• cute-messenger-bag
  • trendy-clutch-handbag
  • boho-style-handbags-fashion-venice-ca
  • designer-diaper-bag-leather-baby
  • designer-backpack-trendy-venice-ca

Vaalbara Designs specializes in unique, vibrant and environmentally conscious handbags for sale handcrafted in the USA. For over 10 years, we’ve lovingly and professionally crafted Women’s Clutches, Mini/Long/Large and small Clutch handbags, Diaper bags, Messenger Bags, Tote Bags, Weekender Bags, Tote Bags, along with small run, Limited Edition Handbags and accessories. Our fabrics are collected from every corner of the world.

We’re excited to announce many additional products we’ve recently added to the Vaalbara Designs brand.  Check out our new Apparel, Home Goods, Apothecary, Accessories, and Baby products!

While we are passionate about the interrelatedness of the world, Vaalbara Designs is dedicated to local sustainability. Many of our materials, including our first -grade leather, are purchased within our community. And of course, inspired by the bohemian surf culture, each bag is handmade with love here at home in Venice, California.

A portion of every sale goes to the non-profit SurfRider Foundation, dedicated to keeping our beaches and oceans clean.

Featured Handbags & Clutches










See our main site at www.VaalbaraDesigns.com
Blog Posts are Below:

Category Archives: Clutches

How to Style the Bohemian Clutch

It can be tricky picking out a unique clutch for an important event that is coming up. You want something that is classic but also that makes a statement. Picking the right handbag is one thing but you also need to accessorize the right way to complete the perfect look.

When in doubt, always go with the envelope clutch. This is one piece of accessory that can go with any dress without making your look, look overdone.


The Envelope Clutch


The best of the Bohemian accessory is the hand woven envelope clutch. This is the one piece that allows you to get the right amount of color and a subtle pattern that would automatically work to set your dress apart from everyone else’s without overdoing it. You need to check the size to see if it is just right. For instance, if you are wearing a tall flowing dress, then the biggest sized envelope clutches in the market would get you close to a fashion faux pas. Keep things subtle and make sure nothing is overpowered.

But also make sure that you get a clutch that can hold all the essentials that you know you will be carrying around like your phone, compact, lipstick, etc. You may want to check out the clutch bags with pockets around it. A smaller bag is easier to hold throughout the occasion, which is a plus if you are already burdened with testing heels and a dress.

The Shoes to Go With


The shoe color should be one that you see in the woven patterns of your envelope clutch. This will really make the pattern pop and make the shoes look fitting, regardless of the color of your dress.

The best thing to do when you are unsure of what complementing shoe colors to go with, always select metallic color tones like gold and silver. These can go with anything and show that you are aiming for elegance.


Since you will have your hands by your side holding the clutch throughout the night, go for delicate and simple jewelry. Statement pieces will confuse the attention of the onlooker. Remember your clutch is the star of the wardrobe. Do not make all of the accessories in your wardrobe overshadow each other.

At the end of the day, remember that whatever fashionable pieces you bring together to complete your outfit, try incorporating mix bold patterns with plain solid colors. If you get a hang of this styling habit, you will be able to match your envelope clutch with dozens of every day outfits; from distressed jeans to plain old tees. One hand woven clutch has a lot of use for every season of the year.

If you are looking for versatile accessories and clutches, then stop by at our store at Vaalbara Designs and check out the latest designs available right now.

How to Shop For a Clutch That Suits Your Personal Style

When shopping for a clutch that suits your personal style, the right clutch can transform your entire look. A clutch is not just supposed to hold a few basic items; it is supposed to make a statement as well. Here is how you can choose a clutch bag that is both functional and flattering.

Choose the Size That Goes With Your Body Type

It is hard to believe that clutches go with body types as clutches are basically smaller purses. But this is how it is. They are available in different sizes and shapes, and this is so that they can suit different individuals. Petite women should buy small or medium sized clutches. Women who have a tall frame can go with larger clutches to complete their wardrobe style.

shop clutch suits personal style

The Right Color for You

The color every woman chooses is one that goes nicely with every outfit they want to wear and whether it goes nicely with the occasion they are styling for. If you are carrying a clutch around as a substitute for a tote or regular hand bag, then you should look into neutral color tones for your clutch purse.

Clutch with Pockets

Even the biggest size of clutches cannot hold as much stuff as a handbag can. The good news is that there is a loop hole around this. Clutch with pockets will help you organize the smaller stuff like your cell phone.

Do Not Be Afraid To Pick Out Something Versatile

One way you can get the best value for your money is that you select a clutch you can wear with different styles. Another great option is that you purchase several clutches in different colors which can go with different clothes. You might be interested in some fat zipper clutches or certain prints.


Clutch with Straps

A clutch does come with straps or a handle; this assists you to hold the accessory and carry it around. The downside to this is that it can easily become inconvenient, especially in locations where it is never practical to set your clutch down. Designers are making new clutches everyday with the ease of removing these if you are not interested. These are a much more convenient choice.

Always Go For Quality Material

A clutch that is made from quality materials is one that lasts a lot longer than an average purse. If you are going to use it regularly, then this makes it all the more important. Choose a leather clutch for work; it is durable and withstands daily wear.

shop clutch suits personal style

The Clutch That Can Hold Everything You Carry

The other way to choose a clutch, besides body type, is you choose one that you know won’t burst holding everything you need. You should always keep in mind your own personal tendencies when it comes to buying a purse.

If you are looking into buying versatile and top quality clutch bags, check out our collection of Clutches at Vaalbara Designs.

Different Types of Handbags and Clutches

A beautiful handbag is the perfect complement to a fashionable outfit and every girl should have a few handbag options in her closet. There are many different types of bags to match your personal fashion sense and add a finishing touch to your final look. Here is a useful list of the most common types of handbags, so you can choose the best handbag for you.

Types of Handbags


Tote Bag

A tote is a large open top bag with medium length handles at the sides of the pouch. The tote bag is also called a shopper, since they get their basic design inspiration from a shopping bag.



Crossbody/Messenger Bag

The crossbody bag or messenger bag features a long strap that you can sling across your body for hands-free carrying.


The hobo bag is usually large with a slouchy, crescent-shaped pouch and a long strap for wearing over your shoulder. They are usually made from soft, flexible materials that will slump when the bag is set down.


These are soft bags that are usually worn over the shoulder or across the body and feature a flap that folds over the top with a front clasp. The satchel got its origins as a school bag, but is now a common fashion bag.

Top Handle Bag

These are often structured bags with short firm straps at the top of the pouch that makes it suitable for wearing in the crook of your arm.

Bowling Bag

These were originally created for carrying a bowling ball, but have since become a fashionable bag for everyday wear.

Shoulder Bag

Like the name suggests, a shoulder bag is any style that has a strap that can be worn over your shoulder. Various other types of bags also fall into this category, including saddle bags, bucket bags, hobo bag and doctor’s bag.


Baguette Bag

This small rectangular bag resembles a French baguette. It is longer than it is tall, and usually has a narrow structured pouch.


This extra large bag is not only a fashion statement, but also a useful replacement for all possible bags you may need! A weekender is big enough to serve as your travel bag, gym bag, shopping bag or even a diaper bag! Its large size lends to as many utility options you can think of.


Types of Clutches

A clutch is small hand-held purse that does not have handles, and often feature a rectangular shape. Clutches are traditionally evening bags, but they are also suitable for daytime wear. Here are a few variations of the clutch bag.

Fold Over Clutch

These are usually made of a soft material and can be tucked into itself or folded. They may or may not have a handle.

Envelope clutch

Like the name suggests, an envelop clutch resembles an envelop with this flat, rectangular shape and flap closure.


These are embellished evening clutch bags that are encrusted with, beads, rhinestones or other materials to give it a glamorous, often shimmery look.



This clutch comes with a attached strap that fits over your wrist so you won’t have to carry it in your palm.

Now that you’re well aware of the various types of handbags and clutches, it’s time to go shopping! Click here to see our collection of sustainable handmade clutches, tote bags, messenger bags, and other handbags that will complete your outfit and boost your confidence.

Trendy Clutches for fall

trendy-handbags-fall-2014You’ve just gotta love the fall. Fashion always seems to get more vibrant during this time of year, and it’s hard not to get excited about shopping the new Trendy Clutches for fall 2014.

This year’s trendy clutches are innovatively designed, unique and attention-grabbing. They are made of unexpected materials, come in unusual shapes and feature novel finishes that inspire visual interest.

large-womens-clutch-handbag-vaalbaraLarge clutch

They say “go big, or go home” so if you’re going for a clutch purse, might as well go supersized! The oversized clutch is a chic variation of the regular purse with a huge pouch for a larger-than-life look. We love the look of these lovely large clutches.

mini-womens-clutch-handbag-vaalbaraMini Clutch

This smaller version of a regular clutch might be diminutive in size, but huge in effect! Don’t let the small size fool you; mini clutches are roomier than they appear with just enough space to carry your essentials. The come in lots of chic prints and various leather and non-leather finishes to suit your personal style.

Sustainable Clutch

A sustainable clutch purse is made from repurposed or recyclable materials, so your fashion statement will have minimal impact on the environment. A sustainable clutch should be part of the collection of any eco-friendly fashionista.

mini-clutch-handbag-black-leather-vaalbaraTribal print clutch

Tribal print material has been trendy for some time now, and its popularity has now spilled over into clutch purse design. Navaho, Ikat, African and other ethnic style prints are featured on many clutch purses as an intriguing design element. These printed purses are usually seen on envelope clutches, since the envelope shape tends to have more surface area for showing off an intricate tribal design. Neat adornments like an arrowhead ring may also accompany these trendy summer clutch bags.

Are you ready to go clutch shopping? Click here now and shop our unique collection of trendy clutches and mini clutch purses that will brighten up your handbag collection and excite your fashion sense.


Summer Handbag Trends

Every year a new crop of trendy summer handbags come to the fore and its always fun to incorporate these new styles into your daily wardrobe. This season’s new summer handbags are fun, vibrant and intriguing, with a creative approach to design. You’ll see these bags in the hands of your favorite celebrities who are always on the cutting edge of popular celebrity handbag fashion. Some of these trends are updated versions of timeless classics, while others are totally new creations themselves. Check out this listing of some of summer 2014’s most popular handbag trends, and update your knowledge on the latest in handbag fashion.

mini-clutchPrinted clutch purses

Floral, tribal, animal, all sorts of interesting prints have made their way to the surface of trendy handbags. These unique prints add dimension and transform an ordinary bag into something extraordinary.


Pastel colors

Delicate pastel colors like baby blue, milky pink and butter yellow adorn this season’s fashionable handbags. These colors might look demure, but their effect on these handbags is totally fierce.

Large clutches

These roomy bags are much bigger than an ordinary clutch and twice as fab! The oversized shape makes for a roomy purse that’s perfect for carrying all your essentials, plus it looks super stylish in your hand. Be sure to add a large clutch to your collection this summer for a super-sized handbag look.

stylish-coin-pouch-2014Coin pouches and pocket pouches

Today’s coin pouches are sleek and stylish and well-suited for a modern woman on the move. Carry a cool coin pouch to collect your change, or go for a chic and simple pocket pouch to fit a few essentials. A pocket pouch is perfect option for those ladies who can bother to fuss with a big handbag. Just slip your pretty pouch into your pocket and go!

Tote Bags

Tote bags are all the rage right now. A tote is a practical option for everyday wear plus they’re the epitome of effortless-chic. You can easily add style to any outfit simply by wearing a trendy leather, or non-leather tote bag, whatever your preference.

Click here to shop sustainable bags and clutches that will enhance your summer wardrobe and amp up your look.

Trendy Women’s Handbags

large-clutch-pastel-brown-leatherLike every other aspect of women’s fashion, handbag trends vary from season to season as innovative designers create new styles and also repurpose old motifs. Today’s trendy handbag might be tomorrow’s frumpy style and you don’t want to get caught in an outdated bag when the trends du jour have already moved on!

ellen-degeneres-vaalbara-clutch-bagIn the same breath, you don’t necessarily need to jump on EVERY new trend just to look fashionable. Oftentimes trends can be fleeting, so it might not be advisable to invest heavily in a trendy piece, when it will become outdated in a short while. However, it is still useful to stay abreast of what’s in vogue, so you can keep your sense of style current and move with the ever-changing times.

These days, practicality is just as important as style when choosing a handbag. Designers recognize this and today’s trendy handbags are just as functional as they are beautiful. Here are a few of the most popular handbag styles on the market, so you can choose the trend that intrigues you most and stay on top of new developments in handbag fashion.

Cool Crossbody Bags

Sometimes you just want to grab a few essentials and go. That’s when the crossbody bag is ideal! This small, easy to wear style features a long strap that you can sling across your shoulder for easy carrying. They are highly convenient and their hands-free feature is especially attractive for those girls on-the-go who just can’t be bothered with lugging around a handheld bag. Large messenger bags are especially convenient since they are both stylish and functional for carrying all your coveted possessions.

leather-envelope-clutch-blackCute Envelope Clutch Purse

An envelope clutch is often larger than a typical clutch and oozes style from its every square angle. These can be made of various fabrics and materials, but we are partial to cute leather clutches. They are perfect a night out on the town when you need a chic bag to complement your outfit. They’re the perfect size to fit your cell phone, keys and other essentials, plus they’ll look great in your social media pictures! A cool celebrity clutch will be a wonderful addition to your handbag collection.

large-womens-tote-bag-weekenderChic Oversized Tote Handbags

Ladies are often guilty of stuffing their handbags with virtually everything they think they’ll need throughout the day. Wallet, makeup, cell phone, tablet computer, even shoes have got to fit in there, and it’s a feat of engineering how we find space for all these items. Admit it, you’re guilty! Handbag fashion has (finally!) caught up with our need to be prepared for any possible scenario and huge stylish bags are totally on trend. These super size bags will carry all your essentials, and non-essentials too, and still look stylish. If you’re the type of gal who wants to carry her entire house in her bag, then an oversized tote bag will suit you fine.

Wanna shop these fabulous handbag trends? Click here to view our collection of chic handbags and clutches that will keep you looking stylish and win you lots of compliments.