When it comes to the exotic-skinned classics, Nancy Gonzalez never fails me. She knows how to showcase crocodile and integrate it into the design, no hardware, logos, or bells and whistles required. That’s why her clutches get more than their fair share of time out on the town with me – high quality and tasteful execution with no embellishments will always go with what you’re wearing.
This gorgeous box is about as ostentatious as she gets: a slight golden sheen is ideal for the holidays, but this isn’t so festively specific that you couldn’t enjoy it all year round. (Summer gold? Amazing, especially when you have a tan. Resort-ready brights? This is the popping neutral you need to complement, not compete.) My favorite aspect is that it’s an actual box, making it unique without being weird, it opens up like the greatest present every time you need to get something. Nancy’s interiors always have function in mind: three cardholders and an ample patch pocket for your phone you can easily drop in and pull out. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,200.
Pair with: Soft orange and shimmering gold make an alluring combination that’s not expected either. Diane von Furstenberg makes it look easy with her stretch-jersey dress. Flattering seams and a look-at-me, little slit make it feel special. On Net-a-Porter for $465.