There are a lot of scenarios in life where “bigger is better” (beds, diamonds, and slices of cake are just a few that come to mind). But, when it comes to a purse, that's not always the case. A big purse is great for a lot of occasions, but some days call for something a little more discreet.
For those occasions where you need nothing but the essentials, a night out with friends, a more formal event, or a sporting event, a clutch bag might be all you need.
You may be thinking that a traditional clutch can be a little high maintenance; without a strap or handle you’re forced to surrender one hand to it at all times. That's why we created our Companion Max and Mini. Clutch bags with a handle and a removable crossbody strap.
This makes it one of the most versatile and functional clutch purses on the market. No more worrying about losing your clutch when you can easily convert it to a crossbody purse. And no more tucking it under your arm or dropping it, because it has a convenient handle.
The Companion Max is just the right size for all your essentials, especially if your essentials include a book or a tablet. It’s not so small that you’re debating if you “really need” everything you’d normally carry. And it’s not too big that it creates a “black hole”, where you can’t find what you need. The Companion Mini has ample space but, if you’re more of a “keys, cash, phone and Chapstick” kind of woman, the Mini may be all you need. That way, for those occasions where bigger isn't necessarily better, you have all your essentials right where you need them.
For the perfectly packed crossbody clutch from Chicago, be sure to include these items in your Companion Max so you’re prepared for anything the day brings your way.
Mints or Gum
You never know what kind of restaurant you might end up at, or if your morning coffee will linger on your breath. Minty gum is also a great way to stay alert during the day if you’ve already had coffee and want to avoid “the caffeine jitters”. Either way, it’s easy to pack and a lifesaver in many situations!
Cash or cards & ID
Make sure to always have money and your ID or license on you. This may seem like a no-brainer but, even if you don't plan on spending money, you never know when you might need it and it’s good to have in case of emergency. If you’d rather not carry your whole wallet, our Insider cardholder does a great job of holding cards, cash, and coins in a small little package that will take up almost no space in your bag.
The only thing worse than having a jagged nail that gets caught on absolutely everything is having one all day. Not only will packing nail-trimmers save you from that frustrating experience, you can also use it to clip tags, trim loose threads, or open tricky packaging. It can come in handy for much more than just clipping hangnails here and there.
Lipstick or gloss
An essential to make a lazy day look fabulous or to turn a work look into a evening look. In a pinch, you can even use lipstick or gloss as a cheek tint to brighten up your face. Have fun with the colors you chose too, lipstick is an accessory that goes with any occasion!
Hair binder and bobby pins
Two things that we can never keep track of. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where your bun is falling out or get to the gym and not have a ponytail holder. Avoid these situations by being fully stocked with extras, because who really knows where they disappear to anyways?
Pro-tip: wrap extra hair ties around a handful of bobby pins, so they’re not all floating around your bag.
We have all been in the panic of trying to conserve phone battery, but when it's 4 pm and you’re on 10%, it’s pretty much a lost cause. Save yourself the stress and keep an extra charger with you. You will be glad you did when you have a fully charged phone to order an Uber at the end of the night. Still not in to carrying a long, tangly cord around? In a pinch, select Starbucks locations have tables with built-in, wireless charging pads.
If you are prone to headaches or body aches from sitting at a desk or running around town, this is a great thing to keep on hand. You can get single packets at the drugstore that slip easily into your purse and don’t rattle with every movement, like the bottle would. You may think you’ll never use it but, on the rare occasion you do, you’ll be glad you have it. And, if you don't need it throughout the day, someone else probably will, and you'll be a hero for having it.
With all these essential items packed in your crossbody clutch, you'll be ready to take on any day. Personalize your Companion by selecting one of eight colors and chose to wear it across your body or by the handle. You might find that a clutch really can be the ultimate companion, for any occasion.