When it comes to “it bags”, there’s possibly no luxury designer which consistently produces better creations than French brand, Chloé. From their Paddington bag released all the way back in 2004 by then creative Director, Phoebe Philo, the French Maison has become renowned for offering up classic yet on-trend arm candy for fashionistas the world over. Today on the blog, I’m reviewing my latest purchase and one of Chloé’s most iconic bags – the lovely Drew.
The Drew handbag was first released in 2014 as part of Chloé’s fall/winter collection and promptly reached cult status, seen on celebrities and style mavens. It’s now part of the brand’s “Chloé classics” collection and any handbag connoisseur will instantly recognize it! Being the proud owner of Chloé’s Nile bracelet bag in biscotti beige (you can read my review article of that bag here on the blog), I was looking for another handbag to add to my collection for 2020 and of course I looked again to Chloé.
A tale of two bags – the Tess or the Drew?
I’ve been lusting over the Tess bag in Motty Grey for a couple of years however I feel it’s more appropriate for autumn & winter, given the wide shoulder strap and the grey colourway I was considering purchasing. I was really looking for a handbag which was quite delicate, preferably in the shade of pink and which I was confident would work well with my spring & summer wardrobe. I ended up in David Jones, an Australian department store, a few weeks ago at the Chloé concession and had the chance to compare both handbags, with the Drew coming out as the better option for the warmer seasons.
Equestrian saddlebag design with jewellery vibes
A classically equestrian saddle bag shape, the Drew is a flap front shoulder bag design. One of the reasons it’s so pretty compared to other flap front bags is due to its “jewellery” vibes – showcasing a golden brass chain shoulder strap & front jewel-like clasp with a signature Chloé lock. The Drew is a handbag which is essentially versatile given it can be dressed up or down, doing double duty for formal events or worn as a day bag which adds a bit of a statement to any casual outfit.
Quality leather and suede in a light shade
The Drew is made from small grain lambskin, which is a semi-aniline leather. Inside the bag you will find a smooth suede calfskin lining – whilst Chloé’s website notes this is a “beige” colour, it actually veers more towards a light grey. The Drew I purchased is in the colourway “cement pink”- it’s actually more of a blush/beige colour however looks quite pink when it’s under bright lights, as you would find in the department stores or on photos online.
Sizing it up
Chloé Drew handbags come in three sizes – the nano, mini and small versions. I purchased my Chloé Drew in the mini size and I’m so happy with it. Given I purchased my Nile bracelet bag in the medium version, I was looking for my next Chloé bag to be a smaller size… one which could transition from a day to evening bag easily, whilst still offering sufficient room for the essentials.
The mini Drew size measurements are:
- Width: 7.9″ (20 cm)
- Height: 7.1″ (18 cm)
- Depth: 2.8″ (7 cm)
- Strap drop: 22″ (56 cm)
I can easily fit my Samsung S8 mobile, Canon vlogging camera, sunglasses, mirror, lipstick, lip balm, lipliner, keys and mints in the mini version with room to spare. The internal card holder pocket is quite large and fits a number of cards inside.
Is it comfortable?
The Drew is a shoulder bag however being petite at 5ft 1in, I find the Drew sits at the perfect height when I carry it cross body. The gold brass chain doesn’t have a leather covering at the point where it sits on the shoulder, however after wearing it out for a few days, I have found this doesn’t make a difference – the bag is very comfortable as the chain doesn’t hurt my shoulder and this is even when the bag is quite full!
Buying preloved? Make sure it’s genuine…
The best way to ensure you have an authentic Chloé Drew bag is obviously to purchase it directly from Chloé or from one of their concession stores at an authorized registered seller, such as major department stores. If you’re considering purchasing the Drew pre-loved, there are a few things you will need to look out for to ensure your potential purchase is genuine. Elements such as the leather, quality stitching, serial tag & holographic sticker and even the authenticity card, Chloé price tag and original receipt can provide you with confidence that the bag is authentic.
All Chloé bags come with a leather tag inside which has the serial number embossed onto the leather. On the Drew, this leather tag sits underneath the internal card holder flap. Inside the internal card holder flap, there should be a holographic sticker attached to a tag. The Chloé logo with “Made in Italy” should be embossed in gold on the leather, underneath where the top flap sits when the bag is closed.
Another tip is to check the stitching on the pre-loved bag photos against the stitching on the bags on Chloé’s website. Good quality leather and stitching are hallmarks of a bag’s authenticity – often counterfeit bags can be spotted where the number, size and direction of the stitches do not match up to the original from the brand. I learned this the hard way myself, as I recently purchased the Chloé Nile minaudiere bracelet bag from a major preloved luxury website and discovered my purchase was a counterfeit… This was apparent once I compared the stitching to the Chloé bag photos online – also the leather of the counterfeit bag smelt like plastic!
Listing out the pros & cons
As much as I adore my Drew handbag, I feel its important to be honest in this review – whilst the bag has many pros there are also some con’s as well to be aware of, so we’ll start with the ‘bad news” first:
- The front clasp can get smudged as it often has your fingerprints left on it from when opening it up and it can be quite fiddly to open
- The front lock & chain can tend to rub against the front clasp and this has the potential to leave scratches on this part of the bag
- The bag chain isn’t adjustable – so for petite ladies this means it may sit more comfortably on you in terms of height when it’s worn crossbody
- It’s quite a safe bag to carry given the clasp can be fiddly to open!
- The Drew is such a versatile bag which can be worn on the weekend, to any event or formal occasion and with a variety of outfits
- The mini version is quite roomy and can fit a surprisingly large number of items inside – the small size would be able to fit even more!
The final verdict…
All in all, the Chloé Drew is a gorgeous handbag for any woman looking to add a feminine touch to an outfit. With a classic saddle bag front flap design, featuring gold brass jewellery accents and the ability to fit all your essentials inside, it’s the perfect handbag to transition from day to evening in style! I’m so happy I ended up purchasing the Drew as my handbag for 2020 and am looking forward to styling it with pretty outfits during the coming spring and summer here in Sydney.
I hope you have enjoyed this article and found my review of the Chloé Drew handbag helpful!
I’ve also filmed an unboxing & review video for the Drew bag on my You Tube channel! The video is below in case you are interested in watching:
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Chloé Drew handbag! Are you the proud owner of one, or is it on your wish list as a potential purchase? Let me know your thoughts & feedback in the comments below here on the blog!