Dramatic! Romantic! Original! The epithets that apply to Clara Kasavina apply equally to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, so it’s no surprise that Clara was invited to create exclusive evening bags and jewelry for The Met’s Opera Shop at Lincoln Center.

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To see these fabulous designs, join us at Clara Kasavina’s Trunk Show at the shop on October 2 and 3 from Noon until 8pm. On offer are highly collectible evening bags crafted from costumes worn in Met performances, clutches made from the iconic and lavish original curtain that was salvaged when the Old Met was torn down in 1966, as well as crystal pendants made from the Old Met’s chandeliers.

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with its Swarovski encrusted frame. Clara told us, “Darling, can you believe – this
precious fabric is from a costume worn by mezzo-soprano sensation Sandra Piques Eddy in The Met’s production of The Merry Widow! Where else would you find such grand material but at The Metropolitan Opera?”

A series of costumes from Verdi’s Don Carlo, which enjoyed a “gripping revival” at the Met this year, were used to craft exquisite evening bags, one a minaudiere in brick red velvet adorned with gold braiding, another a small red velvet clutch with a crystal-encrusted frame.

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Imagine owning a piece of the Old Metropolitan Opera House’s extravagant curtain. You can – Clara was invited to come up with a creative re-use for that extraordinary feature of the old Met by designing a series of evening bags fashioned from the lush, golden fabric.

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And what about wearing a piece of The Met around your neck? Clara has taken beautifully faceted, 100-year-old Swarovski crystal balls from the chandeliers of The Old Metropolitan Opera House and fashioned them into two styles of pendants. There are a limited number of these exquisite, old crystals, so we suggest collectors make a bee-line to Clara’s Trunk Show on October 2 or October 3 (and nothing’s stopping you from attending both).


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NEW YORK, NY (01/2015) Clara Kasavina, acclaimed designer of iconic evening bags, clutches, minaudières and fashion jewelry, last week unveiled her Spring/Summer 2015 Collection at the ENK Accessorie Circuit in New York.  On the high touch side are little cross-body day-into-evening purses, soft pouches, and classic handbags in the perfect-for-spring, unusual colorations Clara Kasavina is known for. On the high tech side are laser-cut clutches, poly stone bags and jewelry and pierced caged metallic boxes.


But the buzz was all about Clara’s Honeybee Bag (see above), a delectable sun-yellow python clutch with a black braided leather border surmounted by a Swarovski double-stone clasp. The Honeybee Bag pays tribute to our endangered and essential little pollinators. Clara is donating 10% from sales of this must-have collectible to the Save the Honeybee Foundation a 501(c)3 non-profit.


Clara loves the fresh effects of laser-cutting. For spring/summer she has designed bags in white leather over gold leather that so closely simulate lace, it’s hard to believe the spidery paisley patterns are cut by machine.  These charming bags can go from day to evening seamlessly.

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The adorable matte python and leather cross body bag below comes in lavender, celadon, yellow and orange and is decorated with a sun-burst brooch of Swarovski stones. The Ina Wristlet shown in lime green with Clara’s signature tassel. Held on the wrist by a gold double-bangle, these little cuties are perfect cocktail party wear (“So you’re hands are free to hold both a drink and a canapé plate,” says Clara) as well as ideal for late-night clubbing. On the soft side too is this charming soft python celadon box crowned with three little Swarovski diamanté pyramids.

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A new departure for Clara is the Poly Stone line with triangular stones set in a Swarovski crystal border. It’s offered in unusual turn-heads colors – fuchsia, orange and blue marble such as the stunning minaudiere below. The jewelry has a fresh, summery feeling with triangles embedded in gold-tone casings. The fuchsia bracelet below has matching necklace and earrings.

All Clara Kasavina products are hand-made in New York City.

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NEW YORK, New York (07/2014) Clara Kasavina, iconic designer of collectible luxury evening bags and affordable fashion jewelry, is launching her Fall 2014 line at the Javits Center in August. As innovative as ever, the new collections, from python to “polka dots,” floral to fur, have an aesthetic that is young, fashion-forward and kicky. Clara says, “My new designs are more youthful, geared to the club set and those looking to stand out, turn heads, and stop shows. Couldn’t we all use more attention, darling?”

The new designs utilize modern, geometric shapes, popular fun furs and exotic skins, many enhanced with Swarovski crystals or adorned with tassels. All are hand made in New York City.

The New Circle Multicolored collection with its large round stones evokes classic polka dots. While it mixes multiple jewel tones — emerald, sapphire, pink tourmaline — it is bright without being flashy. On the three-graduated-strands necklace, a traditional clasp gives way to a more casual silk ribbon tie for a flirtier look.

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The Black Diamond Python group shows exotic skin to its best advantage. It includes three “Nadira” minaudières in three shapes, one topped with a miniature single dome, one with a double dome, yet another with a triple dome, recalling the toppers on brocaded Mongolian hats: the East continues to influence Clara.



In The Rose collection, classic Clara florals have morphed into a jewelry group that includes an uber-feminine cut-out bangle topped with a pink, pavéd rose; three-tiered drop earrings and a charming necklace formed of a series of diamanté florets tied with a creamy white silk ribbon.

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Lola juxtaposes jewel-colored stones in emerald green, sapphire blue, amethyst, tourmaline pink and smaller, clear stones, all set artfully to create a stunning minaudière crowned with a little pyramid of colored stones.  The geometric concept has been applied to a multi-colored triangle necklace that flatters any throat and a matching bracelet.

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The Day Shopper group is a charming departure for Clara Kasavina and comprises metallic python totes in silvery gold similar to the “gold” iPhone; gold Mongolian lamb and black Mongolian fur, all enhanced with tassels. The pièce de resistance is the show-stopping white Mongolian fur bag with white leather tassels suspended from a white leather shoulder strap (shown at top).The bag is a froth of fur, a luxe entrance piece for day into evening and looks marvelous worn with everything from jeans to a little black dress.

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One sources of inspiration for the new jewelry collection from Clara Kasavina is Antonio Gaudi, the Catalan architect, whose distinctive organic style was inspired by nature — cathedrals like sand castles (the Sagrada Familia Cathedral known as Barcelona’s Natural Wonder) and lighting fixtures like the sun.  Another inspiration is the new Freedom Tower, or One World Trade. While it references such iconic buildings as the Empire State and Chrysler, we love its simplicity, and that its shape is ‘eight tall isosceles triangles, a shape we use over and over from Swarovski Elements.  What all these inspirations  have in common is roots in the past but thoroughly modern design.





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Peek at Fall 2013 Collection

We were privileged to be given a Sneak Peek of Clara Kasavina’s Fall 2013 Collection of impossibly beautiful evening bags and collectible fashion jewelry. Clara, who always has her pulse on the most up-to-the-minute fashion trends, has designed her collection around three topical themes:  Africa, Anna Karenina and Asia all of which come under the rubric, Affordable Luxury.  Here’s a foretaste of what’s to come:

1.  This is Africa    


In keeping with her extraordinary ability to create accessories using skins, Clara Kasavina’s Fall 2013 Collection includes a variety of belts wrought of exotics that conjure the bushveldt of South Africa, the plains of Zambia and the desert of Namibia.  These wholly original belts are fastened with sculptural buckles in the shape of elephant or cheetah heads. The to-die-for buckles were created by Clara’s husband and design partner, Misha Berger, whose background is in both sculpture and jewelry.

Elephant BeltClara is best known for her red-carpet-ready evening bags and minaudières, many encrusted with Swarovski crystals. This fall Clara’s evening bags combine leopard prints with smooth leather inserts. Minaudières close with double faced heads of cheetahs. There are bracelets, too, in both copper and dark brass, which feature double-faced cheetah or elephants closures.

Clara-32.   Anna Karenina

Inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s classic book, the period and the film starring Keira Knightley, Clara has designed evening bags embellished with Russian broadtail & sheared mink.  “I remember,” she says, “Russian dolls dressed like Anna Karenina, who, though a fictional figure, was universally known in Russia. The dolls wore a typically 19th century fashion – a tight-fitting jacket and skirt that billowed to the floor. The outfit was green and adorned with Russian broadtail.” This fond memory inspired Clara to create broadtail (now often called Astrakhan, after a city in Russia) handbags.  These creations, carried in the evening to dinner, the theatre or a special event, project quiet luxury without foregoing sensual appeal.

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3.  Asia

Tassels are popular in Asia as ornaments on everything from hand fans to shoes (Chinese women used them to draw attention to their feet), at the ends of belts and as bookmarks. Depending on the culture, tassels have been used as symbols of love, protection, status, prayer and decor. In ancient Japan, a samurai would hang silk-braided tassels from his sword as a protection in fighting battles.   Clara just adores decorative elements and has discovered the ornamental value of tassels from China and Japan, Thailand and Korea.  “They are so charming, and they add panache to an evening bag or purse. Don’t you agree, darling?”

Tina soft leather pouch with detachable chain which can be worn as a necklace.

Tina soft leather pouch with detachable chain which can be worn as a necklace.

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Fabby Minaudiere is a Star!

More and more celebrities are gravitating to Clara Kasavina, award winning designer of evening bags, minaudières, clutches, purses and collectible fashion jewelry. Spotted at the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s new hit film, Django Unchained, was beautiful Nichole Galicia wearing a long, one-shouldered white gown and carrying Clara Kasavina’s aptly named Fabby. The fabulous Fabby minaudière is a rectangular clutch in silver (it also comes in gold) studded with large, varying-shaped clear crystals. It’s the perfect evening bag to wear for a special occasion — a party, a benefit, the opera — or dinner with your significant other. Wherever you go, you’re sure to turn heads

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Nichole Galicia

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Fabby Minaudiere


If you want to channel Marilyn Monroe, wear a Clara Kasavina evening bag, just like this glamorous MM lookalike did. The event? A photo shoot for a Teaser Magazine.  Styled by Brendan Cannon and photographed by Marco Marezza. Here is “Marilyn,” poured into a body-hugging fishtail dress, swaddled in a white mink stole and carrying Clara Kasavina’s “Fabby.” The sparkling minaudière is the perfect complement to the softness of the fur wrap and holds its own with the sequined and pailetted gown.  “It’s flattering to see my Fabby bag on this gorgeous model,” says Clara. “I think the real Marilyn Monroe would have approved. Don’t you think so, darling


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Metropolitan Opera Collection

High drama. Stunning sets. Sublime music. Celestial voices.
These are the hallmarks of New York’s legendary Metropolitan Opera.  Who is not swept away by the opera house itself with its grand staircases and glittering, fanciful Swarovski crystal chandeliers, a commemorative gift of the Austrian government when the new Met opened at Lincoln Center?


Clara Kasavina and her husband and design partner, Misha Berger, adore the opera, one of the cultural threads that informs their oeuvre of award-winning red carpet evening bags and fashion jewelry.

“A night at the opera, Verdi’s Masked Ball, say, or Traviata, stirs the passions, darling, and is so transporting, isn’t it?” Clara says, throwing her eyes to heaven. “It’s one of our favorite ways to be entertained.”

Why not take home a perfect souvenir of such an emotionally engaging evening? You can, you know, if you’re an opera buff, here’s a secret.  Clara Kasavina has created a Metropolitan Opera Collection. Own a piece of Met history with one-of-a-kind Clara Kasavina purses, which have been hand made using the actual golden silk brocade fabric of one of the Met’s original curtains, and also features  crystals from an original Met Opera chandelier in its clasps.

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The bags and jewelry can be found at the opera shop on the north end of the ground floor,  What perfect Christmas or Channukah gifts for lovers of Bizet and Puccini and Mozart! While you’re at it, get one for yourself, too, so you can flaunt your opera savvy next time you get dressed to kill.


If you can’t get to the Opera,  visit the Met Opera Shop online to shop the Clara Kasavina collection.

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