Hanneli Mustaparta was recently spotted taking a leisurely stroll with friends in NYC with a Chloe Baylee Bag in tow. Hanneli is an extremely well rounded fashion type: she’s a blogger, street style star, occasional Vogue contributor and former model. (And yet I still find this outfit…most curious.) Her beautiful, behind-the-scenes fashion blog Hanneli is what hastened her transition from cover girl to fashion commentator.
Chloe Handbags and Purses
I’ve always loved the Chloe Lucy Bag; it’s luxurious-looking, cleanly designed and classic without being boring. You can wear it on the weekends, you can wear it to work, you can wear it for years to come! The only downside, of course, is the price. At $3,150, it’s far more expensive than Chloe’s other leather bags (the much larger Baylee costs over a thousand dollars less), and the bag’s petite size makes the number feel like even more of a ripoff than it might otherwise.
Here’s pop star Lorde, shopping at Rag & Bone and Free People in West Hollywood with new celeb pal/fellow pop star Taylor Swift. As you can see she’s paired a navy and white Chloe Baylee Bag with a black sweater, a textured skirt, oddly prominent Nike socks and an imposing pair of oxfords with ridiculously thick soles. You can currently get a Baylee bag like Lorde’s for $2,050 at Nordstrom.
Here’s newlywed Kate Bosworth with her fresh new hubs, movie director Michael Polish, returning to Los Angeles from their Montana wedding over the weekend. (Kate’s outfit totally says “Montanta chic”…if there is such a thing. Montanans? Fill us in.) Kate’s carrying a Chloe Baylee Bag, the latest design from Chloe to catch the attention of a myriad of celebrities. You can pick up a Baylee in black and blue for $2,050 at Nordstrom.
Beginning in the days of the famous Paddington and Silverado bags, Chloe has carved itself out an interesting little niche in the handbag business. In that time, three different creative heads, all female, have been at the reins of the brand, and they’ve all overseen the creation of bag after bag that fits perfectly into the ideas that so many women have about what they want to carry on a casual day.
Here’s a laid-back Alyson Hannigan, enjoying some down time with her husband Alexis Denisof in LA. (Alexis is a popular character actor you may recognize from How I Met Your Mother, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, perhaps?) Her beige bag is the Chloe Lucy Bag, which debuted on Chloe’s Fall 2012 runway. I think it’s cute how she paired this bag with almost color-matching espadrilles.
Here’s actress/ballroom dancer Julianne Hough, exiting a party for Paper Denim & Cloth in LA with her creamy snakeskin Chloe Sally Bag. You can get a similarly snazzy “lizard skin” version of this bag at FarFetch for $2,479. If you’re looking for a more basic Sally (or you’re wary of “lizard skin”), you can buy a white textured leather version of the Sally for $1015 at Net-a-Porter.
If you played along yesterday with our Net-a-Porter x PurseBlog Ultimate Fashion Hunt riddle and came up with the Chloe Alison Cotton and Leather Shopper as your answer, then congrats! You might be the lucky lady (or gent, I suppose) who gets to call this bag your very own. The winner is being contacted and we’ll publicly reveal the winners of all three bags at the end of the contest, but first, we want to talk a little bit about why this is one of the bags that we chose to give away with our friends at Net-a-Porter.
Is it just me, or is Chloe experiencing something of a mini renaissance these past few weeks? They just reissued the Chloe Paddington in celebration of their 60th anniversary, and their recent runway show boasted some of the best bags of Paris Fashion Week. Celebs suddenly seem to be digging their Chloe bags out of the back of their closets.
I bet I’m not the only one among us who had her introduction to high-end designer bags with the Chloe Paddington. Back in late 2005, I was a college student who had just found the PurseForum, and something about the Paddington (Was it the lock? The handle attachments? Who knows.) sucked me straight in, just as it had sucked in so many others before me.