Chloe Bay Bag
Chloe Bay Bag

Chloe bags have created a large following because of their casual style and sturdy leathers. After the Chloe Paddington created a huge buzz; amassing long wait lists, high eBay prices, and exorbitant knock-offs, Chloe realized they hand landed in the handbag world. Chloe continues to produce new bags each season that wow their followers, though none other have become as large of hits as the Paddington. The Chloe Bay Bag has garnered attention as being a modern classic, attracting celebrity exposure such as Britney Spears. Net-A-Porter is now carrying both a bronze metallic and rich purple version of the larger Bay tote. The leather is heavy, yet the style is simple and classic. Buy the purple at Net A Porter for $1780 and the bronze at Net A Porter for $2185.

Chloe Bay Patent Hobo
Chloe Bay Patent Hobo

This is a stunning Chloe handbag, minus the whole heavy leather ordeal. I was never a huge fan of the Bay bag, especially in the larger versions, because it is just too heavy. I already own two Paddington bags that are used rarely because of the weight issue. But this bag I can handle, I think. The Chloe Bay Patent Hobo is drenched in the most beautiful hue of purple, which they deem violet, in a more compact Bay shape. The dimensions on this version are 12″W X 13″H X 4″D which are much smaller and more manageable than their Bay satchel or bag. This is a great throw over your shoulder and get on the go bag. The leather is a grained patent lambskin, but I have seen it in the store and it is not hugely over-powering. The 8″ shoulder drop makes the bag hand nicely on your arm and the shape is not too bulky that you have to hold your arm up in the air while carrying the bag. There is of course the pull accents that the Bay bag is known for and a large outside zip pocket for easy access. My problem with many Chloe bags is the inside lining, which is always just cotton. I hate to pay nearly $2k for a handbag and have it lined in simple cotton. But I like this bag, so I can look past that. So the cotton lining issue aside, the only other issue you may face is that this bag is still heavier than many that are the same size. Chloe implements such sturdy leather it is hard to get past the weight issue. But the issue should not be much of an issue when the bag is much smaller. Overall, this is my favorite Chloe Bay Bag yet! Pre-order at Saks for $1760.

chloe maya bag

I have not been super impressed with any of the Chloe handbags released as of late. They look the same as all the others, they are ridiculously heavy, and really just not that appealing to the eye. It would be one thing if they looked great and were heavy to lug around, but that is not quite the case. Now Chloe has geared up and is ready for Spring and Summer. With the new season comes new handbags, and Chloe has released the Chloe Maya Bags which come in fresh bursts of color, turquoise and violet. The look on these bags are different than most of the Chloe bags I have seen; sporting a modern vibe with quirky accents and additions. First, we have the turquoise Chloe Maya Large Shoulder Bag which is true to its name, in that its dimensions are ridiculously large (Width 15.5″, Handle Drop 10.5″, Height 15.5″, Depth 6.5″). Chloe leather is known to be thick and heavy and they did not seem to change that for these handbags. There is an adjustable canvas strap across the top and two front zip fastenings. Then we have the Chloe Maya Shoulder Bag which is also very large (meaning also very heavy). This bag sports an east/west style, with a width of 18″, and there is a zipped pocket on the front and open pouch at the back. The east/west version is a tad more expensive than the large version. $1405 via NAP and $1540 via NAP. Overall, I am not wowed. The sizes are enormous and will surely lead to tendinitis, as did the Paddington for many of its wearers, but at least it is a different look!

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An aside, if any of this does not make sense or there are huge errors, blame it on my 6 hour jet lag and lack of sleep

chloe paddington

1. Black Paddington bag WAS: $1,540 NOW: $924
Sand leather Paddington bag with gold hardware and large padlock.
2. Sand Paddington bag WAS: $1,540 NOW: $924
Sand leather Paddington bag with gold hardware and large padlock.
3. Nutmeg Paddington bag WAS: $1,540 NOW: $924
Nutmeg leather Paddington bag with gold hardware and large padlock.
4. Black Paddington bag WAS: $1,540 NOW: $924
Black leather Paddington bag with brass colored hardware and a large padlock.

The Paddington craze has simmered, but if you recall, in its prime, the quest to find a Chloe Paddington was as hard as finding treasures from the sunken Titanic. Good news for those of you who still love the Paddington; Net A Porter has their stock of Paddington’s marked 40% OFF. The colors left include two metallics, and sand, nutmeg, and two black styles with different hardware. Make sure you snatch your Paddington before they are gone!

chloe metallic paddington

Left. Metallic Paddington bag WAS: $1,850 NOW: $1,110
Metallic mouse leather Paddington bag with silver hardware and large white matte padlock.

Right. Metallic Paddington bag WAS: $1,850 NOW: $1,110
Metallic taupe leather Paddington bag with silver hardware and large padlock.

jimmy choo rio clutch

Posting has been light because Vlad and I are in New York City right now. We have been meeting with some fabulous designers (who you will all get to ‘meet’ soon!) and doing some major shopping. We will have great things to show you soon!!!

Spending Halloween in NYC is something else. We have seen a plethora of working folks on Wall Street in costume, and some people appeared to be in costume but it is most likely their everyday garb. Tonight we will be heading down to the East Village to check out the Halloween parade, which I hear is amazing and just like a scene out of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

So as posting will remain light today, we will bring you two fabulous Halloween colored bags. If I had it my way, I would opt for a stunning Hermes Kelly in Orange Swift. Yet the Chloe Heloise Quilted Bag brings you a splash of orange for the festivities and the Jimmy Choo Rio Clutch brings the needed black. Honestly, orange is a color that you will see all around for spring, so grab yourself some orange! And black is always in, no matter how hot gray is, black will never go out. Buy the Orange Chloe Heloise Bag at NAP for $1225 and the Black Jimmy Choo Rio at NAP for $1395.

What are you all doing for Halloween?? :twisted:

Chloe Beata Patent Shoulder Bag

This handbag is so manly it is making my estrogen run and hide. Seriously, I understand that Chloe wants to sport the chunky hardware and thick leather look, but everything about this handbag screams out brute-force-man. Feast your eyes on the testosterone filled Chloe Beata Patent Shoulder Bag, which looks as if it belongs in a male society before it belongs on the arm of a fashionable woman. The leather is thick, hideous, and a horrid shade of mahogany (which needs to stick to furniture rather than coloring of a handbag). And even worse, the leather is patent, giving off a gleam that will attract any passerby attention and also force them to stare at this bag. The inside out straps only further go to show that this bag is a disaster. I am just so turned off by this bag. After looking at it, I feel as if I need to go into my bathroom and put on layers of pretty pink nail polish and lip stick. And for the price, there are tons of spa treatments I would prefer to keep me looking young and beautiful. Via NAP for $1740.

chloe patent leather bay bag

Just as the Chloe Bay Bag began to warm up to me, Chloe releases in in a fresh new look. But is this look appealing or is it too stark? The Chloe Patent Leather Bay Bag sports white patent leather with contrast green zipper detailing. The color combination makes me feel like this would be in a tennis ad with Maria Sharapova. The rest of the bag is like the other Bay bags, sporting a large zip compartment on top, a double zip fastening compartment on each side, and canvas lining. It is fresh, and clean, but is it the right look? Via Net A Porter for $2100.

So, Fab or Drab?

Chloe Paddington

Sure, some of you may be totally over the Chloe Paddington, but this craze is still going on to this day. There is something about the chunky hardware, the thick leather, and that extremely heavy lock that makes all the world want this handbag. Face it, this is a hit bag, not just a seasonal trend. If you ask anyone in the fashion industry they will let you know that the Chloe Paddington became a staple in the handbag world, bringing in millions of followers world wide. I still use my Taupe Paddington Tote from time to time, and my beautiful Rouge Paddington Satchel has my attention here and there too. For fall and winter, a lush Chloe Cream Paddington will spice up your wardrobe. The color is defined as sand, but it appears like a creamy treat, accented with gold hardware. The rest of the bag is just like any Chloe Paddington, featuring double top handles, two slit pockets, canvas lining, a key attached to the handle, and, of course, the signature padlock. This may be the color for you if you have been searching for a first, or want to add to your collection. Through NAP for $1540.

Chloe Heloise Cherry Bag

A slight tinge of gold is the ideal way to add metallic shine without overpowering your handbag, your outfit, or you. Designed with a touch of burnished golden leather and set off with brown leather, the limited edition Chloe Heloise Cherry Bag adds just the right touch to a simple design. The Heloise is based on a simple shape design, so small additions on the bag help it stand out. There is braided leather on shoulder strap with gold-tone rings, which may very well dig into your shoulder if you are toting a ton inside the bag, but still adds a great dimension. Accessible on the outside are slit pockets and a small patch pocket with a snap closure. Dimensions are 10″H x 16″W x 4″D. This is another Saks exclusive bag, which is now available on pre-order for $2030.

chloe audra patent satchel

Are you ga-ga for green or is this green handbag gross? The Chloe Audra Patent Satchel is designed with shocking green patent leather and is finished off with silvertone hardware. Contrasting trim adds a dimension to the bag, as does the front pocket with turn-lock closure. There are double top shoulder straps with an 8″ drop. On the inside, like many Chloe bags, there is canvas lining and a zip pocket. Dimensions are 15½”W X 10″H X 7″D. Available at Saks for $1755.

What do you think; Fab or Drab?

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