Monday, August 27, 2012

Clutch From Start to Finish

Frank Clegg Leatherworks








Recently I had the pleasure of working with designer Frank Clegg on an exclusive clutch design to give away on CGWP. I spent a Saturday at his factory in Fall River, MA where I observed the process of making the bag by hand from start to finish. For what appears to be a simple design, a great deal of work went into each step. I was grateful for the experience to watch a true craftsman in his element.

Frank's bags are gorgeous and classic. It was hard to decide which one would be best for the giveaway. With the approach of Fall, I wanted to introduce a simple clutch perfect for carrying around a few essentials such as an iPad, wallet, and cell phone. We tweaked a design he had in his collection to accommodate more items, and I selected the colors from the various high-quality leather hides he has in the factory. The combination of red, green, and navy are a favorite of mine and I was excited to incorporate the three colors into the clutch. I was very pleased with the final product. Frank generously gifted me with the bag featured in this post, and is making a second clutch for one of my readers.

Enter to win the one of a kind Frank Clegg clutch with the option to monogram your initials. A winner will be announced on Thursday, August 30th. Contest ends Wednesday at midnight. Best of luck to all who participate!

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52 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks very interesting! Great bag :)

    xoxo
    http://martiinfashionland.blogspot.com/

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  2. What a gorgeous clutch bag! A classic beauty! xx J

    http://worldbyj.blogspot.fi/

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  3. What a gorgeous clutch! I love the colors! Perfect for the fall season! Great job girlie!

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  4. Love that it can hold and ipad as well! xoxo

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  5. wow, beautiful!

    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

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  6. I entered...and I really hope I win...this is a fabulous item, looks super chic and you can't beat that kind of craftsmanship.
    XOXO

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  7. Wow! The final outcome is amazing!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  8. How amazing to get watch the whole process! This clutch is perfect for Fall. What a great giveaway!

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  9. Gorgeous clutch...I hope I win! I'm definitely going to have to invest in one of Frank's bags in the future.

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  10. That's a terrific clutch, and I love that it has a removable strap! Thank you for letting us see how it was created!

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  11. I got a custom wallet from Frank... Love it!,, and Frank Was great to work with, too.

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  12. That's such a classic and lovely bag! Best of luck to all the entries :)

    xoxo

    www.thestyleduckling.blogspot.com

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  13. you look sooo great in every post, it´s insane!

    www.ketchembunnies.com

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  14. Such a beautiful clutch! I love the fall color combination on this classic looking piece.

    http://swooningforstyle.blogspot.com/

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  15. Beautiful! Crossing my fingers! Thanks Sarah and Frank for this one of a kind opportunity! I don't have Facebook (crazy, I know!) but I hope my other entries will suffice!

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  16. Just gorgeous - the clutch and the rest of your outfit. The clutch seems to display such solid craftsmanship - I love the simplicity of the design.

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  17. Wonderful to see true talent and handmade quality given its proper appreciation.

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  18. Makes you appreciate the piece so much more seeing all the hard work going into it. So pretty!

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  19. Great clutch! Thanks for showing the process of making!

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  20. I would give my right arm to win this! It's beautiful and timeless.

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  21. Love the red pants! That's so awesome that you got to see this being made. It's so beautiful!

    www.everydaywitharedhead.blogspot.com

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  22. This reminds me of the show "how its made" but an infintely more chic version! Great post!!

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  23. B E A U T I F U L

    www.mamajulesbrussels.blogspot.com

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  24. Gorgeous clutch! I loved being able to see the pictures and it must have been an even more exciting experience in person.

    -Jenn
    chīsana blogger

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  25. How amazing! Here in Portugal there are plenty of craftsmen who make the most gorgeous pieces, unfortunately these people are still unused to marketing their products and are little known. I really do hope that changes

    My Own Project

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  26. I love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. Love the clutch!! Would LOVE to win it and add to my preppy Fall wardrobe.

    Brandis Haynes (bhaynes@clemson.edu)

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  28. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love, love, love! :)

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  29. love it so much! i hope i win, would be perfect to bring to class on easy going day :)

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  30. Sweet! I love how you showed how the clutch was being made :)

    Melissa (fromthephotographs.tumblr.com)

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  31. Absolutely beautiful craftsmenship

    cara_rawls (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  32. What an awesome thing to see real craftsmenship behind making this beautiful clutch.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmdilfe.com

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  33. Congratulations on designing a clutch with Frank Clegg, Sarah!
    Red, blue, and green are all lovely colors and look amazingly classy when paired together.
    The clutch that you designed is elegant and very simple. It would definitely be the perfect addition to anyone's fall wardrobe!

    Thanks so much for sharing these photos of the process that goes into making and designing a clutch.
    In addition, thank you (and Frank) for giving one of those amazing clutches away!
    Whoever wins it will be one lucky ducky!

    Oh and while we're speaking of the clutch, I would just like to point out that it matches your outfit here perfectly.
    The blue, the red, and the pretty leather.
    What an awesome coincidence! :)

    Have a lovely week Sarah (and anyone else who might see this)! <3


    ~Alice
    The Ace of Hearts

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  34. That's a lovely bag. Perfect for your outfit. You're lucky to have seen a craftsman at work.

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  35. That clutch is GORGEOUS. I love an emvelope clutch, and the colors are perfect!

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  36. I love the clutch you designed, the colours are gorgeous.

    I did a post on your blog over the weekend I hope you like it! You can see it here...

    Luxx Mint

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  37. I imagine that was a great experience

    Take care

    Gian
    Consultant Style Advisor
    http://gntstyle.wordpress.com

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  38. love your outfit! that bag is perfect, it's incredible you were able to see how it's made step-by-step! :)

    Drawing Dreaming

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  39. so lucky! fantastic experience
    s

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  40. Beautiful design and colors! I hope to have some good luck! Either way, thank you for sharing the process--it truly is my favorite part! :) Oh, yeah, and you look great too!!! Love the gingham with the red!

    xo,
    Susana
    www.akeytothearmoire.com

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  41. Love the clutch! What an interesting set of colors :)

    judywgee@gmail.com

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  42. This is amazing! Love the clutch!

    Greetings from the Midwest,
    Lotte

    c.pursian@gmx.de

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  43. Wow the craftsmanship is beautiful. Whoever wins it will be very lucky! Love your outfit, I have to try that pairing of blue and red now!
    bellablissmommy@yahoo.com

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  44. This is amazing! I just got an iPad for work, and I've been looking for the perfect bag to accommodate an iPad. This would be perfect. I'd love to win it - thanks for a great giveaway!

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  45. Love the bag. It's so pretty and classic!

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  46. LOVE your whole out fit, especially the shirt it looks so preppy cool and comfy with the red pants and neutral flats. You always look elegant in skirts and dresses, but my favorites are when you wear chinos or jeans, so effortless chic. May I ask where your shirt and pants are from?

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  47. I am always near fall river! I didn't know a great local leather place was so close! I would love to check his shop out some time!

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  48. I Love all your accessories! Especially the Blue Clutch Purse and its beautiful colour combination.

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