A leather box bag with hand-stitched edges. Handmade, no doubt, and almost like the gorgeous hand-tooled bags that I sometimes find, but made elegantly simple even though it’s still quite casual. Behind, is its sophisticated sister from Italy, with a soft leather body and polished wood frame. Fabric lining and one inside pocket, with a metal zipper.
At noon and 1 o’clock, two smart little black patent handbags. Inexpensive and basic but, like those black ballet flats, they went with virtually everything and always looked right. Still do. I took them home because they’re in fabulous condition and such perfect designs.
At 5 p.m., the best white clutch purse for a summer evening. With the quality women came to expect from garments and accessories made in British Hong Kong, this one doesn’t disappoint. Even though it’s casual, with plastic ornamentation, the construction is superb. It’s also a fun find for me, because I own a classic handbag style in the same beaded material which makes it the companion accessory for day. Isn’t it cool how the clues always fall into place . . . . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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