The Chloé Paddington, a soft baguette designed by Phoebe Philo and released in 2005, was among the first It Bags and fashion’s fastest-selling, at least according to purse-blogger lore. With its outsize gold lock, the Paddington hung casually off the forearms of an army of Mischa Bartons in Us Weekly.
Chloé has been trying to replicate that success ever since, even as It Bags supposedly went bust sometime between when the Styles Section said so in 2007 and the 2009 crash. Or maybe they didn’t. Even if less of a herd mentality surrounds them—and cartoonish arm danglers have gone the way of Lil’ Kim—the $2,000 purse is alive and well. Witness the Valentino Rockstud, among others. Read More