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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