I enjoyed Lauren Merkin's distinctive pleated clutch purses when I first discovered them, but her formulaic designs became tired pretty quickly. So I'm thrilled to see her working with Michelle Fantaci, a designer who's breathed new life into the label with bags like the Essex.
While it's still a clutch purse, The Essex is much sleeker than most of its counterparts. Its snake printed leather is one of the most convincing impersonators I've seen. I love the subtle gloss that the designers have given the skin. It's eye-catching but not overdone, perfect for an evening on the town.
The snake embossed leather is complemented by unusual golden hardware accents. These metal details work with the curved box shape to give the Essex a chic, retro feel.
The interior is simple but serviceable. It's strictly for essentials only, but the box style means you can use all the space on offer. It's a little disappointing that the chain strap isn't detachable, but at least the thin serpentine chain won't take up a lot of space.
Lauren Merkin might still be in a design rut, but at least she's managed to enlist some quality creative talent. No disrespect to the firm's creative director, but the Essex might be the best thing to come out of the Lauren Merkin label!
More Features of This Lauren Merkin Snake Printed Clutch
- Magnetic snap closure
- Made of snake embossed calfskin
- Measures 4 x 7 inches
- Made in United States
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