Ever since Carine Roitfeld declared a bias against reality TV-star-toted, big-brand handbags, there has been a steady trickle towards unidentifiable quality clutches and compact purses. This Foldover Clutch by Hunting Season, a label favored by Rihanna, Kates Moss and Hudson and Drew Barrymore, is the perfect NYFW accessory. Large enough to cram in essentials and invitations, snug enough to slip under your arm.
Since launching Hunting Season in 2006, owner Danielle Corona has refined the art of the find, absorbing and dispensing the allure of the exotic through a style lens. Ms. Corona, based in New York and Columbia, draws inspiration from a lifetime of traveling. As the name suggests, Hunting Season evokes the thrill of capture and the rush of the get, sentiments close to the hearts of fashion lovers, too. Ms. Corona sources the finest quality, ethically produced python, snake, ostrich, stingray, and lizard skins for her bags and home accessories. “I saw an excellent opportunity to use superlative craftsmanship and materials to create a timeless collection that merges luxury and attainability.” A long stay in Rome where she interned at Valentino and worked as a design consultant at VBH honed her passion for combining contemporary design with exotic materials. “I acquired a taste for the finest degree of craftsmanship,” she says. “I recognized that exotic skins when worked correctly, have an uncanny ability to age impeccably.”
A covetable handbag, purse, call it whatever, is the one accessory you could buy now that will set your fashion dial for fall and guarantee sidelong looks from bench-neighbors at the shows. The best strategy is to hunt out budding designer names or craftworthy creations fashioned from the very best quality materials. One final word, any color but black is fall fashion’s most enormous message.
Python Foldover Clutch, $895 from FiveStoryNY