By Meagan Kamerbeek, Owner of Klutch Handbags
Perhaps your Fall begins with the kickoff of football, or maybe your true Fall is signaled by the unpacking of sweaters and boots with the shift in temperature. No matter how you begin your Autumnal rituals, one thing is certain, it’s not just the changing of the sun’s ray or the breeze that picks up just a bit that indicate the start of my favorite time of year. September brings us New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Week, among the sprinkling of galas and award shows. For these events and many reasons more, I adore (and shamelessly await) the arrival of this time of year.
Since childhood, when I would help my grandma perfectly press the linens for, and ceremonially set the Thanksgiving table, I crave the cooler temps and the proverbial ‘changing of the guard’ that it brings. I am a devout lover of richly colored mums, pumpkins of any varietal and baking all the things.
I began my fashion career haphazardly and fully admit that, while I go total fan girl when Vogue releases their seasonal must-haves, motherhood often causes me to slack in the carefully curated couture department. Although I can most often be seen in my standard- issue mom attire, I still get asked “what’s on trend this season?” It’s a hazard of the resident “bag lady” gig.
I am lovingly referred to as “Frugal Fran” when it comes to fashion and I come by the moniker honestly. The entire reason I began my accessory brand hinged on my twenty-something year old self being unable to afford 5th Avenue’s finest while flitting about with Manhattan’s elite. Klutch was born of necessity and I vowed to never have a bag retail for over $100.
Looks for Less: Elevated Style on a level-headed budget
How does “Fran” shop? I peruse the style magazines, tune into fashion week and hound my apparel colleagues for insight at market and then I do the unthinkable…I take the trends and find a similar look for less. Oh, and they’re out there. Whether you are coveting the latest biker jacket by Alexander McQueen or Prada’s patterned bodysuit, there is an option to suit every body style and budget if you know where to look.
There are certain must-have pieces that will never go out of style and on which one should never skimp: A feminine blouse, a classic trouser or a statement belt can put the punctuation mark on a less-than-luxe ensemble and elevate your look for runway-ready wear on a sideline dime.
Speaking of sidelines, let’s talk sideline style in this year of return to stadiums. Cue the band! With concerts, college football and festivals on the rise we all need the stadium staple at hand; a classic, clear bag. We launched our ‘K’lear collection in 2017 and, now more than ever, anxiously await the end of Summer to bring you the most important skin next to the pig at the start of football season.
Our vegan leather, stamped snakeskin mixed with high-grade, recycled vinyl creates a durable, fashion-forward way to stylishly tote your cell phone, lipstick and ‘K’ard Wallet with zero space for shame. Add a bit of flare with our custom, ‘K’ross-body straps for an affordable way to give nod to the prints and patterns of present trend.
Available in an array of both team colors and classic neutrals, our stadium-approved styles are sure to step up your sideline style.
2020 gave way to a literal heyday for online, big-box retailers (none of whom scratched and clawed their way back into 2021 like Klutch and so many other brands). If you can, if you’re comfortable, storm those brick-and-mortar stores and feel your heart warm when the shop owners hear their doorbells chime. This is the year to get back in stores and shop. Safely, of course. Do your research, choose your must-have staples, but invest your dollars where it counts. Help a small business owner pay for a kid to play soccer, a mortgage to be paid off in advance or a dreamer to simply continue to do what they love which is to provide you with high-quality pieces at a fraction of high-fashion prices. Elevated style on a level-headed budget is what’s on trend for Fall and the foreseeable future according to “Fran.”
Meagan Kamerbeek is the owner of Klutch Handbags. Her designs can be found in Ellis County exclusively at The Dove’s Nest or online at www.klutchhandbags.com