Anyone who has ever looked at award show fashion has seen Mary Norton’s clutches. She used to design under the name Moo Roo (named for her 2 daughters Micah and Reilly), but Norton now designs under her own name and all of her bags are handcrafted in Italy and produced in limited quantity. I met Mary Norton in her showroom this week to preview her Holiday 2008 collection (available beginning November), and it was nothing short of dazzling! (More after the jump!)
I love this Black Quilted Python ‘ Robin’ Clutch. It comes with a Swarovski crystal tassel inspired by the Empire State Building! Mary told me that this is the first of series of collectible tassels and that her Spring ’09 collection will be all about candy and come complete with a Jelly Bean (aka colored semi precious stones) tassel…she even showed me a sketch and it truly looks delectable! The clutch will retail for $1595. More and a photo of Mary showing-off her fab ‘Robin’ clutch after the jump!
Another stand-out for me was this Pleaded Satin ‘Reed’ Clutch ($1395), which comes complete with a Jaipur stone-accented closure (though is it just me or does it remind anyone else of Miu Miu’s pleated bags??)!
Also, in an ode to the lingerie toned by Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, all of Mary Norton’s bags will be lined with leopard print this season!
You can find Mary Norton’s designs at Saks and at select specialty shops or in her Los Angeles, California, and Charleston boutiques. Check out her website for the complete list.