Last fall, ahead of her announcement that she would be stepping down from her post as creative director at Chloé, designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi debuted her final collection for the brand. The collection, titled ‘A Season In Hope’, embraced the designer’s sentiments of a hopeful future following the COVID-19 pandemic. The collection further embraced Ramsay-Levi’s own aesthetic, moving away from Chloé’s iconic shapes and experimenting with new silhouettes. One of the standouts at the show was a lush, leather bag in beautiful bright green with a sculptural gilded motif handle. The Chloé Kiss Bag, one of Ramsay-Levi’s last designs for Chloé, is brand new this spring, and today we’re taking a look at this refreshingly unique silhouette.
The Chloé Kiss line features 3 sizes—the Kiss Small Purse, Kiss Hobo and Kiss Minaudière. What unifies the line is that each shape is streamlined and sleek, defined by curved sculptural hardware. The curved hardware ties back to the entire collection and is a big push for the brand this season, appearing on various accessories, belts and jewelry.
The minaudière is just that, mini, and is a true statement piece, albeit a a very impractical one! It’s crafted of resin and features a delicate crossbody chain as well as a leather lining. There’s not all that much to say about the tiniest member of the Kiss family, other than that it’s quite pretty to look at, and would be a beautiful accessory to carry to a gala if you’re into that sort of thing. Pre-order for $1,250 via Chloé.
As for the two additional shapes, there’s a smaller more structured body as well as a larger and more relaxed hobo bag and both are wearable options in comparison to the minaudière. Both bags bear the intricate Kiss hardware, though on the smaller model it functions as a top handle while on the larger hobo it acts as more of a decorative piece. Both bags are lined in suede calfskin and are crafted from small grain calfskin, but the hobo features details of shiny calfskin as well.
The Kiss Small Purse is meant to be hand carried via the Kiss hardware, but it does also contain hidden loops to connect an adjustable strap for crossbody or shoulder wear. Its more structured body features one internal flat pocket and a hidden magnetic closure on the top to keep your belongings secure. The standout here is the beautiful bright green version, though the bag does also come in neutrals like beige, brown and black. Purchase for $1,490 via Chloé.
Lastly, there’s the hobo, which is the largest in the Kiss family and also the most practical for day to day wear. It features a flap closure that opens to one spacious main compartment with an internal slit pocket. There’s an exaggerated shoulder strap which is adjustable as well. This shape is bit more relaxed, which works well with its larger size. Purchase for $1,750 via Chloé.
Whether the smaller Kiss Purse speaks to you or it’s the larger one for you, this bag is part art, part fashion. It is the final legacy of Ramsay-Levi’s time at Chloé, the end of an era ahead of the start of a new chapter.