Make a Statement With a Rauwolf Clutch

By Alexandra Zografou | 2014/10/06 - 09:30:03


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Personally, I am not a girl who has sworn to play by the fashion rules; to me, they are meant to be broken. You can very much wear your Converse sneakers at a cocktail party or your favorite party dress in the office; you are more than welcome to wear sequins during the day and you don’t have to remove any accessory before leaving the house. The one thing that seems inconceivable to my mind is swapping your daytime handbag/briefcase with a clutch bag. Of course, if it fits your everyday essentials, I cannot sufficiently admire and applaud. Particularly, after witnessing the great number of editors and bloggers attending fashion week carrying tiny clutch bags. So, I have been wondering lately if it is perhaps time for me to understand and appreciate their fashion statement more than their practical value.

Then again, if New-York based Rauwolf designer Kristine Johannes acknowledges that nowadays “the clutch is more important than ever in one’s look,” you should at least pay some respect to her statement. Johannes, who had previously assisted couturier John Anthony and worked for top fashion companies such as J. Crew and Devi Kroell, developed her expertise through frequent visits to the world’s best tanneries and factories in Italy and eventually went on to establish her own line.

Set to challenge the standard formula of luxury among the fashion industry, she noticed a tendency towards simple pieces in exotic skins. She decided it would be very ambitious to offer unique, statement designs made from innovative, unusual materials with an emphasis on futuristic design, particularly in the evening bag category. Because of its physical properties, Johannes opted for plexiglass, a material hardly viewed as luxurious. However, it “is very versatile and can be cut and molded into architectural shapes and interesting forms.” Mirror and metallic flakes are among the materials Johannes uses to adorn her geometric-shaped clutches, since she likes the way they reflect light when paired together with plexiglass.

Rauwolf clutches are produced in an Italian factory that creates buckles and shoe heels for luxury fashion house and are finished with a silk lining. Johannes indeed works on proportions and dimensions, as if she was an architect. Her range of clutch bags have been reasonably called “structural pieces that look like miniature forms of architecture” by Forbes. 
Rauwolf Fall/Winter 2012
Rauwolf Fall/Winter 2012
Rauwolf
Rauwolf Fall/Winter 2012
Rauwolf Fall/Winter 2012
Rauwolf
Rauwolf Fall/Winter 2012
Rauwolf Fall/Winter 2012
Rauwolf
Rauwolf clutch, Elle Magazine, March 2013
Rauwolf clutch, Elle Magazine, March 2013
Hearst
Emilia Clarke at the Emmys 2013 wearing a Donna Karan Atelier dress and a Rauwolf Emerald Gemstone Clutch
Emilia Clarke at the Emmys 2013 wearing a Rauwolf Emerald Gemstone Clutch
Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP
Venice clutch by Rauwolf, Fall/Winter 2014
Venice clutch, Spring 2014
Rauwolf
Venice clutch, Vogue Korea, July 2014
Venice clutch, Vogue Korea, July 2014
Condé Nast
Chelsea Peretti at the Golden Globes 2014
Chelsea Peretti at the Golden Globes 2014 wearing a Rauwolf Brutalist Clutch
HFPA
Constantinople clutch by Rauwolf, Barney's Spring 2014 catalogue
Constantinople clutch, Barney's Spring 2014 catalogue
Barneys New York
Castellum clutch by Rauwolf, Fall/Winter 2014
Castellum clutch, Fall/Winter 2014
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2 Comments

  1. Lady Mae2014-10-08 21:34:55

    Loving the geometric designs, I could take them all!

  2. Zara2014-10-06 19:44:20

    These last two clutches are so Beautiful!



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