The Eva clutch is a versatile and popular bag from LV. If you are considering purchasing the clutch or if you, like me, are not using your bag due to its long strap then this post might be helpful!
LV Eva Clutch Leather Strap is Too Long on a Petite Frame
The bag comes with a 15-inch non-detachable gold chain and a 48-inch detachable leather strap. Before I purchased the bag I researched about the long strap and even went to the store to try on the bag. Even though I knew the strap was too long for my body frame, I still purchased the bag because I loved its versatility and shape. I am 5 foot 2 inches and as cross body the bag hits me slightly below my butt. Of course over the shoulder using the leather strap is out of the question (hits only a few inches above my knee).
For a while, I dealt with the longer strap and used the bag; however, eventually I stopped using the bag because of the awkward length it hits my side. Additionally, the long bag makes me look proportionally shorter.
I looked online for options to shorten the leather strap and found this useful thread on the Purse Blog. A lovely poster presented two options to shorten the straps by 2-8 inches. These options are really clever! Unfortunately these are only short-term fixes. When I tried option 1, the tucked-in portion will flip back out. I love the length option 2 offers but the “hidden” strap inside the zipper is in the way when you use the bag. Also, the leather strap no longer pulls up one of the zipper ends, which is the look I prefer.
Of course, one option is to take the strap to a cobbler to get it shorten. However, I am unwilling to alter the bag. One, I am concerned whether the cobbler can perfectly cut and re-stitch the leather strap. Two, if I eventually want to sell this bag, altering the straps will decrease its value.
I also looked into buying a shorter strap. LV offers an adjustable length strap for $280, which is just ridiculous. There is also a website called Mautto that sells custom replaceable straps for ~$30-$50 depending on the length. However, from the pictures online, the quality and craftsmanship did not look so great.
I also thought about selling the bag. However, the discounted price offered by the reseller sites didn’t make sense and I am not experienced with selling on eBay. Long story short, I gave up and just didn’t use the Eva clutch for over a year.
Then recently, I decided I have to find a solution: sell, cobble the strap or find an alternative strap. Then I found an Etsy shop from China called life2creation that offers all sorts of gold chains for bags or jewelry. I ended up purchasing this 100cm (~40 inch) gold chain for $4.00 plus $3.50 shipping for a total of $8.00. Now, I can finally use my Eva clutch again!
If you are thinking about purchasing the LV Eva clutch and you have a petite frame, there is a high chance you will eventually want a shorter strap.