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Kicking the NFL's new handbag rules to the curb: This $2,000 alligator clutch meets regulations

Kick the NFL's handbag rules to the curb: $2,000 alligator clutch OK

Alexandra Knight NFL Bag small disco bag flame red ostrich mannequine
The small "disco" bag in flame red ostrich is a nice fit for football Sundays. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Knight
Alexandra Knight NFL Bag
Alexandra Knight's small crossbody bag is designed to meet the NFL's restrictive regulations. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Knight
Alexandra Knight NFL Bag small disco bag (front) peanut matte alligator
No more plastic: The small "disco" bag in peanut, matte alligator is just the ticket for the next Texans game. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Knight
Houston Texans reusable clear plastic stadium bag
Of course, you can always go with the $10 Texans stadium bag, which clearly holds more stuff. NFLShop.com
Bob McNair Texans San Diego
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair greets fashionably loyal Texans fans in San Diego's NFL stadium. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Alexandra Knight NFL Bag small disco bag flame red ostrich mannequine
Alexandra Knight NFL Bag
Alexandra Knight NFL Bag small disco bag (front) peanut matte alligator
Houston Texans reusable clear plastic stadium bag
Bob McNair Texans San Diego

How the fashionistas howled when the National Football League announced last summer that high-style totes, backpacks and even pricey Hermes birkins would be banned from the stadiums with the first kickoff of the 2013 season. Never mind that the NFL declared the stringent rules a matter of public safety, what about personal style?

Houston-based luxury handbag and accessories designer Alexandra Knight to the rescue with her crossbody clutch that meets the NFL annoying regulations. Unless you go for a plastic see-through tote, 12 inches by 12 inches, or carry a one-gallon clear freezer bag, your handbag options have been seriously limited. A small clutch bag 6.5 inches by 4.5 inches is as large as is acceptable.

"Because a plastic bag is never chic," the email posting on the new option reads, "we've redesigned our small crossbody to fit the new NFL regulations."

Inspiration for the gridiron-acceptable bag came from Knight's regular customers, who clamored for something fashionable to carry to the games. She scaled down one of her popular clutches and added a detachable shoulder strap, matching wristbands available on request.

These beauties are not for the feint of heart or those light on discretionary income. The bags start at $1,150 in lizard and go as high as $1,995 in alligator. The little gems are special order and can be requested in a variety of colors and skins.