Color is scarce in the winter months. Though most of us opt for dreary grays or bundled blacks while braving the freezing flurries, Sydney-based Respiro Studio and its newly launched collection of geometric clutches is hoping to change that. With two distinct styles that play into the revival of ’90s-era acetate, resin, and tortoise shell, and colors that range from dreamy mint to electric yellow, these bags are the ideal (not to mention waterproof) lively touch to any outfit.
Respiro Studio, the sister brand of Valet Studio, which has now amassed a near cult following for its charming accessories, elevates an old favorite—and the world of fashion is starting to notice: Its bags (which go for $279) have ended up on the wish lists of magazine editors, in the hands of influencers, and on models’ Instagram feeds. With only a few thousand followers, these handmade pieces are sure to be the It item at Fashion Week come February.
The compact bags can be worn one of three ways: as a clutch, as a crossbody, or slung over a shoulder. The satin-lined inside gives you just enough space to hold your phone, wallet, and some makeup essentials. And the straps, which come in their own tortoise shell print, add a unique touch to any of the six colorways.
The brilliant red would pair gorgeously with floor length coat itching for an accent color. The tortoise shell version takes the place of any go-to neutral, with deep golden brown and black swirling together to mimic your favorite claw clip. For a party, look no further than the glitter option, which will turn heads whether sitting pretty on a restaurant table or slung casually over your arm at cocktails. The best part? The resin is waterproof so there is no stress bringing it out in the rain (R.I.P. all our suede boots and leather satchels).
A Respiro Studio clutch is a flash of vibrance in a season when gray days feel never-ending, but you can bet this bag will be staying around long after the frost starts melting. We all need a trusty clutch, so why not go for one you can have a little fun with?