This is not a clutch: The art of Nathalie Trad

Born in Beirut and raised in Dubai, where she still lives and works, fashion designer Nathalie Trad confesses to « a strong penchant for asymmetric designs ». The designer loves « to take classic shapes – ubiquitous in our natural environment – and radically transform them, deconstructing and redefining the boundaries of fashion aesthetics. » A design ethos which translates into one-of-a-kind clutches made of wood, hammered copper, mother of pearl, shells... The Fashion designer studied in Paris at Esmod international and in New York, at the Parsons School of Design. Her newest collection (she debuted her eponymous brand in 2013) is titled « Cipher 1.61 », which she describes as her own «visual interpretation of the universal geometric order. ».

Clutch, Tom de Vrieze : Twist and shut

Des voeux sous la forme d'un clin d'oeil pour celles qui ont eu à expérimenter sacs et autres pochettes inappropriés aux (grandes) occasions, pendant ces Fêtes de fin d'année… Le designer Tom de Vrieze nous a envoyé les images de son petit sac baguette Clutch. Comme précédemment avec son fauteuil Fashion Felt (en collaboration avec son complice du studio de design Fox & Freeze, James van Vossel), Vrieze a minimisé l'emploi de matériaux : une feuille de mousse isolante couverte d'aluminium, quelques agrafes, et le tour est joué. Ni bouton ni anse, la torsion le maintient fermé. Poids total ? 5 grammes… Best wishes and a tribute to those who may have suffered an accessories malfunction on New Year's eve… Designer Tom de Vrieze just sent us the pictures of his Clutch purse. Once again, as he did with his Fashion Felt chair, Vrieze (along with his accomplice from Fox & Freeze design studio, James van Vossel) has drastically reduced the list of materials - down to a single sheet of foam (alu-foam, the floor foam underlay kind), stapled together. Voilà! No button, no handle, you just have to twist it shut or untwist it open. Total weight? 5 gramms…