Chloe has had a tough few months. The brand’s Fall 2011 show in Paris was not particularly well-received in fashion circles (and I, for one, hated the handbag collection), and after an initial statement of solidarity, the French house parted ways with creative director Hannah MacGibbon earlier this month in favor of Claire Waight Keller. Hopefully that signals a new and exciting path for the brand, but in the meantime, we have to evaluate what it’s producing at the moment. Luckily, that includes the adorable Chloe Eliza Satchel.

While this bag is not exactly a design revelation for Chloe, it does accent the brand’s aesthetic strong point rather nicely. The accessories crew does a great job mixing neutrals and the company’s best bags are often among its most petite, and while this bag is still large enough for daytime wear, it definitely puts a check in both the neutral and diminutive categories.

Although the stock image of this bag makes me wonder if it will scratch easily, I’m willing to believe that might be a mere biproduct of the rough handling of sample pieces; after all, we’ve seen damaged bags on major retail websites before. This bag is a slightly larger and more sleek version of on of my other recent Chloe favorites, and although I wish it were convertible to a crossbody as well as a traditional shoulder bag, the chic neutrals have won me over anyway. Although, come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind seeing this bag in a bright colorblock combination either. Buy through Saks for $1995.

  • ninjaninja

    Meh.

  • Sandra Rowley

    The bag is just ok….and agree that the fall runway bags were very disappointing. Most of the Chloe shoes that have hit the market for fall…also disappointing. Hoping for better things to come…

  • Lulugurl

    I have to agree with ninjaninja, for 1995$ I want something considerably more interesting and fun than this…..so ditto on the meh

  • doran

    My new must have! The price seems reasonable have you seen what 1995$ buys you in LV/gucci/chanel these day… not much.
    http://www.hauteskin.blogspot.com

  • Edia

    So am I freaky now? Like I really DID like the last Chloé collection…I dont really care if the usual Chloé customer understands the new look. I do. The bags cute as hell too!

  • rose60610

    When there is such a defined outline on stiff leather, it looks bad when the lines are not aligned. The last mini-Chanel bags turned me off with this effect. No way would I spend major $ when this results.

  • Seejayluvsbags

    Did they part ways amicably or did they just give her the boot?

    I guess CD Heather MacGibbon received her 15 minutes of fame. It seems not long ago, she was the darling of Chloe & now it’s, “Get Lost”
    A male designer would have been gifted another season at least.

    Aside from that, ok so yeah the collection was ho hum but so what? Plenty of designers have been off their game.

  • harveydent

    First things first, her name is Hannah, not Heather, and best of luck to her wherever she goes. I think that this bag is adorable. It’s a great throwback to a time where it was more about simpler things, instead of bilnged out, logo overloaded bags that we so often see out in the streets.