Purse & Clutch Blog

Versatility: Styling the Fold-over Clutch

Color Block Clutch Purse

Hey Y'all! Anna, the apprentice here. I am taking over the Purse & Clutch social media platforms this week and we are kicking it off today with a new blog post highlighting the versatility of our fabulous Fold Over Clutches!

April 22, 2014 by Jen Lewis

Exploring Social Capital

Bowling Alone Review

Have you ever started reading a book and had to stop after the first chapter? Not because it's not good, but because it's SO good you have to pause to let the ideas settle in and do their work? Well this book, Bowling Alone by Robert D. Putnam has been just that. 

So far (in the first chapter) it's been discussing the idea of social capital which, according to Putnam, is "connections among individuals - social networks and the norms of reciprocity and trustworthiness that arise from them"

April 15, 2014 by Jen Lewis

What Exactly is Ethical Fashion?

As we're hard at work this week working to put on what I personally think will be one of our best events yet for Austin Fashion Week I've really enjoyed exploring the ins & outs of ethical fashion. How many forms of ethical fashion can you name? 

What first comes to my mind is natural materials, fair trade sourcing, & re-using materials. 

I've been delighted to discover that there's so much more!

April 08, 2014 by Jen Lewis

I put down my phone, just as I was told.

Creative Charity Initiatives

I recently stumbled upon a thought provoking awareness campaign around providing clean water and adequate sanitation to children in need around the world. 

The UNICEF Tap Project has partnered with Giorgio Armani to donate a day's worth of clean water for every 10 minutes you don't use your cellphone.

Intrigued, I went to the website to try it out.

April 01, 2014 by Jen Lewis

Let's talk about Plastic Bags.

Plastic Bag Waste

Plastic bags were first introduced in grocery stores in the late 70s.

Now, according to reuseit.com, the average American family uses 15 plastic grocery bags each trip to the store which adds up to over 100 billion bags a year (statistic as of 2009). NRDC.com estimates that the average American family uses about 1,500 plastic bags a year. Each reusable bag can eliminate hundreds of plastic bags.

March 25, 2014 by Jen Lewis

It's the Little Things...

Fair Trade Coin Purse

Recently, I've been enjoying noticing the emergence of Spring.

The tree just outside our apartment went from itty bitty green dots to ½ inch leaves overnight with the help of a steady rain. 

The way the patch of sun warms me up despite the cool breeze. 

March 18, 2014 by Jen Lewis

Adventure Accessories

Leather Saddlebag Pouch

Spring is so close we can almost taste it! And with the great weather we've been having in Austin this week, we're already starting to feel antsy for adventures.


March 11, 2014 by Jen Lewis

The Friendship Economy (Or, How to Bring Back the Mom and Pop)

This week, we have a guest post from Trevor Boehm, cofounder of #imightneedthis, an app that lets people buy and sell directly over Instagram. Purse & Clutch will be hosting our first Flash Sale with #imightneedthis TODAY at noon.

This will happen every Friday at noon and you'll see some really crazy sales - like $40 OFF - of our most popular items.

Since there will be only one Flash Sale item available, you may want to sign up before noon so you can be sure to be the one to snag the deal!

March 07, 2014 by Jen Lewis

Brand Highlight: The Village Experience

Fair Trade Cotton & Leather Wallets

The Village Collection is a fascinating combination made up a Travel Company and Women's Accessory Artisan.  They believe that traveling the world is the best education and host Yoga retreats in Haiti, Cultural Experience in Guatemala and Kenya among other offerings. 

March 04, 2014 by Jen Lewis
Tags: Artisans

Melissa goes to Cambodia

Cambodian Fair Trade Artisans

My dear friend and colleague, Melissa Chapman, designer of the amazing jewelry line Stone + Smith mentioned to me a while back that she would be spending some time in South East Asia. Since I've not had the privilege of traveling to Cambodia, I thought I could at least live vicariously through her and connected Melissa with one of our longest partners, Sapbay from Craftworks Cambodia. 

She's graciously agreed to reflect upon her trip and give us a glimpse into the lives of these artisans we've been proud to support since 2011. 

February 25, 2014 by Jen Lewis
Tags: Artisans