When it comes to clutches, I love them most when they come in modern shapes and quality materials. The shape of the Berlingot Céline Bag fits my mostly minimal aesthetic, so I thought it would be a perfect DIY for today. Using leather from my favorite leather source, the Leather Hide Store, I chose a sturdy optic white leather. I thought white would work best against my black wardrobe and leather is a more seasonless material than the felted wool of the original bags.
DIY Triangle Clutch right this way…
The simple structures that Pheobe Philo creates for Céline, both in her clothes and accessories, have a complex simplicity that I find fascinating. A few months ago, I tackled the leather knot bracelet from the Spring 2013 Céline runway, and today, I’ve moved onto one of the more structural clutches for Fall 2013.
For this project, I teamed up with Kyson Leather, one of the leading leather providers in the United States. Based in North Carolina, the family owned business sells wholesale priced upholstery leather to the public. With thousands of qualities, in every color and exotic skin pattern you can think of, its hard to believe that everything is made from cow hide. Their leather quality has great structure, which is perfect for this project. I chose to use the Ivory Gator quality, I loved the color variation in the skin. Their customer service is fantastic, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you don’t see what you want on their site.
This isn’t the first Clutch DIY featured on DeSmitten, but its been a while so I thought it needed a bit of an update. Envelope and fold over clutches are still a street style staple, and to catch the attention of the photogs it’s all about the leather color and quality. I chose to use a mustard yellow suede (hint: I just used the back of the leather hide) and in the fashion of all things athletic, I used a perforated black leather for contrast.
The hottest accessory of the season, a simple bright clutch, is a must have for every girl. But what price will you pay for this look? $160-$180 for a Claire Vivier Clutch, $95 for a Comme des Garcons Clutch, or $50-$68 for an American Apparel Clutch, … Well I am here to show you how to make it for around $30! Inspired by this post, I decided to make my own. The key is to finding a sturdy leather in a bright color and buying about 2 square feet (or a small hide) and an exposed metal zipper with colored zipper tape. Simply cut 2 squares of leather measuring about 12 1/2″ by 12 1/2″ (this leaves 1/2″ for seam allowance). Cut 2 small strips about 5/8″ wide to finish the zipper at either end. First sew the zipper to top edges with 5/8″ strips at either end of the zipper. Leaving the zipper slightly open, finish sewing the other 3 sides of the bag together and turn inside out…. and you are set to walk out the door! Here is my finished product….