Favorite Evening Bags by Michelle Potthoff

Evening bags are meant to be small – an accessory to hold your money, identification, lipstick and keys.  Obviously a large handbag at a black-tie event is a fashion don’t.  A small black evening clutch is an investment that  should enhance your look.  Some I recommend for certain occasions:

Black-Tie:  Judith Leiber handbags are expensive at $1,500 to $5,000, yet they are pieces of art worthy of display around the home when not worn.  The minaudieres are handcrafted with Austrian crystals, and carrying one increases the glamour quotient. Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe designed a collection for Judith Leiber, and San Francisco beauty Vanessa Getty was featured in a Judith Leiber ad campaign.


Elegant Dinner:  VBH makes simple, envelope-style clutches in colors that compliment evening gowns or evening denim. These are simple clutches that range in price from $850 to $14,000 for exotic skins such as ostrich or alligator.  Gwneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Sarah Jessica Parker are just a few of the fashionable celebrities spotted holding VBH, and locally Sobia Shaikh is a frequent user.


Casual Night Out:  Lauren Merkin clutches, from $150 – $250, are the right size for nights out and the quality is superb. They are available in a wide range of solid colors and a variety of prints.  Lauren Merkin clutches are classic wardrobe musts for casual nights on the town.