Friday, 22 July 2011

An Open and Shut (Book) Case

So, what's irking me this lovely Friday? Why, it's the fact that the darling brand that is Kate Spade New York (and for all intensive purposes we shall today refer to only as Kate Spade), has an absolutely delicious online shopping destination but does not ship to Australia! Oh the humanity!

My frustrations of the fact were none more emphasised than yesterday, when I received this email equally as delicious as their online shop, and I discovered perhaps the most fabulous range of clutches ever to be designed. 

Yes, that's right. Kate Spade has produced a collection of clutches inspired by Classic Novels, which look like Classic Novels (albeit with suitably jazzed up covers)! So with one of these beauties, not only do you look fabulously stylish, you look fabulously clever too.

Can you imagine, someone spotting you with a super-cute looking copy of Pride and Prejudice. "Why," they would think, "what a fabulously cultured creature she is." And then, imagine their surprise and subsequent delight when you opened up your copy of Pride and Prejudice and pulled out your phone/lip gloss/purse! I can hardly contain my own delight just imagining the scenario!

But because of their limited shipping locations, these Kate Spade lovelies are, quite ironically, very far out of my own clutches. My sadness and desire is so great and conflicting, it's worthy of a plot-line in a Jane Austen novel.

Pride and Prejudice Book Clutch, US$325,

But all sadness and frustrations aside, my personal favourite from the collection is the version of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. This is partly because it's probably my favourite story of all the classics, partly because the colours are so me (hello black and grey with hot pink accents), and also partly because I have Great Expectations that one day Kate Spade will deliver to Australia and this delightfully wonderful design will be snugly in my hands, where it so deservedly belongs. 

Great Expectations Book Clutch, US$325,

"That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day." 

- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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