I’ve just discovered the cutest new handbag, The Kinsley Kat, and it’s likely to be pouncing to the top of a few of our accessory wish lists for spring. Designer Sylvia Soo created this adorable clutch for her young niece, but its understated styling (and not so understated price) makes it a lot more versatile than your average tween/teen animal accessory. I can picture it as a clutch that complements a little black dress for a full-grown woman with more whimsical style, but it could also look great worn with the optional strap and jeans if you’re going for a more everyday look.

I also love that Sylvia handcrafts each product in her small Edmonton studio, so like all pets, each Kinsley Kat is one-of-a-kind.

And if cats aren’t your bag, you might like the just-as-sweet Ruby Bear — same idea, different ears.

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Sylvia Soo clutches are available as cute kitties or this adorable bear


We should mention that at 4.5″ by 7″, these bags are definitely more for style than carrying much more than credit cards, your license and a spare $20. So unless you’re a minimalist ninja mom or Marie Kondo, you may only be using this purse for special occasions. But then again, who doesn’t need a good excuse for a date night?

You can find Sylvia Soo’s Kinsley Kat clutch and Ruby Bear clutch — and other super cute leather goods — at Sylvia Soo Leather.

And welcome to our newest contributor and first contributing cool aunt, Caroline Siegrist!