I have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news: the Chloe Lucy Bag, which everyone adored when we included it in our Chloe runway coverage and our Fall 2012 runway wrap-up, has finally become available online, and its first landing spot is at Matches Fashion. Yay! The first sighting of a major runway lust object available for purchase always gives me heart palpitations. The bad news? We need to have a discussion about its price.
Matches, a UK retailer, has the price for this bag listed at $2513 for US customers. It’s important to note that the price in US stores might vary a little bit, but on the whole, Matches’ Chloe prices are similar to or lower than Chloe prices at US retailers. Sadly, that means that $2495 or so is probably the very best we can hope for, and even that might be wishful thinking. While $2500 certainly isn’t outside the normal realm of bag prices that we deal with on this site, it seems to be more than is warranted for a fairly petite shoulder bag/clutch hybrid. Here’s an image of the bag on the runway, for sizing purposes:
It’s a well-sized bag, but not large by any stretch of the imagination. I was mentally prepared to pony up $1295 or a little more for the red version, but at twice that, I don’t think there’s any way to justify the cost, considering Chloe’s current price structure for its other accessories – Paratys and Marcies almost all cost less than $2k, and they’re generally quite a bit larger.
If you’re so inclined, you can purchase now via Matches for $2513.