So, we’ve said our goodbyes to the summer season. Heading steadfast into the last quarter of 2021, many of us are looking for the best fall and winter finds—the most fashionable versatile pieces within a price point we can digest.
Even if the fêtes must remain small amid a persisting virus, there’s something about getting dressed in holiday attire that warms the heart. And to get dressed properly means to bedeck oneself in stellar accessories, not the least of which is a great gold clutch, a handbag that makes a lustrous statement without being bulky or dysfunctional.
This petit sac will add a festive touch to any look and be easily repurposed to match day-to-night, semi-formal and evening looks throughout the whole year, making it the ultimate party bag. That being said, if you’re wondering what this wardrobe staple costs, you’re in the right place.
Read on to learn how much a great gold clutch costs.
The most fashionable
Besides a great pair of shoes and carefully curated jewelry, there’s really nothing like a stylish designer handbag to complete a look. And while there have been fewer opportunities to dress up with trendy accessories, it’d be a crime to wholly neglect these items much longer.
Gold hardware, handbag chains and supple metallic leathers have progressively been making more frequent appearances at fashion week since fall 2019. You can find a slew of styles that feel more or less feminine and polished, from Bottega Veneta, Fendi and the like.
Bottega Veneta’s Chain Pouch bags, priced roughly between $3,600 and $4,100 depending on the specific style, are having a big moment right now. I love any version in beige because it artfully combines the brand’s soft leather and glossy gold hardware—an unexpected approach to neutral accessorizing.
The brand also offers its fashion-forward Pouch bag in two sizes in the color Oro, for a fully metalized leather look that’s best suited for the evening. The larger bag, which measures 18 x 38 x 18 centimeters, will run you $2,500 before sales tax. The smaller one, which is 13 x 22 x 5 centimeters, is priced at $1,450. Both can be used as either a clutch or shoulder bag.
If you’d rather opt for supple leather and clean lines, Stella McCartney’s Fabella and Falabella styles, priced somewhere between $800 and $1,300, are sublime options. You might also consider gold beaded clutch purses or more structured mini bags with interesting detail, such as Judith Leiber’s Slide-Lock Box for $2,000 or Oscar de la Renta’s Mini Tro for $1,900 to $2,300.
The most functional
Designing with intention is so important—that’s what it means to shop for fashion items that prioritize functionality. To check this box, look for bags that are roomy enough to hold your phone, keys and wallet, and perhaps even lipstick or chapstick. They run the gamut in terms of price, but there are a couple that I feel are made exceptionally well.
The first is Loewe’s slouchy Flamenco clutch, a cult favorite this season. The designer doesn’t offer a classic gold version, but the style in yellow for $2,450 is just as functional and versatile, and perhaps even easier to dress up or down than any accessory in a metallic finish. Crafted in Spain from supple mustard leather and lined in suede, the mini version, priced at $1,950, offers just enough room for necessities like your phone and card case or small wallet. It also has an optional strap to convert it to a crossbody.
The second is Bottega Veneta’s Mini Pouch in Buttercup. A clutch with the option to be worn as a shoulder bag, this bag offers a single compartment with a magnetic closure to keep your belongings (phone, keys and cardholder) sealed away. It comes in the brand’s signature Intrecciato-woven leather finish for $1,750.
The most versatile
A great gold clutch bag is the thing that sets, or perfects, your look, and it’s hard not to love something that pulls your look together again and again, don’t you agree?
Then again, perhaps this point is subjective. If you love following trends or have a penchant for metallic hues, then the best handbag for you could be the one that suits each need separately, e.g., for daytime, semi-formal and evening.
If metallic leather isn’t your style, you might consider other neutral tones with gold accents. Khaite’s Aimee clutch for $1,260 and Miu Miu’s Belle Nappa Mini-Bag for $1,790 in these cases.
Each brand and design has a unique appeal and value. Something I say pridefully is that the brands and items noted above are very well-made, as they use techniques cultivated over many years with the best materials—from beads to metals to leathers—sourced from all over the world.
From an aesthetic perspective, each has its own that’s rooted in unique creativity and innovation. Again, like most accessories, a great gold clutch, and an ideal price point, is subjective—defined by the wearer’s needs, personal taste and willingness to spend. In looking to purchase a gold clutch, think about the shapes that appeal to you most, the outfits you’d like to finish off and the size to best accommodate you. Those criteria, along with the price range you’re most comfortable shopping within, will help you narrow down your search and ultimately guide you to the perfect gold clutch.
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George is a Southern California-based designer and craftsman who designed his first pair of shoes in 1994 and began honing his craft thereafter. For over 20 years, he’s operated his namesake brand, Esquivel, which specializes in handmade shoes and accessories. In the last decade, George served as Creative Director of renowned luxury bag and luggage brand Tumi Inc. and as Creative Consultant for Italian heritage brand Fratelli Rossetti, and has collaborated with many others for his own brand. George was a 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, and has been a CFDA member since 2010. When he’s not working alongside his team of artisans at his atelier, Esquivel House, in Downtown Los Angeles, George is enjoying time with his wife and high school sweetheart, Shelley, and their three grown children. He also loves mountain biking and hosting good friends for dinners and fêtes.