Saturday, July 25, 2020

Dagne Dover Essentials Clutch Wallet: 1.0 vs. 2.0

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between the old and new Dagne Dover Essentials Clutch Wallet designs? Read on!

  • Dimensions: 9 ½ L” x 6 ¼ H”, 21 ½” - 23 ½” shoulder strap drop length
  • ECW "2.0" MSRP: $135.00 ($175.00 for limited edition leather versions)

The original Essentials Clutch ("ECW 1.0") was released on March 2nd, 2017 as part of Dagne Dover's re-designed Signature Collection. The design was later modified and re-released as the Essentials Clutch 2.0 ("ECW 2.0") as part of the brand's FW19 collection, with new features including:

  • Expanded zippered pocket compartments
  • Addition of crossbody strap
  • Additional side D-ring for crossbody wear
  • Additional card slots (increased from four to eight)
  • Interior body key clip moved to zip pocket interior

The overall width and length has not changed.

ECW 1.0
ECW 2.0

Key clip placement
ECW 1.0 in Nubian Rose, OCW in Linen, ECW 2.0 in Siren

The ECW 1.0 replaced the 2013 Original Clutch Wallet ("OCW") in 2017, and the 2.0 version re-introduces many of the features customers loved about the OCW design (more card slots, crossbody strap option, etc).

ECW 2.0 with alternate strap (Coach Dinky chain strap in Dark Gunmetal)
ECW 1.0 in Bleecker Blush with Coach Dinky 24 Chain Strap
ECW 1.0 with strap (Coach Dinky Strap in Gold)

The ECW 1.0 design has only one D-ring, but you can turn it into a crossbody bag by passing a strap through the black elastic lipgloss loop (as shown above).

I've also discovered a few 'hacks' to make the ECW 1.0 more practical. Behold!

Magnetic card holder from OCW

Accordion Travel Wallet in Bone — has magnetic closures

Access to back card slip pocket
Accordion Card Case in Lychee with Hearts — has magnetic closure

The Original Clutch Wallet still has my heart, but the ECW 2.0 definitely feels like a step in the right direction. I'd finally be sold on it if Dagne Dover re-introduced the magnetic card holder from the OG design—it was seriously a brilliant feature!

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Did this post help you choose your new Dagne Dover Essentials Clutch Wallet? Let me know what you got! Leave me a comment here or on Instagram (@totesdagne).

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