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If you noticed that Chanel took its handbag prices off its website earlier this week, we now know why: yesterday, Women’s Wear Daily reported that the brand will begin “harmonizing” its global prices on April 8. That means some markets will see significant increases in handbag prices, while others will see big drops.

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We have a really impressive line-up of handbag selections this week from a much broader variety of labels (and celebrities) than usual. I’m always excited when these roundups aren’t totally dominated by the same three brands as always: Givenchy, Hermès and Chanel.

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For the past several seasons, Chanel has leaned heavily on themes to inform its collections, and its accessory design in particular. First came art school, then protest rallies, and with them some huge hits and notable misses in the bag department.

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Chanel’s Spring 2015 runway was the first one in a while that we weren’t huge fans of. For the first time in several season’s, the brand’s mixture of luxury and kitsch felt a little bit off; where the Chanel Graffiti Backpacks had been a deft mix of high and low, the grunge-y spring messenger bags that seemed intended as their successors reached just a little too far.

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I’m totally obsessed with our new series of texture studies, in which we give you a detailed look at the characteristics and components that make up some of our favorite brands and pieces. We first looked at Chanel Spring 2015 bags, and now we have exclusive photos Vlad shot of the Chanel Haute Couture Collection for Spring-Summer 2015.

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Price increases for the big brands all seem to be hitting around the same time this year, and that is not good for anyone in the market for a new bag. First we told you Hermès was upping its already steep prices in the beginning of the year, next came the rumors of the Louis Vuitton price increase, and now it’s Chanel.

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When we released our last Ultimate Bag Guide, many of you asked us to give the same treatment to the iconic Chanel Classic Flap Bag, and we thought it was an excellent suggestion. This month marks the revolutionary shoulder bag’s 60th anniversary, and somehow, it’s even more popular now than it was in 1955.

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It seems like every time we turn around, there’s a brand new crop of Chanel bags to lust after, and that’s exactly what we’ve got to kick off this shortened holiday week. Below, you’ll find the handbag lookbook images from Chanel Pre-Spring 2015; that’s not to be confused with Chanel Cruise 2015, which is a different thing entirely.

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Ever since we heard rumors that the classic Chanel Grand Shopping Tote was being discontinued, we’ve been paying close attention to what members of our PurseForum have been hearing from their Chanel sales associates and friends at the brand. While we haven’t been able to confirm anything (brands of Chanel’s caliber tend not to dignify these things with a response until they’re good and ready), it seems like the whispered-about changes at Chanel go far beyond just the potential disappearance of a popular tote.

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Hermès bags are, without question, the hottest accessories on the re-sale market; they hold their value better than anything else (and usually even appreciate), and their highest-of-the-high price tags mean that they’re worth the time of enormous auction houses that have the resources to source them from collectors all over the world.

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