hit the clutch

Could someone please explain to me why a handbag the size of a small handkerchief can cost $2,000? Or, perhaps more importantly, why anyone would pay it? I can understand, when you count the cost of dollars-per-wearing, how one could justify a fine Chanel bag: It can hang off your arm every day for a decade and never go out of style. But we’re talking about evening bags here, which—conservatively speaking– might see the light of day (or night) 20 times a year.

In my book, here’s the job description for these mini purses:

1)      Must look gorgeous in the hand. Satin, beading, ruffles, mesh, flowers…it’s all good.

2)      Must fit a cell phone, a credit card, cash for the valet, coat-check stub, mints, and a lipstick.

Bonus points if it has a tiny chain strap that allows you to dance and mind your money at the same time.

The price of gold from Jimmy Choo: $899

Sold on gold: $64 by BCBGMaxAzria; www.6pm.com

My foolish valentine from Judith Leiber; $2,195

I heart this one by Whiting and Davis; $101.25 at www.ebags.com

At $935, this Leiber bag will keep you in the red.

Jessica McClintock's red-tag special: $24.99 at Macy's

Tory Burch's emblematic clutch: $350

A sign of the times: Antonio Melani for Dillards...$58.31

Little bag, little price–makes perfect cents to me! Wishing you all a wonderful and bargain-filled New Year….

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