Honoring the family name, Chloe Perrin puts a new spin on a century-old tradition of leather accessories.
Chloe Perrin introduces her black clutch with maternal tenderness. Isn’t the slant of the handle so modern and architectural? And what do you think of the diminutive size? Ideal for a cocktail party, yes? “It’s my first,” she explains with a slight blush, adding, “My parents aren’t ones to just hand over the baby.”
Named creative director of her family’s 120-year-old heritage leather-goods label, Perrin, last November, Paris-based Chloe, age 24, (a graduate of France’s prestigious Studio Berçot, whose alumni include Isabel Marant) is reveling in her new post. Her opening statement, an asymmetric glove bag she is proudly carrying, is just a hint of what’s to come.
Though her official debut won’t arrive until Fall/ Winter 2015/2016, Chloe’s touch is already evident in the Spring/Summer 2015 collection, replete with organic textures such as beechwood mixed with exotic materials like stingray, and geometric shapes that nod to Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
“I’m usually mostly inspired by furniture,” she admits, citing pieces in her parents’ midcentury Victor Gruen-designed Coldwater Canyon residence as muses, from the curvilinear-shaped couch in the living room to the Ado Chale coffee table. The home’s interior designer, Chahan Minassian—who shaped the brand’s new 850-square-foot flagship in Paris, which opened in January—also gets special mention.
Chloe worked on the retail floors of Perrin’s New York and Paris boutiques (as well as squeezing in a stint at Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book) before landing in her current role: “My parents wanted me to experience all aspects of the business—they wanted me to understand what the clients seek,” she says.
Her study results in a glamorously rational appreciation for engineering that’s evident when she sings the praises of the brand’s Le Macaron evening bag—available in yellow crocodile and white or navy calfskin for spring—which comes with a metallic cuff instead of a handle, for this consummately French reason: “So that you can hold a glass of Champagne and your jacket and not worry about your bag,” she says. But, of course. Perrin Paris, 346 N. Beverly Dr., B.H., 310-786-9936; perrinparis.com.
Edited by Heather Severs.
Written by Melissa Goldstein.
PHOTOS: Columbine Goldsmith.