The Chloé Edith Bag Is Back, And Better Than Ever
Gabriela Hearst brings the iconic It Bag out of retirement.
For Chloé Creative Director Gabriela Hearst, as for many women, the Edith bag was her first luxury bag. She still has it, fifteen years later — a testament to both its personal significance and its timeless appearance. That’s why it only makes sense that, a decade and a half after the Edith first hit store shelves, catalogs, and the arms of so many It girls, Hearst is bringing it back.
Debuting at Chloé’s Autumn – Winter 21 show earlier this year, the reissued Edith keeps the classic look and feel of its predecessor. Buffalo leather forms the supple canvas and rounded handles of the bag, pieced together with ecru stitching and a central zipper across the top. A compact front pocket featuring buckle closures adds dimension to the overall shape. The bag wouldn’t be complete without the signature leather tag bearing the Chloé logo. Those looking to gift the Edith—perhaps as someone’s first luxury bag—have the option to buy a mini version with a removable strap for versatile wear.
While Hearst has reintroduced the Edith bag fans know and love, she’s also updated the bag for modern appeal. Editions like the medium day bag and the tote offer the recognizable Edith style in a more spacious, functional form. For the eco-conscious woman, two versions of the bag are made from recycled cashmere. The color palette of the new Edith cycles through earth tones fitting for Autumn, as well as refined black-and-white, cool blue, and rich burgundy shades.
Those who first spotted the Edith Collector at the AW21 show will recall that Hearst sourced them secondhand. The vintage bags received myriad additions, from patchwork to tubular fringe, using deadstock and leftover materials to reduce waste. Now, those original bags will be auctioned off for charity. Chloé devotees will also have the chance to snag one of fifty off-runway Edith Collector bags, sold exclusively on the e-commerce site Mytheresa. Whether you spring for the original Phoebe Philo design or go for one of Hearst’s intuitive updates, it’s clear the Edith is destined to become a reigning It Bag once more.