About a year and a half ago, we asked you if still had any interesting the Chloe Paddington Bag. Your responses were mixed, but that hasn’t stopped Chloé from trying to reintroduce The Little It Bag that Could back into the fashion conversation. With the release of several bags alone the lines of the Chloé Pure Paddington Duffle, it seems as though the brand’s efforts to relive the Paddington’s glory days are stronger than ever.

Are you buying it? I’m not. There are a variety of ways to make a really sharp black duffle, and adding details from a bag that was popular five years ago is not among them. Nostalgia is great, but before I can have nostalgia in any meaningful way, I need for the original to go away long enough for me to miss it. That has yet to happen with the Chloé Paddington, and it seems as though it never will.

If absence really does make the heart grow fonder, then the Paddington needs a break something fierce. Five years isn’t long enough for a design to become a classic, but it is absolutely long enough for a piece’s identifying details to start looking really, really dated. And when I look at the Pure Paddington bags, that’s all that I see – an idea that’s not fresh or interesting in any way. In fact, it seems more like a cynical cash grab than anything, since little in the way of creative thought or design ingenuity goes into slapping a lock and some stitched handle attachments onto a simple black speedy bag. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1800.

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  • edoardo

    I like the bag, if it’s so classic. It is interesting the shapes, very chloè,t hat are at the base of the handles…


  • Mochababe73

    I don’t see the problem with the bag. It looks like a Speedy with some Chloe detailing. And, I don’t find it dated.
    I still want a Paddington, and the price of those things are still up there even on eBay.

  • Graciella

    I agree with you Amanda. I used to own a Paddy (sold it because it was too heavy) and it was my first true bag obsession. I’d still like to own a classic one, but just for my collection and not to actually carry on the street. So this is more bag nostalgia for me, not a serious handbag I would dash out that kind of money for.

  • AshleyG

    I like/ borderline love this bag and I didn’t even really care for the original Paddy. This duffel, is really clean and sharp with enough fun detail to not feel too old for me at 25. BUT, there are lot more sharp duffels out there for wayyyy less that I could get my hands on.

  • Candace

    What I get from this bag is that Chloe misses the heydey of Phoebe Philo…Chloe is looking back, and not in an exciting way.

  • Lana

    Hm, don’t think it looks dated , i think it’s really fresh and chic but the price tag is not so attractive, I’d rather add a few bucks more and buy a Chanel
    And one more thing – at net-a-porter it looked very big on a model , I’d definitely go for it if it was smaller and cheaper

  • bisbee

    It doesn’t thrill me at all. I had an original, and sold it because it was too heavy. But…the original had that thick smooshy leather…which was a large part of the appeal (for me). I don’t care for this version at all…

  • fvictim

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  • kemilia

    I don’t care for this Paddie but I still love my classic one.

    She’s red so she comes out with me mroe during the Holidays. Yes, she’s heavy, I just carry less stuff (and to be honest, I usually carry too much stuff anyway).

  • Kelly

    I like the style of Paraty more than Paddington :)

  • Beth S.

    Chloe Paddington, meet Louis Vuitton Speedy. Oh, I see you’ve already met!

    • chloehandbags

      LOL! :D

      I don’t mind it – I like the new hardware and zip-pulls, but I prefer the original leather.

      The Paddy has always been the type of bag I quite like the look of on others, but never really wanted to own, personally.

  • Margherita

    i love this revival

  • MizzJ

    Aw aren’t you being a little harsh? It’s not that bad and I think it’s elements are classic enough that it won’t look dated. Perhaps only to people whose job it is to know bags ;)

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  • harveydent

    I also think this review is a little harsh. I’m not offended by Chloe’s attempt to change the face of the Paddington. I don’t see this as an act of desperation, longing for the days of Phoebe Philo, instead I see this as a step forward. Chloe recognizes that the Paddington will forever be associated with the brand, and they’re taking with them on their journey to what lies ahead. I can understand if everyone would be getting tired of seeing the same old Paddington over and over again, but Hannah McGibbon is giving us something new to look at. And to be quite honest I quite like the view.

  • lala

    what is wrong with you! this is a fab bag– great quality, luxurious, but understated. i got it in black for xmas and looooovvvvvveeeee it. considering the camel as well.

  • CL

    i’m not a big fan of duffels but this design is very nice. or maybe because i’m just a biased chloe fan? haha (ipad)

  • Smith

    there’s something a little off about this bag – perhaps the handle. i love chloe nonetheless! (ipad)

  • Lola

    I never got into duffel bags. I always feel like they take the outfit down a notch, and not in an intentional way (ipad)

  • Jennifer

    Call me a purist, but after much longing and patience, I just bought my first Chloe Paddington. I don’t dislike the bag shown here, but nothing will ever stand up to the original! (ipad)

  • Kellisa

    I’m not crazy about this one. Love the Chloe Paddington, but this bag feels too boring? (ipad)

  • gpc

    Never got the Paddy (yuck!)craze and with this bag I think they ruined the beauty and simplicity of the Aurore style with the Paddy-like detail. Amanda, you were harder on this bag than on some of the gawdy Valentino’s you blog about regularly…. (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    I don’t know if the purse is designed like that or if it’s overstuffed, but I don’t like the contours (ipad)

  • Alison J.

    Gorgeous bag. (ipad)

  • Ken Vien

    neat bag. (ipad)


    cute (ipad)


    i love the original paddington a bit more (ipad)

  • Ellen

    I think that this bag is fine but not that special. (ipad)

  • Limey

    it’s a nice go to work bag (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    lets just let LV continue selling its speedy ok.. (ipad)

  • Cindy

    I prefer the classic Paddington (even though I don’t own one). (ipad)

  • Wendy

    I don’t care for this bag. It reminds me of a doctor’s bag, frankly. (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    I’d rather get a Chloe Paraty! (ipad)

  • Jen

    Too plain! (ipad)

    • Stephanie Porter

      I agree! Way too plain for me too! I want to see designer logos & more detail on them. I have a really pretty purple bag that opens up like a coin purse with the metal clasps at top, thee Versace is a BRIGHT red. I like having red bags, a green bag, black bags, & brown bags which I can say I own all of.

  • Lara

    not for me but a good sturdy bag. (ipad)

    • Stephanie Porter

      Agreed… not what I would carry either.

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  • helen

    Like the Paddington Bear? ;) (ipad)

  • anniep

    After years and years of dreaming about a Paddington Chloè…FINALLY this Xmas I got MINE! And now you make me feel sad about my new icon bag! ;) I’m proud of it, I like it and I wear it on the streets!
    But this new bag is only a copy of LV speedy with a touch of Chloè! I will not buy it!

  • Heidi

    Nice bag. (ipad)

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  • mulberrytea

    I have this exact bag and I love it. Especially love the fact that it isn’t as instantly recognizable as a Paraty or Marcie.

    Honestly, I didn’t see the Paddington similarity until other blogs pointed it out. For me it is a simple, classic work bag that will last for years.

    And I constantly get comments about how much more beautiful and special it is compared to a LV Speedy :)

  • monie ray

    This purse is a beauti! so nice where can i find it chole is backkkkkk baby

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