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.
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