Wednesday Wants…. Mary Katrantzou clutches

I remember hearing the name Mary Katrantzou for the first time, many fashion weeks ago (and wondering how the devil to pronounce it, or spell it!), and I remember thinking ‘here’s something fresh’. Ever since, I’ve paired the name with fun, original and quirky prints, as well as awesome colours and shapes. So, when I heard that the Central Saint Martins graduate had launched a range of clutch bags based on those same fantastic digital prints, I was desperate to see them.

I’ve not been disappointed either…in fact I want them all. No surprise I know, but just look at these beauties…..

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Sorbonne printed leather pouch, £490, NET-A-PORTER

I love me some vintage stamps with birds on. I have stacks of them stashed in my studio, and love making jewellery out of them. So it’s no wonder I’m in love with this vibrant ‘Sorbonne’ print, and would happily carry by stuffs and things about in it.

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I adore this blue print, another postage stamp design printed onto the gorgeous ‘Kathmandu’ pounch. I also love the soft leather and the ‘shove it all in’ size, which would will easily hold an iPad, small laptop, and all your other bits and bobs.

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Pound printed leather pouch, £490, NET-A-PORTER

This one has to be my favourite though. Made again in luxuriously supple leather and lined in super-soft cotton-twill in a stunning shade of green, the ‘Pound’ pouch is just so incredibly pretty and clever. I’m crazy about this print, even though I’ve always found our sterling monies quite dull compared to the notes in other countries. I’d be delighted though to carry this around.

What do you think? Like the over-sized clutch idea? And what about these crazy prints….wonderfully wearable or for dressing up only?
Ems x
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Wednesday Wants….. Is it a snow globe? Or is it a hand bag?!

As you know, I rarely tame my list of ‘wants’ back to fewer than three, but this week I’m just so taken with one thing that I’m not going to have a list at all. When I saw this clutch bag earlier today on the Selfridges Instagram feed, I just couldn’t believe how amazingly wonderfully incredible a thing it was….and how I wanted it SOOOOOOOO much!

The Marano Snow Globe clutch by Anya Hindmarch is pretty enough to look at even before its amazing secret is revealed. Like lots of the collection, it has an elegant, rounded finish and a rather retro clasp. But look closer, and you’ll see that as its name suggests, this clutch bag is also A SNOW GLOBE!!!!

I mean, as if it wasn’t enough that I adore hand bags so much…they had to go and combine my passion for fashion accessories with my obsession with all things glittery and Christmassy! The central panel of the bag forms an integral ‘globe’ inside which are hundreds of tiny Anya Hindmarch bows and stacks of ‘snow’. The globe is backed with a glitter inlay, and the whole thing is crafted from a gorgeous midnight blue 100% silk satin, covered in glitter. The lining is a beautiful cream suede, and there’s a little slip pocket for your phone or lippy.

My over-excitement doesn’t end at the bag though, as the packaging is a delight too! Made to look like a box for a toy, it asks ‘SHAKE ME’ and rather resembles the packaging for a gimmicky toy from the 80s. I love the way it’s been branded, and can imagine that finding it in your stocking would be almost too much joy to bear.

At £895 I don’t think I’ll be owning it any time soon (although if someone would like to send it to me as a gift, do please feel free), but that won’t stop me obsessing over it. I would LOVE to get my hands on one, even just to have a proper look at it….and to shake it to see the snow storm of course!

Ems x