Clutches of Karma with Pia Dargani
I met with the talented designer and creator, Pia Dargani, of Clutches of Karma, over some seriously delicious coffee to find out more about her stunning collection of clutches. If you are looking for a pop of colour or interesting textures to add to your wardrobe, look no further – these super stylish and slightly vintage looking clutches are sure to do the trick! To make every purchase even sweeter, Clutches of Karma has teamed up with Divine Mercy College Foundation, Inc. to support as many children throughout their education.
Tell me a bit about yourself, your background and how you came to designing clutch bags?
I’m currently living in Vancouver, finishing up my degree in Asian Studies (yes, a whole different ballpark from fashion – but nonetheless, another passion of mine!) at UBC. I grew up in the Philippines, which to many people’s surprise is an incredibly fashion forward city. I’m a big foodie, so when I’m not designing or studying, I’m usually on the hunt for the best food in the city. I’m also a travel junkie – just last year I took the plunge and moved to London for the year! While I’ve flirted with fashion from a very young age, it was in London that the idea of Clutches of Karma truly gained momentum – and it’s been uphill since then!
Where do you get all your materials from and where are the clutch bags made?
All the materials are sourced from the Philippines, with the help of my mom (where would I be without her?) I’ve chosen to work with local co-ops from there as part of the Clutches of Karma vision to facilitate community development and economic growth in the Philippines.
Where do you get your inspirations from for your clutches?
I’m inspired by so much I encounter on a day-to-day basis – Sometimes even a beautiful sunset can inspire a new design! I’ve recently taken an interest to eco-friendly products and sustainability – so I’m currently working on a line that is very Vancouver-esque! I’m SO excited for everyone to see it!
Who are some other bag designers out there that you admire?
I’d have to say my all time favorite is Bottega Veneta – I just love how simple, elegant and well made their bags are. I’ve been on the artisan page of their website so many times – and every time I’m in even more awe!
What was the single most important thing you learned about designing clutch bags?
Haha that’s an easy one – it’s not as easy as it looks! Sometimes something drawn on paper is just not feasible or practical! It’s especially hard because I’m only able to go back to the Philippines a couple of times a year so I’m usually only able to look at samples through photos. Luckily for me, my mom is based in the Philippines and has excellent taste – so needless to say, she helps me out quite a bit.
Which is your favorite clutch at the moment and why?
My all time favorite leather clutch is onyx! Haha I always refer to it as “my little black clutch” – versatile, goes with almost anything! Ah, and not to mention, I just LOVE the textures on it!
Can you give us a taster of when your next collection might hold for us?
I’m going to be experimenting quite a bit with using unique materials – things I can guarantee you never thought you’d be sporting on your arms!
What is your favorite fashion quote?
“Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.”
This is something I always grapple with when designing clutches! Some purses I design look more like sculptures – then I realize, “Oh dear, how would one even carry that?!”
How did the name “Clutches of Karma” came about?
Well it was integral for me to incorporate the socially conscious aspect of my new venture, and Clutches of Karma did just that – not to mention, I love the play on words going on there! There were a few in the running (i.e. In the Clutches of Karma and Karma’s Clutch), but I just couldn’t shake Clutches of Karma once I had come up with it!