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Clutches from my travels

Since moving temporarily to Viet Nam, my family and I have done a bit of traveling.  And every time I go somewhere, I see clutches.  They are tremendously popular in Asia and the styles run the gamut and can range from $5 to hundreds of dollars.  Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of every clutch that I saw.  Sometimes I would forget my camera, or my camera ran out of batteries.  Many shops do not allow cameras so I couldn’t sneak a snapshot in many times.  In every Asian country I’ve been to, all the shop girls stick by you like that Pretty Woman scene where Julia Robert’s character is in the shop and the girl is thisclose to her.  I also lost a trove of photos from our Hong Kong trip, but here are a few snaps of clutches from my travels.  I hope this variety will inspire you if you are ever in a creative rut.

**This just added.  I forgot these lovely mini leather clutches sold at the Emperor’s Palace gift shop in Tokyo, Japan.**

Coin clutches in Hong Kong. These were made with faux leather and appliques. They were quite good but I didn't like the small kisslock balls. Hard to open.

Evening clutch in Tokyo, Japan. This was quite expensive and handmade. It was in the boutique's main showcase.

Evening clutches from another shop in Tokyo, Japan. These were priced around $100 USD. Really nice variety for evening wear.

Coin clutches in Tokyo, Japan. Made from sequined fabric. I love the bead trim. Priced around $15-20 USD.

I hit the motherlode in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This specialty store sold evening wear and clutches. I was able to sneak in one photo before being hollered at. "NO cameras!" These were quite pricey and didn't look like there were many sold since these are special occasion clutches. The delicacy of the crystals and fabric and the bulkiness of some made them not very functional to me.

A flamingo clutch at The Bird Park gift shop in KL, Malaysia. The inventiveness of this clutch was quite evident.

I really quite liked the symmetry and shape of this one. It's cute and functional.

Did I mention that the panda is my favorite animal? I checked one thing off my list: I got to see real pandas (in Hong Kong) for the first time. This lovely panda clutch was well done, but again, the small kisslock made it awkward to open. There's a cute lion one behind it as well.

On the cheap end was this coin clutch. It was poorly made and quite stiff. Not functional at all. Shame, really. I liked the look of it though.

This was a nice mid-range price clutch. The strap was a bit long but the silk-like fabric had lovely pale pink blooms. Clutch in Malaysia.

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April 12, 2012 - Posted by | Winn's General Updates | , , , , , , , , ,

9 Comments »

  1. Hi Winn,
    I cannot find a link to email you, so hope this works! I entered my password to view the Snappy Wallet Clutch PDF at least 6 times and it isn’t opening. Right before that, I entered the password to download the 2012 clutch update and it worked. Can you help me, please?
    Thanks!

    Comment by Miranda | April 21, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Miranda- Convo me through your order and I can help. Please note that the Clutch PDF is a different tutorial than the Snappy Wallet Clutch PDF so they have different passwords. Thanks!

      Comment by Winn | April 21, 2012 | Reply

  2. Coming from London clutches just aren’t for me – I need something big enough to carry an umbrella in lol – I think my nephew would quite like some of the more playful ones for kids though!

    http://www.styleonthecouch.com

    Comment by styleonthecouch | April 19, 2012 | Reply

  3. Thanks for the photos of the vast variety of clutches, from the dressy to very playful (for kids and teens I guess). Certainly provides inspiration for new designs. Thanks!

    Comment by Catherine Burton | April 12, 2012 | Reply

    • Great! I’m glad you liked my post. I will be snapping some more from other locales as well to show the variety. Clutch-making in the US is still in the infancy stages. You hardly see clutches in shops and boutiques. Women in asia are carrying clutches when they go out. They can be quite hip and fashionable with their accessorizing.

      Comment by Winn | April 12, 2012 | Reply

  4. I love them. I wish I could have a pattern for the clutches on pic # 5; from the right they were black, pink, gold and fushia.

    Comment by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 | Reply

    • Those are lovely, I agree. They are far more intricate to make and the style and fabric prevents frequent usage though.

      Comment by Winn | April 12, 2012 | Reply

  5. These are SOOO beautiful! Makes me wish I had some satin and chiffon to work with right this minute!!! :-)

    Comment by HMDDesigns | April 12, 2012 | Reply

    • I know, right? Try it and let me see!

      Comment by Winn | April 12, 2012 | Reply


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