Can We Please Move On?

Written By bryanboy

Can We Please Move On?

Like many of you, I like to look at things I can't afford both at stores and at online shops. Things like gorgeous handbags in different skins and leathers.

I also like to think I pay attention to details… small details like this rectangular metal clasp that's been going on for quite some time now. I dunno why but I always cringe whenever I see this clasp on a beautiful, well-crafted handbag.

Chloe, Fendi, Chanel, Lanvin handbag clasps

(From top to bottom: Chloe New Louise shoulder bag, Fendi watersnake Peek-A-Boo bag, Chanel quilted flap bag, Lanvin python Happy bag)

I'm sure that clasp style has been around for ages, nothing new

For a sum of money that is equivalent to a month's (or two) rent to
mortals, you'd think some of these houses would design something that's
unique to their brand but no…

Chanel's been using it on their 2.55 reissue bags since February 2005 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the original quilted 2.55.

Lanvin's been using it too for several seasons now that it's fast becoming one of their accessory signatures… but Fendi and Chloe? Don't get me wrong — the Chloe Louise bags (I like to call them the baby Hermès Constance) are soo chic it hurts!!!

Emilio Pucci used that clasp, too! I'm a big fan of Pucci; they make ferocious bags….

Emilio Pucci bags

All of them are gorgeous bags alright.

However, for my money's worth (money, what money?), I just wish they
offered something new and something UNIQUE to their own house.

Just my $0.02.

That's all!


  1. don’t ask me what….

    i’m not a designer, thank god!

    it’s their responsibility to come up with something new and something fresh.

    design + quality is what people should be paying for and not just the label!

  2. Too right. The only interesting bag closures I can think of were those Alexander McQueen clutches (lip shaped one) where you put your fingers in like you would a bowling bowl.

  3. The tendency at the moment is to copy the most successful bags – trying to emulate that success because bags are real money-makers for a company. This is clearly a homage to Lanvin & Chanel! I have kept a Lanvin clasp from a bag which died years ago, because it was too beautiful to lose. It was a clasp with the Paul Iribe drawing of Jeanne Lanvin & her daughter (you know, the Arpège logo?) cast in metal. I need to make a belt buckle out of it, one day!

  4. I guess striving for newness is not as easy as it can be demanded. And, as Marc Jacobs said it in his latest show, too much newness makes newness itself feels less new.

    Are the designers running out of ideas? I doubt that. I think they’re just trying to exhaust one idea until the majority of their customers get bored and actually demand for a new one, by whatever means possbile, before actually moving to a new idea.

    This is also an experiment. If the design stays as customers’ favorite then it’ll become a house signature, like Chanel’s quilting on the bags. It would’ve been easy for Lagerfeld to play with the bags. But had he done that, we wouldn’t have been able to recognize and individuate Chanel as easily as we do today.

    Even when Marc Jacobs does all sorts of things with LV bags, the monogram remains. And had Jacobs followed the demand for change down to the most minute detail every season or more, then it would’ve been impossible to characterize a design as an LV.

  5. I agree 100%. Why pay upwards of 2K for a bag that looks like everything else? I love originality and the Chanel clasp is the last time I have seen any steps forward…

  6. There are millions of things you can design to function as clasps and look totally unique in terms of design… I agree BB, they are just lazy bum bums when it comes to this part of the bag, enough embellishment, more structure and form please.

  7. The clasp is known as the “Mademoiselle lock” in Chanel jargon.

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