The search for the perfect clutch—one that translates from jeans and a tank top to a night on the town—can leave even the scrappiest shopper down for the count. Oftentimes, these little numbers are either too dazzling to warrant everyday use, or so ill-designed they may as well be relegated to gathering up your spare change.
In response, up-and-coming designer Marjori Seril delivers a one-two punch with her Knockout clutch, striking a critical balance between flash and functionality. This chic-meets-rough-and-tumble trophy piece is handmade in L.A. using only the supplest imported leather and high-end hardware from Italy and Japan, merging a distinctly street-savvy silhouette with luxe materials and artisanal production. Possibly deterred by the Knockout's prodigious price tag? Take note: this spring, the Met's Costume Institute inducted this bag into its permanent collection, giving it heavyweight couture cred that just don't come cheap.
Seril Knockout clutch in black leather, $448, available in Los Angeles at Scout, 7920 West Third Street, 323-658-8684, and online at www.seril.net.
The Knockout clutch proves itself worthy of its name.