Product Spotlight: The Clutch Wallet

I tend to think through my designs extensively in my head before getting them down on paper; imagining different iterations until I settle on what I think will be the final version. From there, I prototype to test angles, usability, measurements, etc. until I reach a design that feels right. I always want the leather goods I create to be something you'll reach for again and again because it goes with many things in your wardrobe, makes a classy statement, and has great everyday functionality built in, too.

The Clutch Wallet is one of the most versatile Maragold Designs pieces. It can be used in your tote bag for a day at work, quickly accessible to run out for lunch. You can easily grab it on your way out the door to run a quick errand, can use it on its own as a clutch for date night or a night on the town with your girlfriends, and can even dress it up for weddings and other events.

White Leather Clutch Wallet Dressed Up for a Wedding

My personal favorite way to use it, due to my love of traveling, is to hold all of my travel essentials in my carry on bag. It fits all of the cards and cash you'll need for your trip along with your passport and boarding pass. Anyone else haphazardly throw their ID, passport, and boarding pass into the black hole of their carry on when schlepping through security or am I on my own here?

White Leather Clutch Wallet Styled for Travel

Functionality aside, let's talk about the materials and process. The clutch wallet was the very first thing I made and fell in love with as the anchor for the Maragold release. I love the minimal, clean, sophisticated exterior and the pop of color and texture when you open it to expose the Portuguese wool. The functionality can't be beat and it truly feels like a unique and special piece that screams Maragold. Each one is a labor of love, taking 2-3 hours to cut, glue, machine stitch the wool interior, hand stitch the leather, and finish the edges.

I launched the website with the black, white, and taupe clutch wallets initially which are made from lux Italian vegetable tanned leather from Tuscany. Simply put, it's some of the best of the best - and I only want the best for you. You can read more about vegetable tanned leather here. It's the type of leather that will show marks, develop a patina as it ages, and become softer and more supple the more you use it. It truly inherits a part of your story and develops a unique personal expression that you'll fall more in love with every time you use it.

Vegetable tanned leather is tanned with natural tannins found in plants and no chemicals are used in the making of it. The leather is by-product of the food industry and it decomposes at the end of its lifecycle like any organic material. And it's from Italy which is a huge (biased) plus for me. If you haven't guessed it already, I have an incurable obsession with Italy. It's where I discovered my love for leathercraft, learned more about myself and gained confident independence, and is part of my heritage. And the food is really good too...

 

Close Up of Wool Interior of Metallic Leather Clutch Wallet

 

Vegetable tanned leather is tanned with natural tannins found in plants and no chemicals are used in the making of it. The leather is by-product of the food industry and it decomposes at the end of its lifecycle like any organic material. And it's from Italy which is a huge (biased) plus for me. If you haven't guessed it already, I have an incurable obsession with Italy. It's where I discovered my love for leathercraft, learned more about myself and gained confident independence, and is part of my heritage. And the food is really good too...

Taupe and Beige Leather Clutch Wallet Interior

The wool on the inside is there not only for aesthetic purposes but because of its flexibility, durability, and to protect your items from scratching. I've expanded on the history a bit here. It's fascinating and given the industry's recent "comeback" I really feel honored and lucky to be one of the designers that figuratively (and literally if I could) bellows their love for it from the mountain tops.

The Clutch Wallet is a gem. I hope you love it as much as I do and that it becomes a staple in your wardrobe for years to come. Be sure to share (#mymaragold) how you use it once you've snagged one yourself!

Update: since this post was originally written, some limited edition leather clutch wallets have been added to the assortment in a unique distressed slate blue, light pink saffiano leathermetallic pebbled leather, and sleek embossed black.