French luxury label Chloé was founded in 1952 by Gaby Aghion and Jacques Lenoir. Currently, under the helm of Gabriela Hearst, the bohemian-leaning label has been home to many famed creative directors, including Karl Lagerfeld, from 1964 to 1983 and again from 1992 to 1997; Stella McCartney, who was the youngest to earn the title fresh out of school; and later current Celine creative director Phoebe Philo, who took over Chloé in 2001.
Though the brand first began designing ready-to-wear, it has put out many an iconic designer handbag, including the Paddington, one of the iconic Aughts It bags designed by Philo, and later the Marcie, which debuted in 2008 under the creative direction of Hannah MacGibbon.
The Paddington features a slouchy rectangular shape with a centered padlock and two handles that can be tossed over the shoulder or haphazardly carried on the arm. The Marcie, the ugliest of the brand. And the Woody is unquestionably the latest It bag from the French label and a sustainable design to boot. It’s offered in various iterations, from muted to colorful, and combines leather with natural materials like cotton canvas or recycled cashmere, with branded top handles, an open top and linen lining.