We all have that one friend or family member that is impossible to buy presents for because they seemingly already have everything. The trendiest makeup palette? Check. Endless candles and bath bombs? Check. The latest technology? Check.
Well there’s one item I’m sure they don’t have and will treasure forever; a sparkly, custom made clutch with their name on it.
I recently had the chance to design my own clutch from Island to East Side and it’s the best gift I’ve ever given myself. The design turned out beautiful and the quality is top notch, I’m considering naming my child Emily just so I can pass this clutch down.
The entire design process takes place online, where you can choose from bags of different shapes and sizes. The site even offers customizable totes and hats that are ideal for a tropical bachelorette or honeymoon. I decided to go with the medium structured silhouette because I’m always running out of space in my bag. The size is large enough to easily hold my phone, wallet, and lip glosses for a night out yet I can still hold the clutch with one hand.
There’s more than 50 different colors to choose from and five different types of fonts. With so many options, I appreciate how the site gives you plenty of examples to see how the color combinations will look like in real life. I always love a pop of color, so I went with the turquoise base and a gold, cursive font. While I inscribed my name, you can personalize it with pretty much any word. This makes it great for brides who want a custom clutch for their wedding day. Whether you go with 'Mrs. X' or both of your initials, the choice is yours.
You also get a few options for the chain, and most of them are removable so you can alternate between wearing the bag over your shoulder or in your hand as a clutch.
Island to East Side Medium Structured Clutch
Keep in mind that all sales are final and the brand doesn’t accept changes after you submit your order, so take your time to make your dream design. Once you submit your order, it should ship in about 30 days.
Opening my package felt like Christmas. The design looked exactly like the mockup, if not better. The colors are vivid and consistent. The beading is high quality, with every inch of the bag covered and no loose beads or threads. A magnetic clasp keeps everything secured and easily opens and closes.
Whenever I wear this out, I get a ton of comments and compliments. At around $200, the price isn’t trivial, but it still is cheaper than a designer purse. Best of all, it’s unique and personalized to you. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for your loved one or want to walk down the aisle with a statement piece, this customizable clutch is an accessory that will be treasured forever.
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Emily Cieslak is an Assistant Commerce editor and writes about all things beauty and fashion. Before writing for Brides, she interned at The Knot, where she got her first taste of bridal content. She has also written for Byrdie, InStyle, and Real Simple.