YEA or NAY: Rauwolf Architectural Clutches

Posted on March 11, 2013

We won’t be drearily conventional and chauvinistic by claiming that all women do, but one thing we know for sure: our Bitter Kittens just love to talk about accessories. Y’all can’t help yourselves if we put up a whole bunch and ask you your opinion, bless your hearts.

Now, we’ll grant you, these aren’t exactly everyday bags and we think it takes a bold lady in a bold outfit to make one of these really sing, but we kinda dig them all. Let’s go fantasy shopping, ladies.


Gold Degrade Sputnik Clutch

Black Ovangkol Orbit Clutch

Blood Brutalist Clutch

Sapphire Classic Faceted Clutch

Black Explosion Constantinople Clutch

Amethyst Mirrored Orbit Clutch

Silver Emerald Cut Gemstone Clutch

Blood Shalimar Clutch

Sapphire Brutalist Clutch

Grey Venice Clutch

Van Eyck Green Shalimar Clutch

Silver Constantinople Clutch

Gothic Brown Emerald Cut Gemstone

Amethyst Venice Clutch


Our question, as always, is a simple one, darlings:


Rauwolf Fall 2013 architectural clutches: YEA or NAY?


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  • Mexxoo

    YEA!!! Gorgeous!!

  • melanie0866

    Yea.  I wants the purple one.

  • Yea Yea Yea – especially first, second and third.

  • Nicole Chubb

    I want to buy one just for display. So fun!

    • Me too! they are gorgeous!

    • Louise Bryan

      I would have to buy one strictly as a home decorative item; if I ever carried one out of the house, I can guarantee I would lose it inside of an hour.

  • imspinningaround

    YEA!  The Brutalist references really shine through, but don’t feel so severe because of the eye-catching colors. My only quibble is that the smooth, shiny, flat surfaces will show every fingerprint.

    • carolie_king

       Rich people don’t have fingerprints.

      • demidaemon

        That’s what a great pair of gloves are for!

  • JosephLamour

    If I can afford it, I will buy that Sputnik Clutch and I will go to brunch with it. I don’t care.

    • CPK1

       I’m taking mine grocery shopping

      • DeborahJozayt

        I’m gonna have me some kids and take them and my bag to the PTA meetings.

        • taking mine to the jail… since i can’t afford one of those

          • Can I sit next to you? Since I can’t afford one either. 🙁

    • Bravo!  You go ON with your stylish self.  Its the Blood Brutalist for me. Emphatic Yea!

      • JosephLamour

        Yes! We will go to brunch together with two other gays and start our own gay Sex and the City. Tom, Lorenzo? LOL

        • I’m Soooooooo in for this!

        • Elaine Lang

           I will purchase the iTunes Season Pass for this show sight unseen.

          • JosephLamour

            Then, I will direct you to the kickstarter when it becomes available. LOL

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

         When we do our drink and dish in SF, you bring the Brutalist and I’ll bring the Black Explosion! We’ll look so fab!

        • JosephLamour

          When you said SF I thought of the trip I’m taking there next month… is it wrong to kiiiiind of want a Tom and Lorenzo regulars meetup?

          • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

             No. You guys are becoming my reason for getting to SF!

          •  Mkay then, all the more reason to come a callin’ on Babylon By The Bay.

          •  I have suggested just this thing more than once!  I would in fact, happily host such an event in my humble abode

          • leilah

            I’m in!!  (Oooh, what to wear …)

        •  TOTALLY!

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

       Ohmuhgawd. Just went to her site and they have a wood Orbit Clutch. Now I have major covet!

    • I’m going to use one to carry my lunch.

  • lexilexi

    They look like they’d make good weapons, if necessary.

    • StellaZafella

       My thought exactly…”These would do some real damage in a bar fight.”
      And they’re prettier than a gun.

    • Kristin McNamara

      That’s what I was going to say! They look so….. DANGEROUS. And not like in the “make YOU seem dangerous” kind of way. But as in actual weaponry. hahaha

  • ankali

    YEA, a thousand times YEA! These are beautiful, though some of them remind me of an Elizabeth Taylor perfume bottle. Love the Gold Degrade Sputnik and both the Blood and Sapphire brutalist clutches.

    • sojourneryouth

       I agree.   I simply love them all, which is rare for me, as I am not that into handbags.  I would rock each and every one!

    • Sobaika

      I was going to say the same, a few look like perfume bottles.

      My favorite is the green Shalimar clutch. So gorgeous!

      • UsedtobeEP

        Mine too, because the Arnolfini portrait is my favorite painting. I wonder if that is the Van Eyck ref—the green dress. Love it.

    •  Definitely perfume bottles. But gorgeous ones. I wonder what sort of djinn would come out of a brutalist clutch?

      • All I can see when I look at them is perfume bottles.

        • watchmeboogie

          Ah, I replied the same thing before seeing this chain. Agreed! They’re gorgeous, though.

  • lobsterlen


  • YEA! These are spectacular.

  • j_anson

    YEA, and also YAY. I have nowhere I could wear these, but I’d happily put them on my shelf and admire them.

  • iheartbuffy

    # 2 please. Greatest flask/cigarette case EVER.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Everyother one is a yay or nay for me… interesting.  I’ll take Black Explosion Constantinople Clutch

  • sablehunter

    Totally impractical but totally awesome

  • VioletFem

    YEA! Especially, Gold Degrade Sputnik Clutch and the two brutalist clutches. 

  • Love Amethyst Mirrored Orbit Clutch. 

    • filmcricket

      The Orbit clutches are my favourites too. Can I keep the black one if you get the purple?

  • alyce1213

    Yea a thousand times.  It’s like sculpture, jewelry and fashion all together in a big gorgeous display.

  • carolynmo

    Oh, man, heck yeah!!! I adore every one of these–can’t pick a favorite.

  • YEA. Love these!

  • CPK1

    YEA!!!!!!!!! The amethyst one is MINE. I love them all with passion apart from perhaps the grey venice one but I am sure I could be persuaded

  • judybrowni

    On the whole, I’m anti-clutch. Shoulder bags all the way. However, for evening dress-up, yeah okay, I suppose.

    And it depends on the clutch:Gray Venice Clutch : Looks like a lunch box for minimalists.Forget the pairing of purple and red (Red Hat Ladies, I’m looking at you!)The Shalimars look squat, the Sapphire too damn complicated.Hell, the only ones I like are the least architectural (and gaudy): the gemstone and the Orbit.So I guess it’s a Nay.

  • gabbilevy

    YEA!! Or accurately, YAY!!! Gorgeous.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I want them all, and I don’t even like clutches (I find them impractical).

  • another_laura

    I like these as sculptures!  I’ll take a Sputnik, a Blood Brutalist, a Black Explosion and a Van Eyck (I’m trying to get how that is Van Eyck-y – can a sister get a reference??).

    • DeborahJozayt

      I would guess the green and blue from “The Arnolfini Portrait” would be the reason for the colors in the purse. Since almost all of his works are religious in nature, and all the cathedrals he painted as backdrops are the same shape as the purse, especially in “The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin”, the shape of his purse makes sense, too.

      • another_laura

        Girl, when you’re right, you’re right, that green and blue combo is very Arnolfini.  Love that the BKs have such cultural depth!

  • call_me_schmeg

    YEA!!! do you think they would get all smudgy with fingerprints? oh what the hell, i don’t care! love sputnik and the sapphire brutalist. 

  • Yea! Purple! Yes!

  • Alexandria Jackson


  • Oh, YEA.

  • CeeQ

    YEA! There were several that I loved! I prefer the ones with cleaner lines and less of the 3D quality but they are all so eye catching it’s difficult not to love them all =)

  • MilaXX

    YAY! I love a cute evening bag & covet every single one.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Love ’em. The Constantinople looks like you’re carrying around a big geode. Rockpicking anyone?

  • carolie_king

    Oh SO pretty.  

  • Dagney

    Yes to all.

  • Lilithcat

    Yea!!!  These are great.

  • Annabelle Archer

    Big time YEA.

  • BayTampaBay

    Not my bag! NAY!

  • Really cool, but I bet they are a pain to carry. Still, beautiful (if impractical). 

  • frannyprof


  • ccinnc


  • Elaine Lang

    Interesting to look at, but clutches…well, they don’t do well with me.    I can barely keep a crossbody bag on me (if my husband suggests a fanny pack one more time I will go Lifetime Original Movie on his ass), so I really couldn’t be trusted with one of these beauties.

  • IAmJ

    Fabulous! Love Black Explosion Constantinople.

  • Monday1900

    They’re all eh to me–I’d spend my money on a vintage lucite bag instead.

  • The good shapes and colors will sell out and the crazy ones will end up on Rue or Gilt

  • Rebecca Bledsoe

    YEA!!! And, I will take the Blood Shalimar Clutch, thank you very much!

  • SewingSiren

    Yea! They remind me of the fun bakelite bags from the 40’s and 50’s. The Blood Brutalist is particularly nice.

  • Judy_J

    I’ll never carry one, but YEA nonetheless.

  • *dies* I love them! 

  • yea! i want almost all of them!

  • rissa42210

    YEA, love them all.

  • Melizmatic

    Visually striking, for sure; if not very practical.


  • Meri Aust

    I don’t usually like clutches (too easy to lose for me), but Yea! I’d carry that Sapphire Brutalist clutch around like a goddamned baby.

  • miagain

    They look like glorious big bottles of perfume!!  
    Love them all!!!!

  • sockandaphone

    heck yes!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    It’s a gray and rainy Monday here in Metro Detroit, so THANK YOU, DARLINGS for the handy-dandy pretty. I loves them all!

  • Deb Oswald

    OH. YEA. BABY.

  • Beardslee

    YEA except, as someone with small hands, I don’t know if I could comfortably hold these.. ..Not that I could even afford  the clasp on one of these so I don’t even know why my mind coupled me and those clutches together.

  • crash1212

    YEA-ish. I love the single ‘level’ ones – not crazy about the multi-levels.

  • margaret meyers

    Leaving me cold — I don’t want to hold or carry them, or try to get my necessities in there.

  • YAY.  I will take the Black Explosion please. 

  • Imasewsure

    I think clutches are stupid and useless… but IN!! If you feel you simply must clutch something, these are cool

  • filmcricket

    YEA! Want, want, WANT, goddamn!

  • ballerinawithagun

    Yea! Dreaming of green Shalimar…

  • Indigo54

    They look like perfume bottles to me.  No thanks!

  • JasmineAM

    My GOD these are beautiful. Just my style, and would be in my closet if I had $$$$$. YEA!!!

  • zenobar

    YEA…I’ll take the Van Eyck Green Shalimar Clutch, please.

  • JanieS


    I’ll take the Sapphire Classic  Faceted, the Silver Emerald Cut, and the Van Eyck Green Shalimar, please.  

  • trisker

    I hate clutches, and I hate these especially.  They’re way too clunky to be comfortably “clutched”.  Plus you’d have to ONLY wear a conservative black dress or something  — they’re way too attention-grabbing.

  • tereliz


    I had to scroll through these really fast to keep from drooling on my keyboard and sinking into a depression. The black explosion, the shalimar, the amethyst… They’re all so amazing it makes me weep that I’ll never have an occasion fancy enough to wear one. Clutches and minaudieres have very little place in my life. God, that’s sad.

    IN. My dreams. 

  • siriuslover

    I really like them–except the first one. I don’t know why, but I don’t like that one. And I really like the green one (but maybe just because my middle name is Shalimar!).

  • Mistie Holler

    I’m seeing fingerprints all over the silver emerald cut clutch already. Even so, I think all of the bags are gorgeous.

    • JanieS

       Opera gloves, dahling. Opera gloves.

      • Mistie Holler

        Aaaah. See, this is why I can’t have nice things.

  • I desperately need the Black Ovangkol Orbit Clutch. It is perfect.

  • altalinda

    Yea!  Blood Brutalist for me.

  • maggiemaybe

    Yea! and Horray! Just beautiful.

  • l_c_ann

    I love them, just not as purses.  Can’t you just imagine them tastefully decorating a bedroom wall in a modern sparsely furnished home with a view of a major modern city?

    (As purses, I can see massive fingerprints where your hands have to grip hard just to hold on to flat very smooth surfaces.)

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    It all depends on the size (I couldn’t get the link to work).  If these are small clutches designed to function as little jewel-like accessories (like the Leiber minis), then they are fabulous…IN.  If they are larger clutches that are intended for actual functional use, then OUT.  I can only imagine the bruises I would have from banging into the sharp edges of these thing.

  • butter nut

    omg i want all of them!  

  • YEA! Especially the Shalimar clutches. How to play up a perfect LBD–some kickass shoes and one of these. Stylists will have to be careful what they match them with, but in a black ladypants suit on the RC, these would be killah.

  • LOVE these. Fantastic!

  • Kristy Evans

    YEA. Super fun and fresh.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    YEA, one of each please.  Thank you!

  • I love them! I’d never carry one, but I love them. 🙂

  • Bailey Debruynkops

    the 2 sapphire ones are STUNNING

  • big YEA from me! love all!

  • MzzPants

    YEA!  I love the Shalimar shape.  The whole line reminds me of beautiful perfume bottles.

  • Claudia Fernandes

    want them all!!!

  • Alexandra Simons

    Yea! Some of these would complement my Alexis Bittar jewelry quite nicely.

  • rainwood1

    Yea as architecture, nay on a clutch I would actually want to carry.  Some of those look like weapons!   

  • Tamara Hogan

    Drooling over the Black Ovangkol Orbit Clutch…as a tchotchke, not as a usable purse.

  • Le_Sigh

    YAY!  Lerve them!

  • Alyssa

    Yea! I like the Blood & Sapphire ones the best. These are beautiful & different clutches, and I would proudly carry one around if I could only afford it.

  • Yaysies!  I am in love with that green Shalimar clutch.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Fingerprints.  All over those shiny, hard, reflective surfaces.

    • The trick is to bring back evening gloves too. 

  • gsk241

    Absolutely YEA!  The Sapphire Classic Faceted Clutch needs to be mine.

  • Yes. Yes. Please. Yes.

  • sweatpantalternative

    Absolute yea. I never get very excited about purses, but these are just TOO rad.

  • Sunshine16

    Yea, but, alas…I simply don’t have anywhere to wear one!

  • Absolutely YEA!

  • f_yeah_marie

    Yea!  I love how some of them remind me of perfume bottles, which to me is not a bad thing.

  • Wellworn

    As a former vintage lucite purse collector, I say Yea!

  • joything

    All my lady bodyguards carry these.  They can do a lot of damage when aimed correctly.

  • Umm; they’re amazing.  No questions needed.  Yay.

  • Julie Fountain

    Oh Yea! These are all gorgeous! I’m loving the amethyst orbit. 

  • LadyCelia

    So much YEA!!!

  • 4JJ

    YEA! Clutches are the ensemble equivalent of the powder room in the home: a small place that offers a chance to be creative. (Okay, I DO know what we generally do in powder rooms, but you know what I mean.)

  • snarkykitten

    I couldn’t rock one, but they’re so visually interesting that they are an instant yea! but I guess your outfit would otherwise have to be minimal

  • editrixie

    I want every single one, not that I ever have a need for a clutch, but especially that last one. Phwoar.

  • Aly Light

    Clutches usually strike me as one of the most useless accessories (too small to hold anything much, no strap so your hand is occupied all night long…) but these are really gorgeous. I like the colorful ones best. 


  • Yea.  Hands down.

  • Molly

    YEA!!! Those are amazing.  

  • ChaquitaPhilly


  • Kate Lorenz

    Love.  This is what a bag should be.  Most bags look the same to me, which is why I haven’t been too interested in the fashion of handbags…but these are glorious.

  • Super-Yea! I want the first and Silver Constantinople clutch, please.

  • YEA.  I love everything here.

  • Yea! Yea! Yea! I want them all to line up on a shelf at home to admire every day.

  • PeaceBang

    Oh, you’ve got me humming “If I Were a Rich Man.” I hate when that happens. They’re stunning. 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    oh those are a YEA…..

  • Call me predictable, but I’ll take them all. The sputnik one has my heart even if I am too gauche to figure out how you actually carry it! (Other than on a platter, because, well…)

  • BrooklynBomber

    Absolutely. Especially the 2nd from the top, which has my name on it. How much tax is there on $2,410?

  • barbarienne


    I hate clutches because they are so impractical, but for some of these I would just bring the minimal essentials and put up with having one hand occupied all night.

    I didn’t mean that to sound as dirty as it came out.

  • YEA

  • Jackie4g

    YEA! But don’t drop it on a marble floor.

  • Yea. In love with Black Explosion Constantinople…

  • kimmeister

    YEA – I love all but about 3 of them.

  • Flora O

    YEA.  I love clothes and hats, but have never been very interested in bags or shoes.  These, however, make me drool.   Blood Shalimar is The One, but I’d take any.  I may be starting to understand why some women love purses.

  • nannypoo

    YEA. If I ever went anywhere I would carry any of these. For my actual life I could carry my stuff in a recyclable plastic grocery bag and everyone would think it looked just fine with my outfit. But in my imaginary life, yeah, I would have one of these clutches, an outfit to go with it, and a place to go. And a hot guy in a well-cut tux to take me there.

  • MoreShoes

    Hell, YEAH! They’re fab.

  • marilyn

    Yay.  Wonderful!

  • 1, 3, 5, & 6 please!  YEA-these are all gorgeous!

  • jorinde

    I’m going for Venice. 

  • ChiKat67

    I want EVERY SINGLE ONE.  Clearly need to find a sugar daddy or win lotto. YEA!!!

  • PastryGoddess


  • I got all excited at “architectural” because I thought they were going to look like actual buildings. Which I would love. But these aren’t bad.

  • YEA. Fun and eye-catching!

  • NoGovernmentName

    Love them but a little freaked out that one of them is called “Blood Brutalized Clutch.” Sounds scary.

  • peachy

    YEA — i’ll have one of each, please.

  • demidaemon

    YEA! I love the use of angles here–it’s actually something (seemingly) new and yet still aesthetically pleasing.

  • Melvis Velour

    Swoon….a YEA (from SxSWi no less) if there ever was one…

  • prettybigkitty

    YEA!!!!!  I’d have a hard time just picking one.

  • Aurumgirl


  • Calista14

    Yea,Yea, Yea, Yea,Yea, Yea,Yea,Yea,Yea, YEA!!! So beautiful.

  • I need every single one.

  • guest2visits

    There’s probably an outfit that would go with any of these.  I like the first 2 best. And the smaller silver emerald cut.

  • libraangel

    I LOVE ALL of these: please, T&L: send me one each – stat!

  • Sara__B

    Oh, YEA. 100 times YEA! I’ll take one of each (in my dreams).

  • littlemac8

    Grey Venice Clutch for me!  I wonder how big they are?

  • LaSylphide

    Love them all, but most of them look like they would be uncomfortable to hold for any length of time. Yea yea yea.

  • J. Preposterice

    oh. emmmm. geeeeeeee.  *makes grabby hands*

  • annrr

    Yay I’ll take the constantinople both colors, and the sapphire brutalist clutch.

  • Yes! Fantastic!

  • lizajane1776

    Oh, YEA! I loved each of the Shalimars, and that last purple made me drool.

  • poggi

    Love all of them.   I have a dress that requires the Amethyst Mirrored Orbit Clutch. 

  • Trisha26

    Nay. They look like perfume containers.

  • quiltrx

    YEA, of course.  Very Art Deco vibe here.  I’ll take one of each.

  • kategs

    Oh yea!

  • Beautiful in a giant perfume bottle kind of way…

  • RedRaven617

    Am I the only one who thinks they look like perfume bottles? Pretty perfume bottles. 

  • I’ll take #2, #5, #6, #9, and #11 please and thank you. 

  • Therese Bohn

    I think my hand would hurt after a while.  They do look like perfume bottles.

  • oh hell yeah!

  • myristica_fragrans

    gorgeous and creative!

  • bringbackbeatles

    Yea! Stunning pieces of art. If I had the money and the occasion, I would totally be getting one of those, but it would be a difficult choice.

  • mila_8

    Yea to all, though I think Black Explosion Constantinople clutch would get confiscated by TSA just for its name alone.

  • yay to the max

  • unbornfawn

    Gorgeous to look at and the perfect punctuation to a great outfit. I hope to see them with well dressed lady stars soon. Unfortunately, I won’t be needing any of the little bags.

  • boweryboy


    I’ll take a Gold Degrade Sputnik Clutch, a Black Explosion Constantinople Clutch, and a Grey Venice Clutch please. 

    Generous Bitter Kitten contact me directly for my mailing address.


  • Yes!!!

  • Yea! They are like large lovey gems. Really love the blood and sapphire ones.

  • Yea! They’re really beautiful.

  • fursa_saida

    A THOUSAND TIMES YEA. There is no chance at all that at any point in my life I will bother with clutches (who has one hand free to hold on to their purse constantly? Also, I would lose one in five seconds flat), but if I did, I would want these. Gothic Brown Emerald Cut Gemstone and Sapphire Brutalist for me, please and thank you.

    Oh, and Sputnik.


  • lilazander

    They look like parfume bottles, but rather the expensive ones, YEA!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Beautiful.  But can you imagine carrying this for more than one block anywhere?  Is there a handle?   What if my hand is all lotion-y and it falls down with a loud “CLUNK” and everyone turns and stares?  Worse, if it BREAKS?   Nope.  I’m not to be trusted with it.

  • Susan Collier

    Love. Reminds me of the 1950s lucite clutches that looked like they were made of crystal.

  • M Carlson

    Perfume bottles. That was my first thought.

  • I would like for these to become ridiculously trendy so that I can buy a knock-off please… ’cause there’s no way I could afford one and I really want one…

  • Interesting, but I’m going to say NAY.  I was expecting these “architectural” clutches to be based on actual architecture.  The only one that does so is the Shalimar clutch, which reminds me of the Air Force Academy chapel.  Otherwise, they look like sad enclosures for humans to be stuck in.

  • YEA, for sure. So many I’m coveting.

  • watchmeboogie

    They’re all big perfume bottles, no?

  • ninjac

    I looked on the page and when the drawing of the model holding the clutch all I could think was “Git your damn stinky armpit off that!”


  • oohsparkley!

    Yea!!! I want them all!

  • fashionzombie

    YEA. Also, YAY! Gorgeous!

  • not bad – they’re going to photograph weirdly though, no?

  • Daenyx

    If I ever carried a clutch, I’d want one of each.  

  • sweet_potato

    Yes. please.

  • n a

    So cool. Kinda Art Deco

  • red