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'Paddington' handbag

2005 (made)
Place of origin

Tan leather 'Paddington' handbag designed by Phoebe Philo for Chloé, 2005.

Object details

Object type
Title'Paddington' handbag
Materials and techniques
leather, metal
Brief description
Handbag, leather, 'Paddington' by Phoebe Philo for Chloé, France, 2005.
Physical description
Tan leather 'Paddington' handbag designed by Phoebe Philo for Chloé, 2005.
  • Height: 36cm (Note: including straps)
  • Width: 40cm
  • Depth: 21cm
Gallery label
‘IT BAGS’ In the late 1990s and early 2000s, handbags by exclusive labels such as Fendi, Dior, Prada, Mulberry and Chloé were dubbed ‘It bags’ by the fashion press. This referred to highly sought-after bags, often in limited editions or under controlled distribution. Their apparent scarcity turned them into covetable and symbolic items. The Mulberry 'Bayswater' carried by supermodel Kate Moss was named the 'British It bag', while the Chloé 'Paddington' had a long waiting list after the first 8,000 immediately sold out. V&A, Room 40, Bags: Inside Out (12/2020)
Credit line
Given by Maison Chloé
Accession number

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Record createdJanuary 29, 2020
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