Sleight of Hand


The season of office parties, neighborhood get-togethers, and family dinners is just around the corner. And there are some parties that I already know I’ll be leaving early. When time is of the essence, I prefer a bag that doesn’t need to spend the evening in coat check – or worse, buried at the bottom of a pile in a closet or guest bedroom.


Clutches are wildly underrated, but essential for party season. Not only do they get you in and out without any fuss, but they’re also easy to store and usually come with a more accessible luxury price point. Which means I can indulge my binge shopping urges with less guilt than usual.


When it comes to the subtle art of dressing for a quick exit, a clutch that’s actually easy to carry around all night is key. In this case, there’s more to the bag than the embellishments and finishes – it’s all about the handles and the straps. These pieces are coming in clutch.


BOTTEGA VENETA BV Rim small matelassé leather clutch, $1,550


Paco Rabanne Lozenge Pocket 69 , $950

BALENCIAGA Shells satin clutch bag, $1,690


MAE CASSIDY Semi-of-Pearl embellished silver-tone clutch, $345



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