CLUTCH SIT­U­A­TIONS

EVEN THE MOST CON­SER­VA­TIVE DRESSER CAN MAKE A STATE­MENT WITH THE RIGHT AC­CES­SORIES. ONE DE­SIGNER IG­NORES TRENDS AND CON­CEN­TRATES ON QUAL­ITY

Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - WORDS: SALLY COATES PHO­TOS: LUISA BRIMBLE Shop at kar­mme.com.au.

Ahand­bag, clutch or purse can bring an out­fit to­gether and, now that the weather is heat­ing up, ac­ces­soris­ing is the key to stay­ing stylish. Imby Lan­gen­bach, the cre­ator and de­signer of KAR­MME be­spoke leather clutches, knows a thing or two about the im­por­tance of the per­fect palm pal for morn­ing, noon and night. “I am quite a con­ser­va­tive dresser, with mostly black, grey, white, denim and a hint of pink in my wardrobe,” she says. “That’s why I think I love de­sign­ing clutches, as I can ac­ces­sorise with a state­ment piece from the Shi­bori range, take out a metal­lic clutch for a lit­tle lux­ury at night or have any KAR­MME lady from the clas­sic range to see me through the day. I use the minis to keep bits and pieces safe in­side the clutch and pop them into the KAR­MME tote when trav­el­ling or when I’m out all day. “You re­ally can’t go past denim, white and tan for sim­ple, el­e­gant spring-sum­mer dress­ing, in my opin­ion.” While state­ment pieces are some peo­ple’s cup of tea, min­i­mal­ist pieces that ooze qual­ity are, as Imby says, tran­scen­dent of trends. “I am in­spired by cre­at­ing things that are use­ful but mak­ing them beau­ti­ful,” she says. “I don’t fol­low trends and am not overly in­ter­ested in the lat­est fash­ion, as KAR­MME I hope tran­scends sea­son, age, even gen­der. I find wor­ry­ing about what’s out there is white noise and can be dis­tract­ing.” There is some­thing com­fort­ing about qual­ity prod­ucts, we even tend to treat them bet­ter than cheap items that are usu­ally tem­po­rary, so it’s good to know the ins and outs of your favourite pieces. “I work closely along­side bou­tique tex­tile agency Shi­bori to pro­duce leathers us­ing tech­niques de­vel­oped by own­ers Karen Davis and Pepa Martin,” Imby says. “Col­lab­o­rat­ing with Shi­bori is a re­ally ex­cit­ing way to in­ject new ideas into the range. We are in­spired by clas­sic, el­e­gant, trans-sea­sonal colours that work across all ages of women.”

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