One of the most crucial accessories to accompany you this holiday season — from Thanksgiving dinner to company Christmas parties — is inarguably the clutch. It’s a relatively small thing that can pack a big punch.
A whole lot more glam than lugging along a stuffed tote to parties, this piece can make an outfit (check out Charlotte Olympia’s charming model) and also efficiently stow away crucial necessities like lipstick, cards, and a phone. Whether you're inclined toward something elegant and classic or edgy and hip, there’s certain to be a bag here that will satisfy you through the holidays and beyond.
Since launching her line of sparkly and downright fab clutches, Brett Heyman’s Edie Parker label has been a hit among the clutch-wielding socialite set. This style is made of sturdy acrylic and coated in zigzag lines of silver glitter. $1,595. 18 East 69th Street; 212-288-1338; fivestoryny.com
A Chinese takeaway container is the inspiration for Charlotte Olympia’s satin-crepe clutch, though her design is unquestionably far more luxe. The playful motif has various insects frolicking across, and the magnetic-fastening top flap is an ingenious touch. $1,295. 660 Madison Avenue; 212-826-8900; barneys.com
Never one to shy away from drama, this fringed beauty by Michael Kors has a python design and opens to an amply sized canvas interior replete with multiple pockets. $2,695. 101 Prince Street; 212-965-0401; michaelkors.com
Oscar de la Renta’s Goa box clutch is as lovely at your side as it is as an objet d’art on the shelf. It features gold embellishments on a black satin base, topped off with a gorgeous cabochon closure. $1,695. 772 Madison Avenue; 212-288-5810; oscardelarenta.com
Since starting her eponymous label, Stella McCartney has continually imbued her pieces with wit and charm. The delightfully named SuperStellaHeroes bag is no exception — it offers a spaceship print on an eco-friendly leather alternative. $1,090. 112 Greene Street; 212-255-1556; stellamccartney.com
The fall collection from Anya Hindmarch is a brilliant exercise in turning basic items into tongue-in-cheek accessories. Her Daz clutch is modeled after a detergent container, and is crafted from cherry-red leather with a suede lining (handily kitted out with three card slots). $1,295. 795 Madison Avenue; 646-852-6233; anyahindmarch.com
Kotur’s Espey clutch features eye-catching stripes and a hand illustration printed on soft satin and embellished with red crystals. Its black-white-and-red color scheme will easily pair with any evening ensemble you plan to wear this holiday season. $460. 754 Fifth Avenue; 212-753-7300; bergdorfgoodman.com
Our childhood self — and, admittedly, our adult self — is swooning for this Snow White-festooned pouch by RedValentino. We love the pop art-infused graphic element of the design, and also that it is large enough to stow a tablet. $510. 821 Madison Avenue; 212-772-6969; valentino.com
The Bag of Tricks pouch from House of Holland is furry and wonderful to hold. The hot-pink shearling hue will make you smile, and the polka-dot wristlet will allow you to simultaneously hold your cocktail. $220. 35 Howard Street; 212-219-2688; openingceremony.us
The De Manta clutch by Alexander McQueen is as lovely as any of the label’s iconic dresses. The silk-satin piece appears to be made of ruffled layers, and is roomy enough for a lipstick, credit card, and even an iPhone 6. $450. 747 Madison Avenue; 212-645-1797; alexandermcqueen.com