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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Chloé Mavis Hunting Bag

Meet the Chloé Mavis Hunting Bag, the latest addition to Chloé's impressive handbag family. This label is slowly but surely becoming my favorite go-to bag purveyor. It's bags like the 'Mavis' that prove just how talented Hannah MacGibbon, Chloé's creative director, truly is. Ever since the arrival of the Sally Shoulder Bag and the ubiquitous Paraty Bag, it's become clear that MacGibbon found a way to balance detail, functionality and timeless appeal between her RTW collections and accessories. Bags like the 'Mavis' compliment Chloé's sweet urban minimalist aesthetic while shining as stand-alone pieces. Let's examine how well this bag does just that.

For spring, it's all about the shoulder bag. While the 'Mavis' is not my top choice, it's a very close runner-up. The design does, in fact, resemble a hunter's bag. Hunting is (or was) popular in Cuba, so I have quite a few former hunters in my family. My father-in-law still has the bag he would take on his hunting trips to the Everglades, and, as a handbag lover, I've always admired the sturdy construction and practical design of his trusty companion.

Can't you just imagine 'Mavis' becoming your companion. Look at how well-made she is. A long front flap is home to a single buckle strap accent piece as well as open pockets for stashing keys or little scraps of paper like I do. Lift the flap and you'll find more pockets as well as an open main compartment that is roomier than you'd expect. The key to this bag's success lies in the adjustable leather shoulder strap. Keep it short and use it as a true shoulder bag, or let it out and, voila!, it's a crossbody bag - yet another must-have style for spring. The soft khaki color works so well with such a utilitarian design. Who wants to look practical but severe. Just because 'Mavis' is a "hunting bag" doesn't mean we have to look like a hunter when wearing it.

I'm loving Chloé's price points lately. The Mavis Leather Hunting Bag is priced at $1345, and pricing like that will keep it in contention for many shoppers. You can pre-order 'Mavis' via


3 Responses to "Chloé Mavis Hunting Bag"
  1. gail said...
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010

    I also saw this on the Saks site yesterday and really liked it. I think this color really does justice to the bag and I love the versatility. Dania, what is your top "shoulder bag" contender? Also, are you going to do a top 10 handbag list for Spring/Summer 2010? I would love to see it!

  2. Dania Padron said...
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010

    I'll be featuring my top shoulder bag pick tomorrow (I've been holding onto it for more than a week now). I'm almost done with my top 10 s/s bag picks, but I'm gearing up for fashion week so I haven't had too much time to focus on it. Stay tuned, though, because there will definitely be some surprises in the list for those of you that are familiar with my taste in bags.

    Glad to have you back, Gail.

  3. LPC said...
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010

    Gorgeous. Really tasteful.

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