Clutch was created by Cousins, Anita and Luisa in 2015 based in the City of Brighton and Hove in the UK.
We could never really find our perfect handbag on the market, they were either plastic, made of cheap tough Leather or had the unnecessary gold attire.
As creative Italian people and with a handbag and leather obsession we could no longer suppress the urge to design and make our own bags. Having children that were now growing up we felt we needed to concentrate on making our dream become a reality. Our aim was to start our own handbag label “CLUTCH” and create designs we would love to own ourselves.
Probably always meant to be that Two Brightalian women would end up making handbags!
We started in an unused summer house, converted it into a workshop flooded with the amazing smell of leather, where we then started to create beautiful bags from start to finish, but not without plenty of teething problems and obstacles along the way!! Determination, perseverance and not to mention our on/off love affair with our heavy duty lethal sewing machines and Leather knives! Each time we made a mistake we were even more determined to improve and get it right next time. Also, spending time away learning from handbag guru’s and with some expert advice from our lovely suppliers on the way for help. Blood, sweat and tears…… each bag getting better than the last.
We lovingly hand pick all our ethically sourced Italian skins from leather merchants in England. With our fascination with buttery soft leather, we always select amazing colours and textures too. You have to feel them to believe it!
Our bags have their own good leather characteristics. The natural properties of leather/hides mean no two products are the same. Each bag is individual and unique and reflects our time, effort and devotion. Some may have wrinkles, blemishes and random scars but we feel this only adds to their charm. We are proud of their quirky identity. This inspired “CLUTCH” our personal urban, rocker style using a raw edge detail, too beautiful to cut off and throw away!
When people stop us in the street and ask where we bought our bags, it”s been an amazing feeling to tell them “we make them ourselves”.
The interest and feedback have been amazing and word is spreading. Finally, we are ready to share our bags.
We now have an extensive collection of beautiful one-offs. Shoulder bags, Clutches, Cross body and Tote bags. We hope you love them as much as we love designing and making them for people like yourselves that appreciate handcrafted handbags made with Love, Passion and devotion.
Please enjoy browsing through our collection.
If there is a bag you love but not necessarily for example in the colour you would prefer then please do not hesitate to contact us as we may be able to make the handbag to your specific preferences at a small additional cost or make a bespoke bag for you. If you have seen a bag that has been sold then please do not hesitate to contact us as we can make a similar one for you.
Anita & Luisa x