One of the reasons I can justify (somewhat justify; it’s still an exorbitant amount of money) spending a lot of money on a designer bag is by reminding myself of the quality of the materials and craftsmanship that goes into making the bag. To this day, when I take my Hermès Birkin out of the box, I immediately smell the delicious leather; my Birkin may be 6 years old but it smells brand new. (more…)

If you were expecting Chanel’s Fall 2014 collection to be posed in a Target near you for the brand’s fall ads just because of the supermarket runway show, you were wrong. Karl Lagerfeld has gone in a workout direction for Chanel’s seasonal ads, choosing to focus on the sporty side of the collection (including tons of sneakers) instead of the grocery-themed details. With that in mind, the ads feature brand favorite Cara Delevingne and Binx Walton, a boxing gym and approximately one zillion of Chanel’s pre-fall and fall handbags. (more…)

Here’s heiress Nicky Hilton, flitting about amongst the common folk of NYC, looking uber-feminine and carrying a pastel pink Chanel Flap Bag, of course. This is one of Nicky’s many, many Flap Bags, and you check out the rest of her Flap Bag stash in “The Many Bags of Nicky Hilton”, which is probably due for a redux soon.

Nicky Hilton has been leaning pretty heavily on the Chanel bags lately. We’ve featured her six times on PB this year, and five times out of six, she was carrying Chanel. Some of her more interesting recent Chanel acquisitions include this five-figure Chanel Boy Brick Clutch, and this similarly pricey and exclusive Chanel No.5 Perfume Bottle Clutch.

It’s that time of year again! (It’s that time of year approximately six times per year.) There are new Chanel bags in the stores boutiques, this time from the Fall 2014 Pre-Collection. If you were turned off from the overbearing theme of the brand’s recent Dallas-themed Metiers d’Art collection, then this one might be more your speed; it includes a lot of seasonless bags and Chanel classics, plus a little bit of python to satisfy the high-rollers.

Check out all of the bags (with their prices!) below, or take a gander at the collection as Chanel displays it on its website.

Let’s be real: not many bags age well. Poor craftsmanship and materials become obvious over time, and most brand design to trends rather than having strong looks of their own that defy them. Chanel is one of very few exceptions to that rule, and that makes the brand’s vintage and pre-owned bags all the more covetable. Today, you have a chance to scoop one up for your very own via Moda Operandi.

Because so many Chanel bags that are popular now have gone largely unchanged since their introductions in decades past, these vintage bags don’t look at all dated. Instead, a vintage Chanel bag makes you look like the lucky girl who got an awesome bag passed down for her mom. If your mother doesn’t have any Chanel to give (or is unwilling to part with hers – we wouldn’t blame her), check out some of our favorites from the Moda trunkshow below or shop the full selection (which also includes jewelry and small accessories).

In handbags, just like in soccer, there are certain superpowers who rarely face defeat. Just like Germany has steamrolled its way into Sunday’s final of the actual World Cup (our sincere condolences to Brazil), the Chanel Boy Bag, whose allegiance we had attributed to Germany because of Karl Lagerfeld’s birthplace, has risen to the top of the 2014 PurseBlog Handbag World Cup. If you recall, Chanel was also claimed victory in our 2014 March Madness bracket. Both were voted on only by you, our readers, so it’s quickly become apparent that there’s an ardent army of Chanel-lovers in our midst.

We rarely cover haute couture on PurseBlog because couturiers rarely release bags along with their handmade, custom-fitted clothing. The couture shows are magical to behold nonetheless, with design houses meticulously showing the best of their crafts in museum-quality pieces. While major houses including Valentino, Christian Dior, and Atelier Versace send couture down the runway sans bags, leave it to Chanel to design bags for its Chanel Couture Fall 2014 collection.

These aren’t the types of bags you expect from Chanel; you won’t find any interlocking Cs or quilted leather. Each couture look had a bag specially designed to coordinate with it, and after the show, Karl Lagerfeld revealed another fun fact: while couture refers to cutting and seaming, Karl Lagerfeld said this collection was haute couture without the “couture” – each piece was molded rather than seamed.

And if these bags don’t strike your fancy, be sure to check out the bags that the celebrities and attendees carried to the shows, which are a delight.

Here’s Nicky Hilton, wandering lower Manhattan on her cell phone (as we so often see her doing), carrying what’s apparently her latest acquisition: the rather conspicuous Chanel No. 5 Perfume Bottle Clutch. This clutch is an extremely expensive runway piece that retails for a hefty five figure sum, and it’s very hard to come by. Unless you’re a Hilton, of course.

Nicky clearly has a good relationship with her local Chanel boutique, as evidenced by the vast quantity of the brand’s bags in “The Many Bags Nicky Hilton.” This is actually the second uber-pricey Chanel clutch we’ve seen Nicky carrying this month. Our spies spotted in her in Manhattan a few weeks ago with one of her favorites – the Chanel Boy Brick Clutch, which also retails for five figures.

To celebrate the launch of its brand new site, Portero, the Internet’s leading source for pre-owned designers handbags and luxury goods, wants to reward the Internet’s most ardent bag lovers – our readers!

From now through Wednesday, June 25, you can register for a chance to win the tweedy, jewel-encrusted Chanel Flap Bag you see above, which is a limited edition piece that will never again be available from the brand. Click below to enter the giveaway, and make sure to check out Portero’s impressive new redesign.

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Here’s Gwyneth Paltrow, just barely making it onto a flight at JFK and looking none too pleased about it. She’s carrying a Chanel Graffiti Tote from the brand’s Spring 2014 collection, which seems a little bit off-brand for her normal look. Admittedly, I am not a fan of Chanel’s graffiti bags, but I can’t decide if I find the tote more or less irritating than the backpack. Gwyneth is also wearing a cute pair of Givenchy Lace Slip-On Sneakers, which you can can find at Saks for $650.

We don’t feature Gwyneth on PB nearly as often as we’d like – aside from the occasional airport spotting, her public appearances tend to be limited to your typical celeb PR gigs, brand events, GOOP events and red carpet appearances. That’s why “The Many Bags of Gwyneth Paltrow” feels a little more glamorous than most- there’s not a single pic of her schlubbing around LA with a grande Frappuccino and no make-up on. It just wouldn’t be very Gwyneth.

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