Day to night, workdays to weekends. A bag needs to measure up to its (many) functions. Too small and essentials don’t fit, too big and the evening transition is tricky. Meet the straw bag. Shoulder bag and handbag, statement and minimal; form and function, hand in hand.
The first straw
Stealth inventions are the ultimate innovation - design details so subtle as to make us wonder whether they were always there. The articulated straw is a case in point. Dreamt up in 1937 by Joseph Friedman - straight straw, serrated screw, dental floss - the concertina bend was born. Form informed by function.
The Sophie Hulme straw is more than an ornamental ode to this lasting design. The device is the locking mechanism for a shoulder-come-handbag in the Catch Collection line up. Minimal details - structured saddle leather, squared silhouette - are punctuated by the polished, gold-plated fastening.
Forget choosing between shoulder bag/handbag/clutch bag. The Straw bag is all-in-one. The ladylike design is set up to clasp the top handle - Grace Kelly style. For hands-free holding, the same strap can be switched to shoulder length. Or, on occasions that demand strapless style, unbuckle altogether and carry as a clutch.