Over the past few months I realized I was missing an essential accessory. A smallish black bag - ideally one that could be worn with a shoulder strap or as a clutch. I have a lot of clutches and bags with straps (several of them black) but they're either too small to fit what I need or too casual when I want to transition it from my everyday wear to something more dressed up. As someone who has loved all things Clare V - my flat clutches are go-to's - I wasn't too surprised that her 2017 Holiday collection included the bag I had been dreaming of. Called Flore, she's a hard-framed bag that has a gold chain strap that can be worn over the shoulder or tucked inside when carried as a clutch. What really made me fall for Flore - besides the vintage-inspired shape - was that it came in hair-on (aka calf hair). Elegant and fun but un-fussy...I obviously scooped her up and am excited to share her glory!
Along with the Flore, Clare’s other Holiday pieces were influenced by her trip to Africa with Every Mother Counts – specifically the vivid palette she experienced while in Zanzibar. Same minimalistic silhouettes Clave V is known for with a dash of graphic pattern, textures, and more. Each bag in the collection is lined with bright red canvas…a perfect festive pop!
Get to know the other Clare V Holiday bags: If you’re a girl who loves the clutch/shoulder strap option (sort of perfect when you want to be hands free or need a more minimalistic look) then you’ll love the Midi Sac Supreme (the croc embossed leather is beyond beautiful in the bold red) and the Colette Maison Crossbody. I’m really into the mixed stripes on the Midi Sac Stripe Crossbody and the Mixed Media Fold-Over Clutch and love that the same red and navy was incorporated in all the snakeskin embossed leather bags…check out the Midi Sac Crossbody, the Petite Henri Drawstring Bucket Bag and the Center Stripe Flat Clutch. Speaking of flat clutches, the Poppy Print Clutch and Star Suede Cluch are both examples of print perfection. More great pattern and texture action with an awesome chevron use on this Drawstring Pouch (love that gold chain strap) and the Marquis Foldover Clutch. I really think the size and price tag of the Croc Embossed Wallet Clutch makes it an excellent gift for someone!
When you have a great bag, it doesn’t really matter how you style it…you just need to pick a bag that you know will be versatile with your needs! Flora totally filled an gaping accessory hole I had. I’ve already taken her town and she’s just as great at a casual dinner with girl friends as she is at a more fancy dinner then out for drinks (and maybe some dancing).