Monday, 28 May 2012

Vintage Bags by Wilbur and Gussie

It's all in the detail and when it comes to Spanish-made Wilbur and Gussie's handbags and clutches, the brooch clasp is what makes the bag.  

Specialising in vintage-inspired bags, this company's signature style is characterized by the shiny (mostly) reptile brooches that are the centerpiece of the bag.  With bright colors in the most gorgeous fabrics, these are perfect for evening cocktail parties and can really make the outfit. 

A selection of Wilbur and Gussie bags on display at Fenwicks of Bond Street
They may seem flashy with their deep, vibrant colors but because they are small and quite slim they are really elegant.  They come with a wrist-strap so are both easy and light to wear. 
An elephant brooch on a silk navy clutch
There are three main sizes of the envelope-style clutch, including long slim baguette clutches which can be worn tucked under your arm. My favorite size is the larger size (26.5 x 15.5cm) because it can carry more than the other ones. 

It would be nice if these bags came with the option of substituting or buying additional brooches, as you can sometimes like a color or fabric of the bag but not the brooch.  And if you could change the brooch, the bag would be a different bag each time...

Price: Average prices are around £150, depending on size.

Where to buy: the bags can be found at selected retailers in the UK, including Fenwick.

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