Any time I go out to eat, the first order of business after being seated is finding a safe place to stow my purse. If I’m lucky, I can set my bag on an empty seat next to me; if the seats are large enough, my bag goes right next to me. If there is no better spot to place it, then my bag goes on my lap … and if that’s impractical, my bag goes on the floor. Quelle horreur!
Placing my bag on the floor is always accompanied by much anxiety on my part, as restaurant floors can be notoriously nasty. To avoid the floor, I’ve even been known to place my bag between my legs, resting on the tops of my shoes. Think I’m weird? Ask your girlfriend or your wife; they probably have a similar routine.
We’ve reviewed several alternative methods to keep your bag from sitting on a dirty floor in the past, but the Clipa Instant Handbag Hanger is the best looking and first I’ve ever seen that can convert from a bangle bracelet to a purse hanger in seconds. I’ll show you how in just a bit, but first … the Clipa in its packaging,
The Clipa is a hinged metal ring which measures about 2.75″ across and has a substantial, weighty feel. Clipa’s interior measurement is 2.25″ across, which makes it the perfect size for someone like me, with a 5.75″ wrist, to wear it as a loose bangle bracelet.
Considering all of the colors Clipa is available in, you should be able to find something that matches the bags you most often carry, or that matches the color of jewelry you most often wear.
The Clipa’s hinge opens to latch on tabletops, chair arms, chair backs, shopping cart handle, counters, and perhaps most importantly — interior bathroom stall walls — because let’s face it, it never fails that you’ll end up in the one bathroom stall with the broke or missing coat-hook — and that is one place where your bag should absolutely never, ever go on the floor. Urgh!
The Clipa website says that it can hold up to 45 pounds, but if you are carrying around that type of back-breaking gear, a handbag hanger is probably the least of your worries! And yes, I know that the Chloe Clipa is not the best color match for my Louis Vuitton’s polished brass rings; I think maybe I should order the Kati (brushed gold) or the Savi (polished gold) for a better match / contrast.
Clipa is reasonably priced, so getting more than one in different finishes is certainly feasible. Clipa is sturdy, nicely designed, and doesn’t only work with purses; you can use it for diaper bags, gear bags, umbrellas, laptop bags, backpacks — literally anything that can be hung and that you want to keep off the floor. When you aren’t using Clipa, you can wear it as a bangle, attach it to the handle on your bag, or slip it into an interior pocket. Mother’s day is in just a few months, and I think that this would make a lovely gift.
The Clipa Instant Handbag Hanger is available directly from the manufacturer.
MSRP: $19.99, if you buy three or more shipping is free
What I Like: Can be worn as a bangle when not being used to protect your bag; many different finishes to match your favorite bag’s hardware; reasonably priced; keeps your bag off the floor … Yay!
What Needs Improvement: Nothing; it works exactly as advertised, and it looks great on the wrist or holding your bag