Ever look at those fabulous outfits during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera and dream of taking them home? Or just marvel at the opulence of the curtains and chandeliers and find your imagination taking flight?

Dreams have become reality in an unexpected way. The Met has teamed up with Clara Kasavina, the beloved fashion house that has called New York City home for over thirty years, painstakingly crafting every luxurious handbag and piece of jewelry by hand in their Long Island City factory and showroom.

The Met handed over costumes in storage from productions of Don Carlo, the Merry Widow, and other operas. They added sections of the famed gold curtain of the Old Met, formerly at Broadway and 40th street, which was torn down in 1966.

And what did they get in return? A series of stunning handbags and clutches made from these materials in astonishing configurations, laden with crystal from the Old Met’s magnificent chandeliers, all personally designed by Clara Kasavina and made lovingly by hand.

The “Olga” evening bag, for example, was made from the costume worn by mezzo-soprano sensation Sandra Piques Eddy in the Met’s production of the Merry Widow. Then there is a series of bags from Verdi’s Don Carlo, one a minaudiere in brick red velvet adorned with gold braiding, another a small red velvet clutch with a crystal-encrusted frame.

It's time for another opportunity to witness the extraordinary partnership between the Metropolitan Opera and Clara Kasavina in action. On November 27th and 28th, come to the Met Shop between 12 pm and 8 pm to witness  this collection of remarkable handbags and jewelry--and maybe meet the designer herself. Come see fashion and opera meet in an exceptional way!


Simpler Navigation and Larger Visuals Showcase Clara Kasavina Evening Bags and Fashion Jewelry

Nina Cuff

Leonid Gurevich

NEW YORK, NY (10/11/2015) Clara Kasavina, the award-winning designer of collectible, high-end evening bags and fashion jewelry, has re-launched her website to better showcase her creations and to make shopping for them online more user friendly. “I not only wanted better close-ups of my designs,” she said, “but I wanted to show customers how pieces have been worn or could be worn either layered or dressed up or down.” The new website includes designs that have appeared on the runway, on numerous celebrities, in fashion publications or in fashion ads. Above, Clara’s Nina Cuff, set with a plethora of differently-shaped Swarovski® Elements, is shown to advantage on the arm of a model in a shimmery cocktail dress. The fabulous vignette was styled and shot by sought-after fashion photographer Leonid Gurevich.

Nicolai Bag

Another example is the Nicolai, an exquisite evening bag that combines the world’s most beloved shape – the egg – with up-to-the-minute laser-cut leather bordered by two glittering layers of golden Swarovski® Elements and double layers of smaller Swarovski crystals. On the website all its myriad details can be clearly seen as in the photograph to the right. It appeared recently in Italian Vogue in a provocative vignette where a veiled woman draped in fur is seated in a limousine clutching the Nicolai bag in her lap. The viewer can only imagine why she is turning away from the gentleman knocking on the car window.

Italian Vogue

Clara Kasavina designs have been worn on the red carpet by numerous celebrities, including Rihanna, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez, Lake Bell, Shakira, Heather Graham and Catherine Zeta-Jones, among others. The re-launched web site shows the stars wearing pieces by Clara Kasavina. Here, Beyoncé wears a silver necklace named after her. The Beyoncé is a highly architectural choker design and comes in gold as well.

Beyonce Necklace


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.

Metropolitan Opera

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.


We adore this gorgeous mustard velvet and embroidered brocade “Olga” evening bag 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.

Don Carlo Bag
Oxana Bag

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. 

Met Gold Curtain Clutch

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).


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.

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.

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.