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Currently Coveting: Marie Turnor’s simple and understated clutches

June 2, 2011 |  1:42 pm


For designer Beth Goodman, the simplest things are the most beautiful and certainly what inspired her to create a line of understated leather goods for her L.A-based line, Marie Turnor. The New York native and stylist started her line in 2009 around an aesthetic that bucks trends and goes for more classic silhouettes, or in the case of her Picnic, Snak and Dinner bags, the practical and super simple.

Clutch The rolled up, almost scrunched styles are literally like paper bags made from supple leather. Goodman was inspired to create the Picnic clutch after spotting a woman on the street who was carrying a paper bag in her hand. The result was what looks like an everyday lunch sack (especially in the tan leather), but there is something totally modern and timeless about the concept that makes you want to get back to basics.

"The first bag I designed was the Picnic," says Goodman "I was inspired by seeing an elegant woman walking down the street in Paris carrying a paper bag. The bag happened to be red and, in my mind, I saw it as a clutch. So I found a soft, but papery leather to make it out of."

Picnic Especially as “It” bags, status bags and anything bedazzled and over the top seems to be fading from fashion, something super sleek, minimal and modern feels right, right  now.

Bags like the kind Goodman designs (and manufactures all in L.A) offer that scaled-back option for anyone who likes more unassuming accessories. The price is right too. The Picnic clutch is $175 and comes in tan, red and black. The Dinner clutch is $220 and comes in white, tan and black and the Snak bag is $115.


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Photos, from top: The Beth Goodman-designed Picnic and Dinner clutches; the Dinner clutch; the Picnic clutch. Credit: Marie Turnor