my obsession with this bag began in mid 2010 and it all started when i came across an online post that showcased the chloe paraty. but because chloe is not available in new zealand (as well as many other brands), i had to do a lot of research before i can convince myself that this bag needs to be in my collection. however, even after six months, i could not make the move as i was unwilling to spend so much money on something which i could not guarantee that will look good on me.
lucky enough, i travelled back to hong kong at the beginning of 2011 and made the effort to browse around lane crawford. and there is was….. the beautiful chloe paraty and the medium size was perfect for my height and proportion! yet, they did not have the colour i wanted, so i left hong kong without it. but six months later, i made the purchase via net-a-porter.
so, let’s get to the bag. the chloe paraty medium leather shoulder bag measures 39cm x 22.5cm x 22.5cm and weighs approximately 2kgs. the bag has a top zip closure, double top handles (15cm), a shoulder strap (102cm), and an internal zip pocket. this bag is made from luxurious textured calfskin leather (unless you opt for the python) and is fully lined with twill.
my favourite features of the bag is the goldtone hardware against the black leather and this includes the twist-lock side expanders which can be unlocked to increase the depth of the bag. i also like the rolled leather piping which gives the illusion of structure. in actual fact, this bag is very soft and can be quite slouchy. this is a downfall as the bottom sags if you tend to carry a good deal of things in your purse. however, this can easily fixed by cutting a thick cardboard panel and inserting it inside the bag. this prevents the weight to gather in the middle which causes the bag to sag.
since its purchase, i have been carrying this bag everywhere and it is so easy to match and style. it is very versatile and looks stunning whether you are wearing a beautiful dress for a special occasion or causal jeans while running errands. i simply adore and love this bag!
this bag is available at net-a-porter.