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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.