Fashion-forward

Purse & Clutch, leaving a Fingerprint

The very best thing about a handbag: When a girl  puts on a few pounds, a handbag can give her a "pick me up" because it doesn't reflect what that silly old bathroom scale says. Purse & Clutch, an online boutique  has plenty of bags to choose from and they speak loudly about who they are and what they're about. Owner and Operator, Jen Ardill created her business to be a conduit, connecting artisans who might otherwise not earn a living wage to Western consumers, looking for beauty, style and quality.

Featured are the Classic, A-Line and Button Clutch. Each bag is made of cotton that

is carded, spun and woven by hand. Currently, all products are made in India.

Fabric designs range from classic to whimsical to contemporary and colors include earthy hues of  mustard and brown,  neutrals plum and red and then beautiful bright spots of blue that would get many a girl to "get her spring on."

Scarves and table runners are also available.

Fabrics are block printed in local shops, lined in a cooperative for those affected with leprosy and stitched together at a vocational training center for battered and abused women. Each step in the development of these products creates jobs, jobs and more jobs.

In the 1800's, women spent a great deal of time embroidering their handbags, showing them off for potential husbands. This kind of detail is not a lost art @ Purse & Clutch. The exquisite detail appeals to the fashion forward consumer in the Western hemisphere, which ultimately creates independence for our less fortunate global brothers and sisters.

Every fashion season brings new and fresh fabric designs with it. Each item is unique and once sold, cannot be found again.

Jen is a woman who is leaving her Fingerprint in other women's lives.Add to your wardrobe @  Purse & Clutch . Make it a part of  your list of online  favorites and join Jen as a supportive member of a global community.

http://www.purseandclutch.com/

Jen Ardill-Person style;I like to focus on classic shapes and surprising color combinations.

Inspiration;I am inspired by the desire to be resourceful and enjoying finding new uses for clothes that have been in my closet for years. I am also inspired by the creativity of my dear friend Stephanie Press from Hold Vintage (www.hold-vintage.com). She inspires me to be bold and try new clothing pairings.

The Plus Side of Fashion

Are you one of those who has a penchant for fashion and just can't wait for the reveal of each seasons new craze?  With a simple click of the mouse and a little patience one can scout the latest trends in color, as well as the perfect style to suit their frame. Are you looking to build a seasonal wardrobe with sensational style only to find clothing store and boutique sizes range from 2-8 or 10?  There are some of us who, very simply, are not a size 'small'. All is not lost, because most of our favorite designers have finally come to terms with this notion and now make clothes for those of us with a little extra curve appeal.

Take a look at these beautiful summer-time pieces:

This Rachel Pally tribal print updates an effortlessly chic maxi dress.  It is strategically shaped with an elasticized Empire waist in a soft stretch knit with an unfinished hem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A solid black border outlines this Kenneth Cole sleeveless dress, which is brilliantly cut with a swingy shape and slightly curved handkerchief hem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shimmering sequins illuminate the front of this Michael Kors stretchy, cap-sleeved top with a pretty scooped neckline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A neutral, utilitarian-inspired Kenneth Cole shirtdress is styled with button tabs to roll up the sleeves and finished with a curved shirttail hem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Created Woman knows that top designers understand the Plus Side of Fashion.  She knows where to shop for the best prices and understands how to maximize her assets.