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Friday, November 13, 2009

My Big Fat Clutch: Mary Jo Matsumoto MJM Bag

Mary Jo Matsumoto MJM bag

I love the late 30s and early 40s, it's my favorite period in design history. The look was revived in the 70s by Halston and then again by Tom Ford at Gucci, each with their own twist. I've been collecting vintage pieces from this era for over a decade and so when I recently launched my own luxury line of handbags, I had to pay homage to the big clutch that shows up in countless film noirs. Yes, this is a clutch roomy enough for Veronica Lake to slip a handgun into it--not that I'm advocating violence! It also has my signature knot detail and is made entirely from eco-friendly ultra-suede.

Each bag in my line was named after someone who inspired me during the creation of the collection. This particular clutch is shamelessly called the MJM clutch, because it's so personal to me. In fact, it's the first one from my collection that I snagged for myself and I'll tell you why. It's as roomy inside as a regular bag but I love the fact that it's such a major departure from the over-sized droopy bags we've all been hauling around for the past few years. I guess I'd have to admit that I love the pure femininity associated with a clutch. A man or a woman can schlep a big bag around, but only a woman is going to bust out a big fat clutch.


3 Responses to "My Big Fat Clutch: Mary Jo Matsumoto MJM Bag"
  1. Dania Padron said...
    Friday, November 13, 2009

    I love it, Mary Jo. Then again, I love all your work. The big clutch is an essential component of any woman's wardrobe, and this design has enough detailing to distinguish it from others while still maintaining that air of sophistication and vintage vibe. Plus, the eco-friendly suede is both socially responsible and quite posh to boot.

    Please tell me you'll have these available on-line. I'd love to get my hands on one.

  2. gail said...
    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Mary Jo, it is beautiful. I always have a spot soft for suede. I need a good clutch too, so when these are available for purchase I would love to know. Thanks.

  3. Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...
    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Thanks so much Dania & Gail for your kind words! They will be available via my website soon or you can always contact me at and I'm happy to sell direct to people.

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