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Amazing Arm Candy

Bag ladies all over the country are rejoicing. Never have they had it better! From monogrammed mini bags to vegan wristlets, vintage Dior saddle bags to embellished clutches, Leiber to Lulu Guinness, this festive season handbag ladies have an abundance of labels, shapes, sizes and themes to choose their arm candy from.

Reigning Royalty

Ethnic and royal are always great handbag choices for Diwali. You will feel like a maharani with the array of embellished evening bags from Chennai’s ‘The Mojo Studio’. Elegant box clutches and bohemian potli bags exude luxury this Diwali, with rich fabrics and intricate embroidery. The accessories’ brand that has a fan base across the country creates unique, handcrafted clutches. Founder and creative head, Minakshi Rathi tells us, “Our new collection is about elegant and timeless pieces with hand embroidery using zardosi, thread work, kutch embroidery and appliqué. The design aesthetic, I understand best is using traditional Indian elements with modern mediums.” We recommend Minakshi’s box clutches for Diwali parties. Offset an opulent brocade kurta with an embellished box clutch in gold; choose a black fold-over clutch to wear with an LBD for a card party.

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Conversation Starters

The current crop of trendsetters in fashion all agree on one thing – that there are no rules! So choose to make a statement with an evening purse that literally makes a statement. Quirky clutches were British designer Lulu Guinness’ bestsellers with cheeky sentiments announcing “You can be too rich and too thin” and more. Other designers following the kitschy theme include Sophia Webster and Edie Parker whose clutches can say anything from a profanity to the wearer’s name. Be cautious when accessorizing with these though; they tend to overshadow the outfit so pick a pretty color and an outfit to match.

willowConscious Fashion

You could also choose to carry a completely cruelty-free purse made from a sustainable material like the classy indigo and navy wristlet from Chennai vegan brand ‘Arture’. Arture uses cork to make their beautiful bags and are firm believers that beauty and fashion need not come at the cost of a life…we agree. Designer and co-founder Shivani Patel recommends their sling bag in nude and red. “This style is a mix of creativity and style; the removable strap on the bag transforms it from a purse to a clutch. An ideal gift for the woman who loves AM/PM styles, this bag will take her from the boardroom to her night out with that perfect flair of style this festive season.”

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Shibi, like the song in ‘West Side Story’, is oh so pretty, witty and bright! Modest too, but we can discuss that later. A Chennai native (34) who now dwells in the capital, there is nothing she loves more than a good story. Except for a good handbag. A self-professed shopaholic with impeccable taste, the young women’s rights lawyer and mother was ‘discovered’ by an Indian Express editor in Chennai at a famous boutique eight years ago and she has not looked back since. Fashion writing allows her to combine her two greatest loves and Shibi has been published in The Hindu, the Indian Express, Femina, Scroll, Bodahub, Hi-Blitz Magazine and many more. A militant optimist, Shibi abhors armchair activism and suggests that everyone ‘Be the Change’ instead of complaining about Modiji. Or run for POTUS – anybody seems better qualified than Trump. She also loves animals and has orchestrated many a doggy/kitty rescue; her most fervent hope is to see the status and treatment of both animals and women improve in India and the world over. Also, she requests you to RECYCLE and to REUSE. Climate change is real, people. Jai Hind!