Chanel Price Increase 2015

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.

Chanel Spring 2015 Bag Textures (13)

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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Saint Laurent’s Sac de Jour has quietly-yet-deliberately infiltrated the hearts and minds of celebrities over the past year. It’s not that the bag itself is remarkable; it’s really not, which may be part of the appeal. It’s sort of an anti-“it” bag–classically styled and fairly inconspicuous, with minimal branding.

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We spend a lot of time looking at bags and sharing beautiful photos of bags around here. We review bags, we swoon over bags, we buy bags. One of the best parts of some of my favorite bags are in the details; a close look at the leather or the stitching gives you an insight into the bag you may not have seen before.

This or That

I’m in a bit of a bag predicament, and since I’ve exhausted my family and friends enough on this matter, I thought I’d pose the question to all of you. I’m in need of a new bag for nights out, and I need help deciding if I should splurge on the Saint Laurent Medium Monogram Satchel or the Chanel Boy Wallet on a Chain.

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It’s somewhat rare that brands discontinue popular bags from their popular collections, but we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz lately about the potential end of the Chanel Grand Shopping Tote–it might be a thing of the past in the near future.

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There are so many things I love about handbags, but on the flip side, there are some aspects of bags that drive me nuts. I’m sure I’m not alone in some of these issues, and that’s why we’re bringing you a new series, Purse Peeves–because sometimes my favorite accessories drive me nuts.

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