Steal vs. Splurge: Fringe Movement

A few months ago, I lost total control and blew my weekend getaway on an haute Katherine Kwei handbag. In case you’re not familiar with the New York-based designer, Katherine is known for creating signature fringe-like leather shoulder bags, totes and clutches like the one shown here (they look like they’ve gone through a paper shredder). While a tad pricey ($125 – $2150), these wearable works of art are worth the investment.

imageCan’t stomach the thought of spending that much on shoulder candy? Don’t sweat it… I found the perfect low-cost substitute: this multi-colored leather fringe clutch from Latico (a.k.a. the LeCirque). While it’s not as polished and doesn’t have the intricately curled “eternity knots” along the bottom, Latico’s recession-friendly number is a tad roomier and the wooden handle is an added bonus. Priced at only $97, why not purchase one in solid black and brown too?

Steep: Donna evening clutch, $610, visit Katherinekwei.com for a list of retailers

Cheap: LeCirque multi-colored leather fringe clutch, $97, available at amazon.com (also comes in solid brown and black)

Which clutch do you prefer? The steep or cheap style? Don’t be shy… share your thoughts with the Fashion Junkie community!

 

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