“ Ted Baker / Clutch „
~ ~ Ted Baker Galar Bow Clutch Bag - Black ~ ~
I purchased the Galar bow clutch bag at the beginning of the summer season in May 2012. It is an evening oversized clutch with a very unique and stylish woven straw pattern, designed by Ted Baker. My clutch bag is in black colour, but the same design is also available in pink.
The bow clutch features a rattan flap over closure and a glossy black base material that creates a nice contrast. The woven straw overlay covers the flap closure and the ¾ of the back surface. The oversized black bow detail stands out at the front, adding some extra style to the overall look of the bag. The TB signature logo lettering at front is made with metallic rose gold finish.
The oversized clutch bag measures approximately 35cm at widest x 19.5cm tall at center x 3.5cm deep. The bag features a magnetic closure device and the flap over front of the bag opens to reveal one spacious main compartment. The rattan cover is stiffer than the rest of the bag and doesn't open very wide, however you can still have easy access to the contents. The internal lining is made by fabric, imprinted with floral pattern that is extremely attractive and looks like a real life picture of flowers and plants. Inside the clutch there is an 18 cm wide interior zip pocket which has a very decent size comparing to my other clutches. On the front inside part of the bag you'll find three convenient mini pockets for your credit cards and notes. The clutch is quite deep and has enough space that can easily fit my 2 phones, purse, lippy, keys and there is still plenty of room inside.
It doesn't come with a shoulder chain strap like many other evening clutch bags. This one is designed to be used only as a clutch, not across the shoulder.
The bag design is unique and it looks fashionable and expensive. It's a practical, roomy and well made evening bag that fits everything. It is light in weight and according to the label inside, the woven straw overlay is made of 100% Rattan, the internal lining is 100% Polyester and the trim is 100% Polyurethane. The clutch bag is manufactured in China.
One drawback with this bag is that the surface of the glossy black PU material can easily be scratched and I've already noticed some scratches from use. Additionally, I would like to see a dust bag with the clutch but it came in a regular clear plastic bag instead.
Ted Baker products can be found in the official brand shops and at other places like John Lewis, House of Fraser, Asos etc. I ordered mine online from asos.com and I paid £49 at full price. Also available in the range are the Tote bags with the same rattan upper and the patent bow detail. However, this range was part of the spring/summer collection and it's currently unavailable at the aforementioned websites.
Overall, it is a beautiful and chic designer bag. I think that for £49, the clutch bag is a bit overpriced and you are probably paying the Ted Baker brand name with this price. However, I have to say that the quality is great and the chic design of the bag can compliment most outfits.
Care Instructions: It can be cleaned with a sponge.
Ted Baker official website: http://www.tedbaker.com
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Clutch bag with bow detail from Ted Baker.