I have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news: the Chloe Lucy Bag, which everyone adored when we included it in our Chloe runway coverage and our Fall 2012 runway wrap-up, has finally become available online, and its first landing spot is at Matches Fashion. Yay! The first sighting of a major runway lust object available for purchase always gives me heart palpitations. The bad news? We need to have a discussion about its price.
Matches, a UK retailer, has the price for this bag listed at $2513 for US customers. It’s important to note that the price in US stores might vary a little bit, but on the whole, Matches’ Chloe prices are similar to or lower than Chloe prices at US retailers. Sadly, that means that $2495 or so is probably the very best we can hope for, and even that might be wishful thinking. While $2500 certainly isn’t outside the normal realm of bag prices that we deal with on this site, it seems to be more than is warranted for a fairly petite shoulder bag/clutch hybrid. Here’s an image of the bag on the runway, for sizing purposes:
It’s a well-sized bag, but not large by any stretch of the imagination. I was mentally prepared to pony up $1295 or a little more for the red version, but at twice that, I don’t think there’s any way to justify the cost, considering Chloe’s current price structure for its other accessories – Paratys and Marcies almost all cost less than $2k, and they’re generally quite a bit larger.
Maybe there is hope after all, though; Matches’ description of the bag credits it to Chloe head designer Phoebe Philo, who hasn’t been at the brand in years (and who now heads up things at Celine, as I’m sure you all know). So perhaps the entire page is wrong, including the price. That’s what I’m going to keep telling myself, anyway. If you’re so inclined, you can purchase now via Matches for $2513.