When it comes to designer bags, our wish list is as long as the arms we'd dutifully carry them in. Of course, brands like Hermès, Chanel, and Loewe feature prolifically on it, as do new-wave labels such as Khaite and Wandler. But the design house that claims the most positions has to be Chloé.
Relatively speaking, Chloé hasn't been in the bag-making game all that long. Its first foray into arm-candy territory came in 2005 when it debuted the Paddington, a gold padlock-adorned leather tote, which sold out its first run of 8000 handbags before a single one even hit the boutique shelves, breaking retail records.
Who What Wear UK Editor in Chief Hannah Almassi carries the Chloè C crossbody handbag.
Fast-forward 16 years, the French fashion powerhouse has bestowed us with more It bags than we can count. There's Tess, Drew, C, Nile, Darryl, Faye, Aby, Gladys, Daria, Betty, Edith, Sally and Marcie, to name but a few. However, earlier this year, a new style emerged and swiftly joined the illustrious ranks. The bag in question? The Woody, which has already proven a hit amongst the style set.
Woody is a little different from its iconic siblings. Firstly, the bag's not made from leather, real or faux. Instead, the original Woody's body was constructed using a heavy-duty, durable canvas, trimmed with flashes of rust- or black-coloured leather, which flank the logo-emblazoned cotton canvas ribbon handles. As it's a thing of beauty, we predicted at the start of 2021 that Woody would be a sell-out as soon as it debuted. Why? Because the shoe iteration was, and remains, a best seller for the brand. Also affectionately named Woody, the flat rubber-and-cotton canvas slip-on sandals were a huge hit this past summer and have recently seen a restock at Net-a-Porter.
Naturally, after its success, the designer shopping behemoth also invested in the Woody Tote for 2021, knowing it was going to sell like hot cakes. We don't mean to brag, but the Woody bag was a hit, just as we expected. Having sold out countless times over the last few months, we're now here to give you the heads up—new styles in felt and cashmere have just landed on the site, and we have a feeling they're going to be just as popular as the canvas options.
"The Chloé Woody Canvas Tote is going to be a perfect bag for our client going into the new season, as it's both practical and chic as well as being a different take on the tote bag," says Libby Page, Net-a-Porter's senior fashion market editor. "The original canvas material still looks the part. Though, you might want to consider the woolly finishes for autumn. The thing they have in common [is] the subtle branding, which will continue to appeal to the Chloé woman."
It certainly appeals to us, and we're guessing it'll appeal to more women, too, given the fact its price point is significantly lower than Chloé's leather-bag offering. In any case, prepare to see a lot of the Chloé Woody Tote Bag this autumn and beyond. Scroll on to shop every Woody bag that's currently in stock as well as a few new-season favourites from Chloé.
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