And then, wandering on Etsy a few weeks ago, I found a US-based seller offering book clutches for a fraction of the price. I contacted her and asked if she would make for me my perfect Christmas clutch: a black, red and gold Anna Karenina version inspired by the Modern Library Book looks. It did take a little while longer than I'd originally anticipated, but after a few weeks of waiting I received this beautifully hand embroidered clutch.
I adore the Anna Karenina story, it brings images of snow and Russian parties and passionate encounters. All I want to think about in the run-up to the holidays! The clutch arrived looking so pretty and perfect, I think I'm going to use it next week for a client dinner.
The good news? You can order the exact same clutch here, as the seller has decided to keep my design in her collection: Anna Karenina book clutch on Etsy.