Aqua clutch

Shirt: Thomas Mason for J.Crew / Shorts: Forever21 (similar here) / Aissata Clutch: c/o Petel  / Heels: J.Crew (similar here) / Bracelets: J.Crew & Baublebar / Polish: Julep Robin

The color coordination between my nail polish and clutch was unintentional, but I think I like it. I fell in love with this Aissata Clutch from Petel Design while doing some research on owner/designer Julie Wagne (who was featured in the most recent Wonder Woman Wednesday). I’m not one to say ‘no’ to soft, supple, colorful leather that was designed in an effort to help preserve the craft of textile making by Fulani artists in Mauritania.
The fabric portion of this clutch is known as a ‘leppi’ and is worn for Fulani ceremonies. It’s unbelievably soft and takes a ton of time to make; I’m guessing it’s why younger Fulani generations are all like, “I’m done with this craft, yo.” (I hope there is a resurgence in this craft; it’s tough to articulate the softness and beauty of the material.)  
 I paired it with the J.Crew shirt from my first ever outfit post, my lace shorts last seen in Denver and of course the glittery J.Crew pumps that are practically glued to my soles. 
The Banker said it didn’t match. What does he know? He’s watching a Zombie apocalypse movie right now and it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. I happen to like the mixture of various prints, textures and shades of blue. 

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07063699601858651282 Megan, TfDiaries.com

    love those shorts! Xo, Megan, http://www.TfDiaries.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15836359343389675064 Bethann Wagner

      Thanks lady!

  • http://moicontrelavie.com/ Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    Great shirt – The ultimate Spring top! 🙂

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15836359343389675064 Bethann Wagner

      It sure it, Caity! Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16256093122161454377 Whitney Cosgrave

    cute clutch, and i have those shorts as well! going to wear them today 🙂

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15836359343389675064 Bethann Wagner

      That is awesome!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14347341718838452360 Donna

    Love this look, matching gingham twinsies today! If those glitter heels weren’t glued to your feet, I’d steal them 😉

    xoDonna
    http://www.soyouagree.com

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15836359343389675064 Bethann Wagner

      The gingham twins! Maybe J.Crew will have something similar this fall/winter?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15709974361789102410 Julia Uriarte

    Have to say this is one of my fav outfits of yours! And I LOVE the uniqueness slash history of the material! (The banker sounds just like my boy..zombies on the brain.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07549003548791718444 Agnes W

    Super cute shorts!! Cute look.

    http://infinitehouseofillusions.blogspot.com/