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Chanel Classic Flap Bag Caviar Medium

A Brief History of Chanel

Before we get to the Chanel handbag review section, let’s first talk about why the brand itself is so amazing.
Chanel bags – and indeed, their entire product line from scarves to perfume and beyond – have become a universal icon of class, wealth and style. It all started in 1910. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel opened her first shop, a hat store at 21 Rue Cambon in Paris. Her designs sold to all the most famous French actresses. This helped her create a name for herself as an icon of simple, elegant fashion design.

By 1915, after introducing a popular sportswear line, Chanel again exploded the fashion world. This time with her first upscale couture house. From there, the rest is history. The brand has been firmly ensconced in fashion legend ever since.
What’s made the designer and her company so famous all these years? A few things: Emphasis on clean lines. Use of quality materials. Top-of-the-line and lasting construction. Exclusivity or limitation of designs. The latter is a trend which continues today.

It’s this last trait that makes Chanel such a good investment strategy. You can rest assured that the bag you buy this year won’t be available next year. That means after purchase, you have a commodity that only a few others will possess. Over time, that becomes an extremely valuable asset. While Chanel handbags will continue to be made, that particular bag will never get made again.

Why Chanel Bags Are Worth the Investment

People have long known this about fashion houses all over the world. Buying unique, beautiful, short-run items has always had the main advantage of knowing that as time passes, that piece will become more valuable. In addition to being a statement piece to beat all others, Chanel bags behave in the tried-and-true economic manner as all good investments.

They Appreciate in Value

As with all good and highly desired fashion items, Chanel bags get more expensive every year. This applies to both the new bags and the collector’s items that are no longer manufactured. They also don’t depreciate in value nearly as much as other bags, due to the quality of construction, the brand recognition and the fact that new bag prices continue to rise, so that they’re eventually worth much more than you paid for them.

They Stay in the Family for Generations

Chanel bags (really Chanel things in general) become excellent family heirlooms to pass on to your children or family members.  They can either enjoy it themselves or sell it for lot’s of cash. Sound like a pretty good investment strategy? It is, which is why the rich and famous have used it for so long. And that’s before we talk about what an awesome statement piece a good Chanel handbag is.

They Give You Membership to an Exclusive Club

Let’s face it: Your bag game simply isn’t on point unless you have at least one Chanel in your collection. Not everyone can afford one. Because of that, they’re a fantastic statement piece. You can be sure you won’t show up to a party and find half the party sporting a similar bag (how embarrassing would that be?!?) Adding to the exclusive caché is the fact that for many bags, you have to be waitlisted. That means you have to hold your horses while the fashion house gets your bag ready. They take your size, color, shape and other specifications into account. This is especially true for the classic flap bag. It is so popular that demand for it often far outpaces supply.

They Scream Quintessential Quality

Chanel handbags use exceptionally high-quality materials, without exception. (See what I did there?) Each one utilizes leather, fabrics and hardware of the best make. This is why pretty much all bags can safely qualify as “best Chanel handbags.”
Plus, the bags are of the highest possible craftsmanship. After all, good materials don’t count for much if the bag’s just going to fall apart in a few years. Luckily, that’s not an issue. The fashion house employs not only the best makers, but the best designers as well. (Long Live Chanel King Karl Lagerfeld.) Quality, much like investment potential and exclusivity, is the reason royalty, Hollywood and the elite have for decades put their money into luxury items such as these. Unlike the stars, however, you probably don’t have the funds for twenty Chanel handbags. Therefore should do your choosing widely. That’s where the rest of this Chanel handbag review comes in.

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So now that I’ve convinced you that you NEED one or two Chanel bags in your life, let me help you figure out which one is best for you. Unlike some other fashion houses that achieve exclusivity and perfection of design through only one or two new pieces a year, Chanel offers a wide variety of handbags from which to choose.

Classic Flap Bag Chanel Bags

1. Classic Flap Bag

Of any handbag in the Chanel line, the flap is probably closest to what the stars wore a hundred years ago. Here, classically quilted in black caviar leather, the bag is available in a number of other materials and patterns as well. Each classic flap is finished with a Chanel snap on the front, chain handles and finest leather within.

Boy Bag Chanel Bags

2. Chanel Boy Bag

More expensive than the classic flap, the boy bag offers next-level luxury and storage. It has a wide-open compartment and bold leather framing on the outside. Thicker hardware and a sturdy lock give this an almost industrial feel. Nevertheless, it’s still the height of chic.

Shopping Bag Chanel Bags

3. Chanel Shopping Bag/Tote

Chanel totes are available in a huge number of shapes and sizes. While black is the classic color, you can find them in a number of others as well. Leather is the typical material. It is carefully worked and reinforced to stand up to decades of use. Some totes have a hardware logo. On others, it is quilted into the leather across the front of the bag.

Backpack Chanel Bags

4. Chanel Backpack

Here’s another classic shape. The Chanel backpack has a quilted front pocket and large statement flap with metal hardware. The top closes via drawstring, and the empty compartment is made to carry everything you need for a day. Get ready to enjoy Nice or your own hometown!

Hobo Bag Chanel Bags

5. Chanel Hobo Bag

Get ready to take “slouch” to a whole new level. Hobo bags are notable for their ability to combine that recognizable Chanel class with a casual aesthetic that works for both day and night. Whether the leather is quilted, rumpled or smooth, these investments are always a win.

Reissue Bag Chanel Bags

6. Chanel 2.55 Bag aka Reissue Bag

On the surface, the reissue bag looks like the classic flap. But it’s not. The design is sleeker, with a thinner profile and more distressed leather than its counterpart. The bag is a throwback to 1955 (hence the name), when it was first issued. In some ways, this makes it an even better investment. It has retro in spades!

Clutch Chanel Bags

7. Chanel Clutch

Nothing makes you more red-carpet-ready than a Chanel clutch. Like most of their other handbags, these are usually of the quilted variety. They come in a range of colors and a wide variety of finishes, but the main idea is the same. They’re small, easily held in one hand. If you prefer, you can pull out the delicate chain with which most are supplied.

Wallet On Chain Chanel Bags

8. Chanel Wallet on a Chain

This is like the clutch, except with a slimmer wallet profile. Wallets on chains, as the name implies, come with a long enough strap that you can carry them over a shoulder. Inside, you’ll find room for credit cards, cash, lip gloss and a phone. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a night out, and the classic style will go with almost any outfit.

Waist Bag Chanel Bags

9. Chanel Waist Bag

You thought fanny packs were uncool? Think again, because Chanel can turn any stereotype on its head. That’s right: Belting your purse to your middle has become awesome again. Following the same style as their other handbags (quilting and hardware), these small totes stick close to the body for crowded venues and hands-free activities. These are sometimes also released as camera bags, so watch out for variations in style and shape from year to year.

So which is your fave? Can you even pick ONE? I’m more of a boy bag girl, hah! I like the classic shape with the addition of the modern details and bold chains. Either way, you really can’t go wrong with Chanel. And if you liked this post, stay tuned for my next Chanel inspired piece where I’ll give you the scoop on all the different places you can find these beauties.

Steps to Authenticating a Chanel Bag

10 Steps to Authenticating a Chanel Bag

With so many fakes and superfakes flooding the market, having the ability to spot small differences and determine whether or not a Chanel bag is genuine is an important skill. Although there is no one single way to authenticate a Chanel bag, there are various tell-tale signs that you can look out for. To help you feel more confident in being able to spot the obvious and not so obvious signs of an authentic Chanel bag, we’ve compiled these 10 steps which are used by our authentication team when verifying the authenticity of Chanel bags.

1. Examine the Leather

Chanel Leather

The leather of choice on many Chanel bags is lambskin which should feel soft to the touch and have a visibly smooth appearance. The superior quality of leather used by Chanel should be easy to distinguish from the feel and appearance of a counterfeit. If you are inspecting a lambskin leather bag, ensure it feels extremely soft to the touch.

Another popular leather used by Chanel is caviar skin which is made from pebbled calf leather. This type of leather has a bubbly appearance and is more textured to the touch. It is less likely to scratch and mark and is a more durable leather than lambskin. When you run your hands over genuine caviar leather you should feel raised dimples.

2. Check the Quilting

Chanel Quilting

The quilting pattern is synonymous with Chanel and can be a good indicator of whether a bag is genuine or not. A good place to check the quilting is the back of the bag where the pocket lies. The stitching should maintain the consistent diamond pattern and line up perfectly. However, if you are purchasing a pre-loved Chanel bag it is possible that wear or the stretching of the leather has led to the lines becoming slightly out of place so this is only a valid indicator if purchasing a new Chanel bag.

3. Count the Stitching/Lining

Chanel Stitching Lining

This can be a very good indicator as Chanel use a high number or stitches to help maintain the bag’s original shape. A genuine Chanel bag will feature up to eleven stitches per panel (that is the distance of one side of the diamond shape). However, a replica bag will generally feature a lower number of stitches per panel.

Lining is another feature which varies between genuine bags and replicas. Lining on a genuine bag lies flat against the material without any visible lumps or bumps. However, counterfeit bags will usually skimp on his detail and use inferior leather which can crease easily and even be a little loose.

4. Check the CC Lock

Chanel CC Lock

One of the most famous and recognizable features on Chanel bags is the CC lock. The original 2.55 lock is rectangular without any logo or Chanel stamping. Chanel make bags with both styles of locks so if your back features the rectangular lock it may still be authentic. The CC lock can feature either raised or flat finishes with the right C overlapping the left C at the top and the left C overlapping the right C at the bottom. Replica locks generally feature minor mistakes such as the shape of the Cs, the placement of additional metal above the lock, and even the style of the interlocking Cs.

The lock stem itself is another feature worth checking. Authentic lock stems are made from 24K gold and even when used for a lengthy period of time will still maintain its condition. Replicas, however, are generally plated with gold which will peel off after use. Also inspect the press studs for quality and feel. Genuine press studs will also maintain their appearance after use, whereas replicas will peel and fade quickly.

5. Check the Back of the Lock

Chanel Back of Lock

Stamping marks vary according to when the bag was made and the style of the bag. Some CC locks have a stamping mark whereas others have no mark at all, so even if your bag doesn’t feature a stamp don’t fret! If the lock has a stamp it means it was made in France whereas if it doesn’t feature a stamp it means it was made in Italy. The real giveaway is the stamping mark on the back plate. If you open the bag and look at the back of the turnstile lock you will see the back plate. Chanel attach this using flat had screws only alongside a clear font with even spacing. Replicas may use different type of screws and various other styles of lettering and font on the back plate.

6. Verify the Branding or Logos

Chanel Branding and Logo

The brand stamp is another way to confirm the authenticity of a Chanel bag. Check the font and quality of the stamp. Many replicas use a thinner font and rush the branding so that it sits on the leather rather than being embossed into it. The position of the embossed Chanel logo is another feature worth checking. It should sit one and a half centimeters below the quilted C with the width of the Cs and the gap between them remaining consistent at 0.9cm. The width of a genuine Chanel logo is 3.3cm.

7. Authenticity Cards

Chanel Authenticity Cards

Not all authenticity cards are genuine! A quick way to see if the authenticity card is genuine is to see how many numbers make up the code. If the bag was made between 1984 and 1986 it will feature 6 digits, if it was made between 1986 and 2004 it will feature 7 digits, and if was made from 2005 onwards it will feature 8 digits. Currently Chanel do not issue authenticity cards with 9 digits or more.

8. Check the Chain Straps

Chanel Chain Strap

The famous chain and leather straps are a signature feature of Chanel bags and also a great way to spot a fake. Vintage Chanel bags feature a link without the leather threaded through it whereas replica straps often don’t have a link without the leather threaded through it. However, contemporary Chanel bags feature leather straps folded back on themselves and stitched through each link, so it is important to inspect the detail up close!

9. Observe the Bag’s Shape

Chanel Bag Shape

Replica Chanel bags are usually constructed poorly and feature a boxy shape in comparison to genuine Chanel bags. Look out for rounded corners on replicas compared to the more square shape of genuine bags. This is a sign of the bag not being turned out properly and of poor quality material used on the bag.

10. Check Those Zippers

Chanel Zippers

There are a variety of zippers used on genuine Chanel bags. These include the lampo zipper which is always used on metal teeth, the EP zipper which generally features a pull tag made of leather, the three Cs in a circle zipper, the OPTI DMC zipper, the éclair zipper, the DMC zipper, the YKK zipper, and the no mark zipper which is usually found on vintage Chanel bags.

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