Clutch vs. Pouch

Have you ever looked in that glass case at Neimans and wonder why those tiny McQueen clutches are a minimum of $2,000? Or Judith Leiber “bags” (more like figurines) can cost over $5,000? Although small in size, designer clutches do not come cheap. Contemporary ones can be under $1,000 (or close to it) and designer goes way beyond the $1k mark. So I have a secret to let you in on where you can get high end clutches for way less.

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It all started with this 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch (thanks to The Cut for snapping this pic at NYFW). I was in love the second I came across it but because this collection was so unique and highly talked about, I thought it would be pricey. When I saw the price tag I was pleasantly surprised. Not saying it was cheap by any means, but very reasonable for such a large clutch. Then I started doing my research realizing this is not a clutch at all…it is a cosmetic case.

Just a few weeks ago I was browsing the Co Op floor at Barneys and came across this Alexander Wang clutch (seen here). Again, was not expecting it to be under $300 but lo and behold…it’s a pouch, and not a clutch.

So what’s the point of all this? If you’re on the hunt for a designer clutch but don’t want the high price tag, look for the zip pouches or cosmetic cases by your favorite designers. You don’t have to sacrifice size or style…and I promise your wallet will thank you. All of the ones I found below are under $600 with most under $300.

 

 

Comments

  1. Very true! I’m always on the lookout for designer pouches. I recently found a leather pouch at J. Crew for $50 that I use as a clutch.

  2. This is such a great post!!! Love the selections!!

  3. you are a brilliant genius. this is amazing!

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