Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Leather Lunch Bag

Photo:  Project 22 .

Photo: Project 22.

A couple of years ago in New York I stumbled on what, to me, looked like a supreme luxe version of a paper lunch bag by Marie Turnor. I walked away thinking that the novelty would soon wear off but couldn't stop thinking about it and snatched it up before the trip was over. This leather clutch, and its easy simplicity, turned out to be one of my favourite purchases ever – India Hicks even admired it during an interview that I did with her for Real Style magazine – and to this day, I continue to carry it often. Enter Fall '12 & Spring '13 collections, and Jil Sander and Cèline houses respectively showed similar versions with Zara soon following suit and super crafty DIY blogger Allyssa weighing in with an impressive take on her site Project 22 (see image above). No matter your budget, you can't go wrong here.

Marie Turnor ~ Jil Sander (sold out) ~  Cèline ~ Zara

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