages for those of you with tote bag situations: How do you store them? I presently have five or six tote bags hanging from coat hooks and door knobs at any given time, and the rest are folded in half and stashed in a bin in the closet. This isn’t ideal, though, since I can’t easily access the ones on the bottom and many go forgotten and unused as a result. My tote bag-loving friend Lisa keeps hers on a long, horizontal hook, which seems pretty smart to me (I’d need several several hooks, though…)! I wonder if there’s not an even more practical solution I’m not thinking of, though. Any ideas?
1. Hansel From Basel / Zig Zag shopper bag
2. Atheist Shoes / Ich Bin Atheist tote
3. Lee Coren / Black screen-printed tote
4. Fieldguided for Summerland / Wild Heart tote
5. Lazy Oaf / Garfield tote
When Julie saw that I’d bought this triangle-print day bag from Bookhou, she said, “If you were a bag…” And she’s totally right. Really, “old bag” jokes aside, this is me in bag form. Aside from the perfect print (which I blogged about in tea towel form a while back), the size is ideal. I have a reputation for dragging around huge, heavy bags that make my back feel miserable, so I’ve been looking for a smaller, cotton bag for days when I expect to be walking around a lot but want something fancier than a tote. This is exactly it.
Of course, now I also want the matching loop scarf (thanks to Victoria, who knows an Anna-scarf when she sees one!), and maybe also this beautiful pouch to store the iPad I don’t have…
Speaking of Bookhou, have you seen founders John and Arounna’s Toronto home in the latest issue of Covet Garden? It’s every bit as lovely as you’d imagine it would be.
I can’t stop thinking about this bag. I keep going back to look at it again and again. Want, want, want, want, want. Unfortunately, even with the sale price and a discount code, it’s still $353.28, which is about $303.28 more than I should even be thinking about spending on anything right now. Sigh.
Thanks. I just needed to get that out of my system. I LOVE YOU, WOMEN’S SLOUCHY PERFORATED LEATHER ZIP HOLDALL! Someday, somewhere, somehow, I know we’ll be together. If only in our dreams.
My friend Janet keeps complaining about having to see that tile photo day after day, so I figure I had better put something new here!
That’s worth it, right? It’s my new Orla Kiely bag, and it holds everything and looks great. It was one of those purchases I just had to hold close my eyes, hold my breath, and say “GO!” for, but I have no regrets. Happy, pretty. (I want this one, too!)
Oh, and guess what? Our plumbing work in the bathroom is officially starting THIS FRIDAY! Finally. We also have a landscaper coming that day to assess our yard and figure out how much it would cost to demolish our back porch, put up a new fence, take down a tree, and remake Carin Goldberg’s garden. I have a feeling he’s going to see that photo and ask us why we want a prison yard behind our house!
p.s. It wasn’t freezing cold today! I wore ballet slippers (no socks!) and didn’t suffer. Is spring really coming this time?