J. Renee gives a classic flap purse a retro makeover with the Alene.
I'm not always a fan of gold purses, but J. Renee gets the color right here. It's rich without looking brassy, something we don't often see at this price point. The soft haphazard pleats make the metallic satin seem like liquid gold.
While the color elevates it, the Alene could have blended into the background if not for the jewel accent. While this decoration gives the clutch a point of difference, I'm not sure it was the right design choice. The faceted amber jewel surrounded by tiny glittering rhinestones takes me back to the 70s. However rather than appearing retro it just seems a bit dated.
J. Renee redeems itself with the smart shoulder strap though. Rather than adding a flimsy silver chain, as so many labels do, J. Renee's used more faille. This soft fabric will feel much more comfortable against bare shoulders than the metal alternative. It also gives the Alene a more cohesive look.
The Alene isn't perfect, but for $85 it represents value for girls who embrace vintage fashion.
More Features of This J. Renee Faille Clutch
- Magnetic closure
- Jacquard lined interior
- A fabric strap with a 22 inch drop
- Measures 5.5 x 13 x 2 inches
- Made in China
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