A few weeks ago, I hinted that I received a new every day bag for my birthday and I’m happy to share my review for my new Chloe Faye in size medium with Motty Grey leather!
I am still a big fan of Louis Vuitton leather bags, but after a few years of gravitating towards classics, I want some trendier bags to bring more style to my every day outfits. I am always attracted to neutrals and clean lines but without a few exaggerated detail accents, my outfits can look overly simple. As a blogger without a professional photographer, it translates to my outfits looking very flat and basic in photos too.
I started carrying a Gucci Soho clutch with a large removable leather tassel (a big trend this year) earlier this year, and the bag quickly became one of my favorites. It was a great reminder that it’s okay to branch off from classic bags.
Here’s a few reasons I am attracted to the Chloe Faye:
- Not as popular as some other bags in its same price point
- More comfortable strap than the Chloe Drew bag
- Medium can be worn on the shoulder, as a cross body, or as an oversized clutch (strap is removable on the Medium size)
- The hardware is a mixture of pale gold and silver
- The chunky hardware adds interest
The first thing I did after taking my new bag home was head to Amazon to purchase Scotchgard for the light grey suede flap. I bought this formula and it did not change the color of the suede (that I can notice at any rate) and so far, I haven’t had any issues with the suede.
Three weeks ago, my husband and I were at a party with an overzealous cocktail-shaker behind the bar. It felt like we had front row seats to a dolphin show, but as you can see in my photos the suede looks great.
To minimize exposure of my hand oils onto the suede, I use the ring a lot to open and close the bag. The smooth leather does seem more delicate than the suede and I have noticed that the heavy ring leaves slight dents in the leather. It is not noticeable when the flap is closed.
The interior of the bag is quite nice though it doesn’t hold as much as one would hope. Or I should say, as much as I hoped. The bag has an accordion design which offers 2 main pockets and one zippered pocket. It’s great for organization, but I can’t put my medicines and other daily essentials in the bag without it looking overstuffed or uneven. I use a thicker tri-folding wallet and I want to get a flatter one like the LV Clemence wallet. (I personally like LV wallets because they really hold up and stay new looking for a long time – my Koala wallet has lasted me 7+ years.)
Besides the storage issue, another issue I’ve found after using the bag for several weeks is that the removable strap isn’t the most secure. The clasps have little leather trimmings to keep the bag from unclipping from the strap, but I have dropped my bag twice due to this flaw.
I love the Motty Grey color more than I hate those aforementioned design flaws. It is truly the perfect grey color. It has a nice taupe undertone. You can easily pair the Motty Grey color with black, chocolate, navy, bordeaux, hunter green, purples and other shades of grey. It’s very versatile!
I like that the Faye can be worn with professional attire as well as weekend wear like skinny jeans tucked into motorcycle booties.
I also really like the scale of the bag. It’s not a tiny bag but I think it looks good on both tall models as well as on petite women. For reference, I’m about 5’2″ and 105 lbs.
You can better see the accordion effect here:
Overall, I am in love with this bag and I can’t wait to pair it with the new clothes I bought for fall.