The Lauren 1980 – Bottega Veneta

A few weeks ago, I received an SMS. Ferragamo was on sale! I had my eye on a pair of nude shoes, so that evening, husband in tow, we walked to UB City, a beautiful mall in Bangalore which houses Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and a few other top-end brands.

Unfortunately the shoes I wanted were not on sale, so I decided against making a purchase. I tried on a few other sale items, but the ones I liked were not available in my size.

We left Ferragamo and stepped into Bottega Veneta. And there, my eyes fell on this beauty: The Lauren 1980 clutch, named after Lauren Hutton. I sat with my husband at the coffee shop outside, and did a quick google search for reviews, but surprisingly, didn’t find many. Anyhow, I didn’t really need reviews to tell me that I loved it, because I had held the bag in my hand, felt the soft leather, and was in love.

We finished our coffee, retuned to the store, and I left with a small bag and a large smile 🙂

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The Lauren 1980

Since I have bought this beauty, I have carried it a lot  – both during the day for lunches, as well as out at night. It has proved to be very versatile for a clutch.

Here are some of the reasons I love it:

  1. It is large (7.1*11*3.1 inches), hence practical, and can easily fit my phone, spectacles, sunglasses, keys, pen, small make-up case. I’m over the age of 40, and need to carry my reading glasses with me everywhere. While I can manage without them… damn! It’s a pain! So a larger clutch works great. I have a couple of other small clutches, and it is nice to have this as an option.
  2. The quality of the leather is smooshtacular. It is soft, so durable, and looks amazing.
  3. I received a lot of compliments when I carried it. My friends instantly recognised it as a Bottega clutch – which, I guess, is good? Although different from the usual BV clutches, the criss-cross weave is unmistakable.
  4. It looks like a pouch – and there’s something vintage and old-fashioned about it which I like.
  5. It is also the perfect size to tuck under your armpit without it doing the disappearing act. So you can keep your hands relatively free. In comparison, you cannot tuck box clutches under your arms without feeling uncomfortable.
  6. It is going to last a long, long time.
  7. I rarely carry my other handheld clutches because they fit so little! I keep them exclusively for parties. In comparison, I have already carried this about a lot.
  8. It can be dressed down because it’s not flashy, and dressed up, because the quality is unmistakable. Perfect for dates – and for that, “Hey, I’m not even trying!” look 😉 This ol’ thing?

(And what a fabulous thing!)

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Marc Jacobs Zip Clutch

I desperately needed a new wallet. My older one was falling to pieces, and it was anyway pretty useless. It was bulky, and my cash didn’t fit into it because the cash compartment was too narrow for my larger 500 or 1000 rupee notes. I could fit in a few 100 rupee notes, and had to fold in a couple of 500 rupee notes. It was totally impractical, especially since I always liked carrying cash with me in case of emergency, So I had to carry my wallet in a purse, and I always carried cash in the zipper compartment of my bag. Every time I changed bags, I needed to remove my wallet, my phone, my cash, my make up case, my sunglasses case, notebook, pen etc etc, and move it from one bag into another.

I decided I really needed a new wallet when I noticed that every time I was driving the car, perhaps to drop my daughter to a friend’s house, I also had to lug my bag around, even if it was just to be sitting in the car, because I needed the essentials, which were;

My drivers license

Credit cards

Phone

Some cash

So I started my hunt for a wallet that would accommodate all these things, and found it in the Marc Jacobs Zip Clutch.

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First of all, most LV wallets, which I was also considering, are triple the price and are slightly smaller in size (eg. the LV zippy, which was one of my choices). The zippy does not fit 1000 rupee notes. It may fit one note with some difficulty, but not if you’re just dumping them in.

The Marc Jacobs wallet is 8 inches, as compared to the 7.5 inch zippy.

I considered a bunch of other wallets too. In fact, I spent an entire week going through possibly every single website, trying to find the perfect wallet for me. And this was the one I zeroed down to. What can I say? I am in love.

I can use it as a small clutch, and as a wallet. It fits my iphone 4, my cards, my cash, including a bunch of 1000 rupee notes, and one small lipstick tube. Switching bags is suddenly so much easier. I also find myself carrying just my wallet with me all the time, because if I’m stepping out for a short while, it’s all I need.

It’s also something that looks good inside and outside the bag. It can be carried with you at night, even with a dressy outfit, and it makes a perfect clutch.

My husband got it for me at Barneys for 395 USD, plus tax. It’s a third of the price of an LV Zippy, and is much more versatile as it also doubles up as a clutch, and like I already said, it holds a lot more.

I did a lot of research on the durability of the wallet, and many users have written about how they have enjoyed their zip clutches for a number of years.

The leather is gorgeous. It is soft, and the quilted  pattern on the back makes it look rich and luxurious.

There is a flap at the back which I use for sales receipts. There are 12 credit card slots, and there are two bill compartments, There is also another zippered compartment in front along with two small buckled pockets. These compartments are great for small important slips of paper which you don’t want to lose track of, like little credit notes.

 

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It’s also super-stylish. It doesn’t scream the brand and is a high-quality and practical item that will last for years.

I read somewhere about it being heavy, but I haven’t found the weight to be an issue at all. If you have a bag which is anyway heavy, then this will add more weight to it. It is heavier than your regular wallet though, so keep that in mind. My bags have always been fairly light, so adding a marginally heavier wallet is not even an issue.

In a nutshell, it is FABULOUS!