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Top 5 Out-of-the-Forest Bags: Wood You Dare?

Top 5 Out-of-the-Forest Bags

I always find it intriguing to see the inclusion of wood on a bag, and in this case, more than just a touch does the trick. In fact, more is better. But in order for an all-over wooden bag to look runway chic, rather than something you picked up at the Yosemite National Park gift shop, it takes a true designer’s eye. One with an artistic edge that can elevate raw materials into a whimsical realm. With unique details and a sophisticated nod to nature, these five have it right:

1. Rauwolf Brutalist Clutch:icon With abalone green wood-grain plexiglass and a jewel-inspired closure, this satin-lined piece is a treasure that’s sure to mesmerize. On Farfetch for $3,522.

2. Tesler + Mendelovitch Wearable Wood Clutch:icon This bag is made completely from ebony wood, a tree that can take over a century to fully form. This handmade clutch by Israel design duo Tesler + Mendelovitch didn’t take quite as long, but it looks like the detailed construction could have. On Not Just a Label for $681.

3. Alexander McQueen Britannia Wooden Skull Box Clutch:icon Here’s the update McQueen’s trademark Union Jack motif needed, refreshingly simple and perfectly offbeat. Available for preorder at Neiman Marcus for $2,455 (expect shipping by October 22nd).

4. Lanvin Stone Wood Box Clutch:icon Rigid wooden panels make the perfect frame for clutch of natural stone tiles. Think organic materials meets jet-set glamour, a genius marriage. On Farfetch for $2,650.

5. Stella McCartney Faux-Napa and Wood Clutch Bag:icon Trust Stella to show restraint when it comes to her materials, and this refined mix of simulated nappa leather and beautifully streaked wood is no exception. At Neiman Marcus for $839 (from $1,865).

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