On Our Radar: Rauwolf Clutches

“I wanted to challenge the standard formula for luxury,” says Kristine Johannes, the designer behind Rauwolf clutches. “So much of the industry seems to have settled into a comfort zone of simple designs in exotic skins. I wanted to create something different and unexpected, focusing on innovation and use of unusual materials.”

That’s exactly what she’s done, using Plexiglas and mirrors to make her highly architectural, geometric-shaped collection of bags, first launched for Spring ‘12. “Plexiglas is not a material traditionally considered as luxurious, but it’s very versatile and can be cut and molded into architectural shapes and interesting forms,” Johannes, who has a background working with couturier John Anthony, as well as at J.Crew and Devi Kroell, tells Style.com. “It works well with the geometric angles and the futuristic look I am inspired by. I was also drawn to the way Plexiglas reflects light when combined with mirrors.” For Fall, she’s continued to work those materials into a collection of eye-catching, Deco-esque shapes that could easily lend themselves to a geometry lesson. Although Johannes is wisely taking the development process of her line slowly (they are currently only sold on her Web site), her bags ($1,300 to $2,200) are sure to land in the arms of editors and the red-carpet set soon enough. Rauwolf is one to watch.
—Kristin Studeman

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