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CLN NFR Fashion Tip #1 – Plan to bring a clutch purse to the 2017 WNFR

If you plan on going to the Wrangler NFR this year from December 7-16th, you may want to read this! Here is more information on the new purse policy!

This year the new clear bag policy that various stadiums and the NFL have implemented will reach the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.  The array of tooled leather handbags, oversized purses, business totes or backpacks are not permitted on the concourse.  The fashionable items need to be replaced with a small clutch purse or clear Ziploc bag at the Thomas & Mack from December 7 – 16.  Personally, I will miss seeing the beautiful handbags the women carry and will just have to spend more time at Cowboy Christmas admiring the booth displays.
Diana, Princess of Wales, was often photographed with her famous clutch purse.  The timeless fashion icon designed her clutch purses to match outfits.  No doubt cowgirls want an alternative to carrying a clear Ziploc bag to compliment their Wrangler attire.
Last year I carried a clutch purse to the PRCA Awards Banquet as a fashion accessory.  I was tired of carrying around a bulky purse all day and wanted a lighter option.  Britt with Gotta B Country Style ( helped me select a clutch that was western in appearance.
In a telephone call with Hutch Leather Works, I mentioned the new policy. The duo of Todd and Angie Hutchins designed a leather clutch specifically for the upcoming WNFR.  While it might be hard to pare down the contents of every handbag, they determined the most frequently used items for their consumers.
“Our list of priorities was a cell phone, credit cards, money and room for a little touchup makeup.  So we made sure there were pockets for each of these and miraculously ended up with this sleek hand clutch,” stated Angie Hutchins, co-owner of Hutch Leather Works.
Visit to design a custom leather clutch to fit your style and order before the WNFR.

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Gretchen Kirchmann is a veteran journalist covering a variety of events across the country each year. She founded Kirchmann Media Group in 2009 and works as a marketing consultant with a forte for the western lifestyle industry, festivals, fairs and rodeo world. Her work includes 15 national communication awards plus coverage of Nashville's CMT Awards and CMA Fanfest. A favorite assignment was attending the all cast reunion of the Dukes of Hazard in 2006 and 2007 at Dukesfest. In December you will find her covering the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and Miss Rodeo America pageant live from Las Vegas. Her favorite color is orange, favorite song "Rocky Top" and she loves to dance especially clogging.

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