Chloé has a habit of creating cult handbags. It all started in 2005 with the slouchy Paddington featuring a gold padlock. In fact, you could say that the epic waiting list it caused was one of the triggering factors behind It bags even becoming a thing in the first place. Seventeen years later, the accessories department at the French fashion house is still sending shoppers into a spin.
One of the biggest bags of past couple of years is the Chloé C bag, though it seems like styles from its latest line are going to be just as popular (more on those later).
The beauty of Chloé bags truly lies in their variation and versatility. For each style, there are often several silhouettes you can choose from, including smaller clutches all the way up to everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-sized totes. Meaning whatever your arm candy preference, you’re sure to find a Chloé bag to suit.
From its archives to pieces only available second-hand all the way up to bags from its latest S/S 23 collection, take a look at what our editors consider to be the most iconic and best Chloé handbags.
1. The Woody Tote
Style Notes: Arguably one of the most practical Chloé bags to date, the Woody has become a constant in every designer handbag collector's line-up. I see people using theirs on a daily basis, as well as for travel.
2. The Penelope Bag
Style Notes: This bag is a must for Chloé collectors, owing to its whipstitch edge and its roomy interior. Of course, you can always shop the clutch options, too, but we’re most partial to the Penelope tote.
3. The Tess Bag
Style Notes: Saddle bags are a key trend this season, and the Chloé Tess bag took centre stage. The style comes in small and large plus several highly covetable colourways.
4. The Marcie Bag
Style Notes: Probably the most famous saddle bag of them all, Chloé's Marcie tote has been a celebrity favourite for over a decade.
5. The Alphabet Bag
Style Notes: Re-imagined in a saddle shape, this version of Chloé's 'Alphabet' bag features the signature keyring dangling from knotted ties and has two dainty charms that can be removed or replaced, giving the wearer more ways to personalise their arm candy.
6. The Faye Bag
Style Notes: The '70s-inspired Faye bag with a circle clasp and chain detailing first appeared in the house's S/S 15 show, and it since has been worn by every blogger we can think of. Years later, we're still obsessed. It's still worth investing in a Faye, as it's become a true classic.
7. The Sense Bag
Style Notes: The Sense handbag comes in many shapes, fabrications and forms, including raffia and leather, totes and buckets. Still, differences aside, they'll each give your everyday outfits an elevated finish.
8. The Kiss Bag
Style Notes: Arguably one of the most minimalist bags the fashion house has created in a while, this tote from S/S 21 comes with oversized hardware on the strap. Find it in a range of sizes and muted colourways.
9. The Edith Bag
Style Notes: For her first collection at Chloé, Gabriela Hearst paid homage to the brand’s heritage while marking the start of a new era by reissuing the iconic Edith tote, the first luxury bag she ever bought. It was crafted from supple burgundy leather and traced with cream topstitching, while the buckled front pocket took its cue from the classic satchel.