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Mar 14, 2013, 12:03pm   #1
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I bet I’m not the only one among us who had her introduction to high-end designer bags with the Chloe Paddington. Back in late 2005, I was a college student who had just found the PurseForum, and something about the Paddington (Was it the lock? The handle attachments? Who knows.) sucked me straight in, just as it had sucked in so many others before me. By then, waiting lists were already a mile long and getting longer; the fashion industry was in a full-on Paddington panic, and the fervor we saw last year over the Celine Luggage Tote doesn’t even compare. Now, eight years after its launch, the Paddington is back on store shelves as part of Chloe’s 60th anniversary celebration. But do you care?

Walking down Madison Avenue a couple of weeks ago, a friend and I saw a woman carrying a Paddington and got to talking about how the bag had aged in the almost-decade since its debut. Our conclusion was, resoundingly, not well. Everything about it – the enormous lock, the abundance of detailed trim, the proportion of the bag, the long handles, the lack of shoulder strap – feels very much of that time. Perhaps it’s because the Paddington was so omnipresent in the mind of handbag aficionados of the mid-aughts, but carrying a Paddington now feels retro in a bad way. Of course, eight years out, very little in the way of fashion feels pleasantly nostalgic.

Personally, I don’t think it’s just the bag’s former ubiquity that serves it poorly. The Balenciaga Motorcycle Bags, for example, have been hugely popular for over a decade, and they still look right at home on the arm of a fashionable woman. They’re simpler, and when compared to the Paddington, they’re downright minimal, which is much more in tune with what’s going on in the handbag world right now. Even the Marc Jacobs Stam, with its frame structure and signature chain, feels more current (and if any It Bag of yore could be primed for a comeback, it’s probably the Stam – Fall 2013 runways were covered with chain accents).

This new version of the Paddington looks largely unchained, but unfortunately, the price does appear to have been updated. Paddingtons retailed for around $1,300 at their debut, but this one will set you back $2,195 via Barneys.

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Mar 14, 2013, 12:12pm   #2
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No thanks been there done that. I love Chloe and still their newer bags but as you said the Paddy is just dated now and does not fit in my lifestyle/wardrobe (though my 3 yr-old would undoubtedly love the lock).
Mar 14, 2013, 12:52pm   #3
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This looks identical to the one I got in 2005.
Mar 14, 2013, 1:10pm   #4
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What, me worry?
Loved the look. Loved the little studs. Ended up not using the padlock because it was too darn heavy. Would not go back.
Mar 14, 2013, 1:31pm   #5
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Oh I aways wanted a Paddington! I've read they were heavy bags but I love them!
Mar 14, 2013, 2:20pm   #6
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Doesn't look any more dated than some bags of current release that I have seen. It wasn't my style then and still isn't but to each her own.
Mar 14, 2013, 6:27pm   #7
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Hard to fathom but I wasn't a purse junkie when these came out.
I'm glad. That ginormous lock is too too much.
Mar 14, 2013, 6:31pm   #8
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Not a fan of this
Mar 14, 2013, 9:07pm   #9
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nope - it was SO heavy!
Mar 14, 2013, 9:19pm   #10
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Pirinja
Didn't like the giant padlock back then and still don't like it now.
Mar 14, 2013, 9:54pm   #11
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into the mystic
Not a fan of any of it.
Mar 14, 2013, 10:21pm   #12
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Ugh I hate this bag
Mar 14, 2013, 10:36pm   #13
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I have the Paddington capsule bag with the smaller lock, and even that is heavy. Lots of other things to love at that price range!
Mar 15, 2013, 1:46pm   #14
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Originally Posted by tatertot
No thanks been there done that. I love Chloe and still their newer bags but as you said the Paddy is just dated now and does not fit in my lifestyle/wardrobe (though my 3 yr-old would undoubtedly love the lock).
ITA! It was nice years ago, but now it feels dated... Love new Chloe bags though.
Mar 15, 2013, 10:49pm   #15
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been there, done that
too heavy
definitely not worth $2200 to me
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