Handbags. Dare to be Different: femme sud's Book Clutches


I was first introduced to this line of super unique clutches at Phoebe Cates’ Upper East Side store Blue Tree. At first I was wondering why she was showing me leather-bound books. To my delight…they were handbags! Now she had my attention.



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femme sud has created collectible handbag accessories that mix nostalgia and glamour with a bit of humor.  The dynamic duo behind the concept, Robin Goetz & Joanna Lipman, met in NYC. As the story goes, they were drawn to one another by their addiction to all things vintage and/or sparkly and their belief that they were both born in the wrong eras. When both of their vintage collections grew too large, they formed Ruby Vintage, selling handbags and jewelry from bygone days. Robin and Joanna saw an opportunity to combine the beauty and detail of the old with the creativity and innovations of the new. Inspired by everything from Scarlet O’ Hara to the Ruby Slippers, Target to flea market finds, femme sud was born.


A view of the inside of the book clutch  

Now femme sud has introduced a unique collection of seven clutches that are sure to be the talk of the town! Shaped like books, the clutches in the Ex Libris Collection are both nostalgic and modern, combining artistry with function. The purses are large enough to fit a cell phone and pda without skimping on glamour. Covered in detailed and colorful embroidery, each purse has a built-in mirror and comes with a signature femme sud lipstick and coin purse. Several bags even have leather photo corners to display your own photo. Each bag in the Ex Libris Collection is one of a limited edition of 999, so you won’t see your bag everywhere you go!

Some of our favorites are:

The Birds & The Bees – a rather “scientific” take on love and dating

Diary – photo corners allow you to show off your latest crush

Fame & Fortune –all you need to navigate stardom

– includes entries from your BFF and favorite teach

The Ex Libris collection retails for $395 at femmesud.com.

Or have one custom made! Yes, it costs more, but you are worth it, no? Just contact femme sud at 646.495.1681 for information.

-Lauren Dimet Waters

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