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.

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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.

Whether you’ve been awaiting the Texas-inspired bags of the Chanel Metiers d’Art 2014 collection with rapt anticipation or wishing that they had never happened to begin with, you certainly haven’t forgotten that they exist in the six months since the collection made its much-talked-about (and somewhat controversial) Dallas debut. Now the bags, along with the rest of the collection, are available for purchase at Chanel boutiques worldwide, and we’ve got images for your perusal below.

The bags are notable, of course, but also notable is that Chanel seems to have walked back its decision to share its pricing with the public, as it had done for the past two collections. Not only are prices not listed for these bags, but on the product pages for Spring 2014, they’ve also been removed. We’re working to get prices for the bags below, but in the meantime, enjoy the photos.

Ok, so maybe this is not the most pressing breaking news ever, but we follow Hilary’s bag collection pretty closely and immediately knew that this Chanel bag was a brand new addition to her collection. Here’s handbag collector supreme Hilary Duff, walking down the middle of the street in West Hollywood, wearing overalls and carrying a new, cherry red Chanel Boy Bag. (Yes, overalls and Chanel. It’s happened. And I don’t hate it.)

We just saw Hilary with a gold Chanel Boy Bag mere weeks ago, so it’s safe to say the Boy is clearly Hilary’s bag of choice for this season. We all know Hilary used to act and sing and such, but now acquiring designer handbags is basically her full-time gig. (That, and motherhood.) You can see her insane Chanel stash in “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff” and “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff, Part 2.”

Here’s heiress Nicky Hilton, strolling past the abandoned Target shopping carts and graffitied brick walls of downtown Manhattan with a Chanel Boy Brick Clutch. These little bags cost nearly ten grand, and they are particularly hard to come by at retail stores, so they’re usually reserved for special events and formal occasions. (We saw Nicky carrying this same Boy Brick Clutch to a movie screening back in March.)

It’s highly unusual to see a Boy Brick Clutch paired with such a low-key, casual (but extremely cute) outfit, but of course, the Hilton sisters are not at all adverse to carrying $10K bags anywhere they please. Nicky’s edition of “The Many Bags of…” remains one of our most prolific editions of the series to date, and even though it only hit the blog last year, a follow-up post is probably already warranted.

Last week, Karl Lagerfeld presented the Chanel Cruise Dubai 2014 show on The Island in Dubai. We already took a look inside Chanel Cruise Dubai from the perspective of the attendees, and now we have a closer look at the collection’s handbags and accessories. (more…)

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