Chloé, Bonne Anniversaire!

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It was over 25 years ago that I first saw this bag in my mother’s closet. That moment marked the beginning of my love affair with Chloé. As a young girl, I took every opportunity that presented itself to play dress up with my mother’s amazing clothes, imagining what the world would be like as a grown-up and sophisticated (albeit, I believed better) version of myself. Needless to say, while other girls were on the soccer team or playing the oboe in the school band, I was contemplating whether a certain hand-knit mohair Missoni sweater could be borrowed for picture day or whether my mother’s patent leather Courrèges moto jacket could be worn to the school dance.

As an adult, I find myself going back to the classics and purchasing items with a view, not only to my own present enjoyment and use of these items, but also with many what-ifs in mind — what if I have a daughter? What if she has a daughter? Will these pieces stand the test of time, glowing with the patina of age and looking better with each passing year? Will my daughter or her daughter even care to wear something “well loved” by me? Ahh, questions, questions …

This lovely alligator Chloé clutch is circa 1980 and was designed by the house under Karl Lagerfeld’s direction. Last month, the brand celebrated its 60th anniversary with a limited reissue of 16 of its most iconic and classic pieces from its archives. Some pieces are still available at Barneys and Net-a-Porter.com. Or, if you’re lucky like me, you can just borrow an old favorite from your mother’s closet.

Alligator Chloe clutch, worn here with my Kritzia eelskin jacket and Yves Saint Laurent cuff.

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