Distinctive hardware aside, designerKatie Kiechel’s signature bag, The Curator’s Clutch, looks like anordinary leather clutch at first glance. It’s not. The flap isinconspicuously split in half — which becomes obvious only after slidingthe infinity-shaped hardware vertically between two metal bars to getinside the bag. This detailing, although subtle, is enough to give herbags a unique quality, Kiechel said, hoping it will set her offeringsapart in the contemporary handbag category.
“I had been given agift years ago that someone bought in a flea market in Italy that had asimilar functionality, but on a really small scale. The hardwareconstruction was so genius, the way that it was made,” Kiechel said. “Iworked for a while to figure out a way to work it into closures andflaps. I had never seen a closure like that on a handbag, so it was achallenge.”
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