The Stelle Audio Couture Clutch merges fashion with technology in a surprisingly functional manner. Admittedly, I accepted this review without fully thinking through how we’d incorporate this piece of luxury travel gear into our family vacations or daily life, but we’ve used it in a variety of situations including:
- impromptu dance parties in the playroom.
- gardening in the front yard.
- mother-daughter beach vacations in Maui (pictured above).
When the Stelle Audio Couture Clutch is closed, it looks like a handbag you’d carry on a night out. It comes with a detachable pretty silver chain, a power cord and a cord that connects it to devices, if need be. Except, when you open the clutch—surprise—it’s a shiny silver speaker.
How the Stelle Audio Couture Clutch Works
Press power, and you’ll hear, “helloooo!” in a perfect British accent. Hooking your iPhone up to the clutch takes less than a minute once you know how to do it. Basically, turn on the Bluetooth function on your phone, press the connection button on the clutch and, voila, the perfect British accent will tell you that a connection has been made.
Bluetooth capability allows the clutch to be used as a speakerphone which means no more struggling to hear what people are saying during a conference call. The sound is crisp and clear. We used it to chat with my husband together while in Hawaii. The clarity is miles better than Skype.
The Technical Details
Those of you who would like to geek out over the details should know that the Stelle Audio Couture Clutch’s 2.0 stereo system includes:
- proprietary (1.5”) acoustic drivers (stereo pair).
- a universal power supply 100-240V AC.
- 50-60Hz, built-in microphone for Speakerphone capabilities.
- a Bluetooth® wireless range of up to 50 feet.
Basically, the high quality sound is miles better than playing music on your iPhone. In fact, there’s just no comparison. The lithium ion rechargeable battery allows for around 15 hours of play time on the go.
Things to Know About the Stelle Audio Couture Clutch
The clutch alone weights 1.9 lbs and while it doesn’t seem like much, it’s enough to plan for. The pocket on the side of the clutch isn’t quite big enough to carry your smartphone and is probably a little too loose to store valuables in. It can’t be your only handbag unless you carry other essentials in pockets or drop it in a bigger bag like a Louis Vuitton Neverfull (which is what I do).
The stylish Stelle Audio Couture Clutch also comes in a variety of colors to match your personal style.
Do We Like It?
It’s a huge conversation piece because people haven’t seen anything like it before. While you can and should travel with it, I think we like using it best day-to-day around the house (though we are taking it to the Hotel Del Coronado this weekend). My daughter thinks it’s amazing. The retail price of $349-$399 is a commitment but if you’re a stylish gal on the go, you’ll love it.
Stelle Audio Couture recently partnered with DwellStudio on their other speaker line, Pillar, which is equally chic. Check it out.