Chloe Madeleine Lambskin Tote, $2681 via Luisa Via Roma

I’ve written before about Chloe’s tendency to stripmine every halfway successful accessory the brand has ever had into oblivion. “Oh, what’s this? We’ve made a satchel that people sort of like? Redesign it into a tote, a shoulder bag, a clutch and three different types of hobos immediately. And make it into a second satchel, just for good measure.” Those tactics are used to a certain extent by most designers, but Chloe’s insistence on beating a good design into the ground is almost singular in its ferocity.

Every now and then, though, the practice works out, as with the Chloe Madeleine Lambskin Tote, based on last season’s beautiful minimalist runway satchel. What can I say? Even a stopped clock is right twice per day. This handbag is one of those times for Chloe.

Perhaps obviously, it’s the leather and color combination that really make the bag in this case. And when minimalism is the order of the day, smart choices in material are so important, because it’s one of the only distinguishing characteristics that the bag has. Chloe did well to pick a supple material in an on-trend shade, and this is the sort of bag that could be carried for years to come. If only Chloe made more of these types of accessories. Buy through Luisa Via Roma for $2681.

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  • siti

    wow….. this is certainly stunning…!

  • Kat

    It’s gorgeous! I love the color! And it’s definitely a bag that you’ll carry for years, if the lambskin holds up.

  • rose60610

    Pretty, and pretty expensive!

  • Chele

    Gorgeous! Like the simplicity of this bag….

  • mimoko

    beautiful but expensive!

  • kemilia

    This is too blah and too pricey, imo (great color, though).

    I love my Paddie, heavy locks & keys and all.

  • harveydent

    I really liked the first version of the Madeline. I know a lot of people didn’t care for it, since it was incredibly simple and minimalistic, but I am loving this new shape. I agree that this is definitely something that can be carried forever. It’s an instant classic with the shape and especially in the color that is shown. Also it’s something that would be so easy to wear everyday, not something that you have to dress according to, which is something that I really appreciate. As for the price, it’s high, but it’s Chloe, the quality will be amazing, and it’s an investment piece. All in all, I would love to be able to add this to my wardrobe.

  • michelle

    Doesn’t this look like Balenciaga’s Papier tote bag??

  • papertiger

    Beautiful colour and effortlessly simple in design BUT THE PRICE OMG!!!

  • Seejayluvsbags

    The leather looks scrumptous & I love the shade!

  • Bagolicious

    Gorgeous! Chloe seldom disappoints.

  • mab

    so simple yet eye catching. Love it.

  • dey lee

    I think is a best one.

  • Dr. Jaye

    My friend is selling her Chloe Madeleine lambskin orange tote bag how do I know if it is authentic? It’s serial no. is 041156-9 and is embossed in a small orange strip of leather iback to back with a small hologram with Chloe printed on it located inside the pocket.. Please advise if it’s genuine or not thank you.