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Purse we love: The new Céline Clasp

Céline’s Spring/Summer ’17 runway was dominated by a clear message — stylish simplicity for the everyday woman. This was Phoebe Philo’s approach to designing the collection, and it’s a given that the same spirit found a place in the accessories. You need to look no further than the Céline Clasp bag.

What defines mobility and ease more than having a carry-all to suit your needs? The Clasp comes in three distinct sizes, each incredibly versatile despite the seeming dissonance in form and understated design.

The Medium Clasp is perhaps the most straightforward of the three. It looks like a contemporary briefcase for a woman on-the-go — sharp lines, no-frills leather body, traditional double gusset construction, and a single top handle overhead a clasp closure. Merge those straight-laced elements together, and you get a graphic, ’50s-inspired bag that wouldn’t look amiss on the set of Mad Men, or around town today. Available in muted neutrals, bold reds, printed fur or alligator leather, there’s a rendition of the Medium Clasp for any taste.

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The Medium Clasp in black calfskin (S$5,400). (Photo: Céline)

Those not on the hunt for a corporate-ready bag can explore the other Clasp siblings. The Mini Clasp is a compact day-to-night bag perfect for carrying your bare necessities through shopping to a night at the club. Its cross-body strap makes it a convenient, hands-free option that is also extremely on trend, thanks to the fervent love for mini-bags right now.

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Your lipstick, phone and cards will find a nice home in the Mini Clasp, seen here in scarlet calfskin leather (S$2,800). (Photo: Céline)

The true standout of the range is the Clasp Cabas. While the Mini and Medium stick to standard size rules, the Clasp Cabas is an oversized beauty that eschews rigid structure in favour of soft form. Its exaggerated shape is tempered by slim straps, but still commands attention thanks to it being almost the length of one’s torso.

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The Cabas is big, bold, and yet effortlessly sleek. Seen here in gold sand calfskin (S$6,400).(Photo: Céline)

Whether you’re a sophisticated fashionista, or a classy working gal with a knack for in-your-face fashion, the Clasp Cabas should tickle your fancy. As a plus, this is a bag perfect for women who love carrying their entire lives in their purse (we’re guilty of that too).

Available at Céline boutiques.

Purse we love: The new Céline Clasp

Beatrice Bowers

Features Editor

Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.

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