About a year and a half ago, we asked you if still had any interesting the Chloe Paddington Bag. Your responses were mixed, but that hasn’t stopped ChloÃ© from trying to reintroduce The Little It Bag that Could back into the fashion conversation. With the release of several bags alone the lines of the ChloÃ© Pure Paddington Duffle, it seems as though the brand’s efforts to relive the Paddington’s glory days are stronger than ever.
Are you buying it? I’m not. There are a variety of ways to make a really sharp black duffle, and adding details from a bag that was popular five years ago is not among them. Nostalgia is great, but before I can have nostalgia in any meaningful way, I need for the original to go away long enough for me to miss it. That has yet to happen with the ChloÃ© Paddington, and it seems as though it never will.
If absence really does make the heart grow fonder, then the Paddington needs a break something fierce. Five years isn’t long enough for a design to become a classic, but it is absolutely long enough for a piece’s identifying details to start looking really, really dated. And when I look at the Pure Paddington bags, that’s all that I see – an idea that’s not fresh or interesting in any way. In fact, it seems more like a cynical cash grab than anything, since little in the way of creative thought or design ingenuity goes into slapping a lock and some stitched handle attachments onto a simple black speedy bag. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1800.
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