The perfect ‘occasion’ handbag
by Kathy Witt
Just as there is a handbag for every outfit, there is one for every occasion, from concerts to cruises to cavorting with a canine.
Clearware Bags ($59-$89) steps in as the perfect accessory for concert-goers who need a see-through bag in order to gain admission into many event venues, and travelers who want to lay their hands quickly on passport, boarding pass or smartphone without having to dig around their purse – and run the risk of holding up the line.
Handcrafted in the U.S. with high-grade PVC trimmed with nickel or gold tone hardware, the leakproof Clearware Bags are welded – not sown – for strength, structure and sturdiness. An interior phone pocket can do double duty as a slot for a game or concert ticket, making it scannable without being removed. Choose between two size options, classic and cross-body, with interchangeable straps for multiple looks. Straps come in leather and nylon, with each style offered in several color options.
Dog lovers, rejoice! The DOOG (that’s Dog Owners Outdoor Gear) Walkie Bag ($34.99) brings elegance and utility to a walk in the park.
“I designed the DOOG Walkie Bag as a fashionable alternative for those who take their dogs to social settings like shopping or coffee shops, the grocery store or on longer walks,” said founder Jessica Knight.
Insulated and waterproof, the canvas bag fits comfortably over the shoulder and allows a dog’s human to store essentials like smartphone, wallet, keys and other items. An ingenious tissue box-style opening on the front of the bag, embellished with an embroidered pup, lets users discreetly access DOOG scented and lined waste bags. The Walkie Bag also features a striped lining and water bottle/tennis ball holder and comes in several colors.
Perfect for moving confidently and stylishly from the office to an evening outing, the KUSSHI Clutch Cover ($69-$109), handcrafted in Europe, is a quick-change artist that is also an ideal accessory to bring along on a cruise for a formal night handbag. And it takes up virtually no space in bag, backpack or brief.
Offered in both fabric and soft calf leather, accented in gold-plated hardware and offered in a variety of colors, the clutch cover conceals a durable and washable travel makeup bag that snaps in and out of it. Tuck makeup, brushes and toiletries into the organizer, fold the fabric liner over it and snap it closed. This creates two pockets in the clutch for stowing evening essentials, including a smart phone.
A zippered pocket on the clutch cover interior discreetly holds cash or credit card and a magnetic closure keeps it firmly together. A dust bag is included.
Is it a luxury micro purse or a minimalist key wallet? Keysie ($38-$68) is actually both. Handmade in Massachusetts, this handstitched leather accessory invented by Karen Kearsley looks like a tiny purse, but it performs a mighty task. Keysie keeps keys at the ready with a clever strap design construction featuring a clasp on the top and a keyring on the bottom – especially crucial when personal safety is a factor.
Besides eliminating fumbling for keys and preventing misplaced keys, Keysie has a hidden pocket beneath a secured flap closure that holds up to four cards. It can comfortably hold three car remotes plus five or so keys and conveniently clips to a purse, housing the keys within so as not to scratch your handbag. Keysie can also be clipped to a belt loop for when you want to go hands-free, but still need keys and cards at your fingertips.
As entertainment venues, sports organizations and schools continue to implement clear bag policies, Clearware Bags steps in as the fashionable choice.Photo: Clearware Bags
The DOOG Walkie Bag was designed by Jessica Knight, who wanted a stylish bag to wear to social occasions and outings with her dog in tow.
With the KUSSHI clutch cover, you can snap your brush organizer in and convert it to a go-out handbag.
Karen Kearsley created the Keysie to solve the problem of misplacing keys and cards.