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.

I had this idea a couple weeks ago, when I put on one of my favorite pairs of dark jeans, a white blouse and my Chanel Boy Bag. The Boy Bag that I have is a muted silver and cream metallic combination, which has a slightly sueded finish but is still categorized as leather. I love this Chanel bag. It’s totally different than most of the bags in my collection in its color and texture, and it’s simply a good bag.

Chanel Boy Bag Discoloration-2

I hear so many people talk about color transfer from denim and I should have known better, but I thought the bag was sitting on my hip, which was covered by my shirt, and not rubbing on my jeans. Although I was conscious of the potential issue, I didn’t exactly make a valiant effort to keep my bag away from my jeans.

We were at the Fort Lauderdale Winter Boat Parade (which is a parade with boats on water, just as the name suggests, and it’s pretty awesome), having a great time. I went home that night and put my bag down; it still looked great to me at the time. It wasn’t until about a week later when I was bringing the bag out again that I caught the backside–and the major blue transfer–on my bag.

Chanel Boy Bag Discoloration-3

It happened. The blue from my denim rubbed right against my bag and created quite the predicament for me. I have yet to try to treat it, because, to be honest, I feel like I could easily make it worse, and I never treat my bags. And this isn’t the bag’s fault; if anything, it’s the jeans’ fault. Even then, denim is typically marked letting us know it may bleed, and lo and behold, it bled on my rather expensive and highly coveted Chanel bag.

So this is my first purse peeve: owning a great bag but needing to be super cognizant of what you pair it with so you don’t have any color transfer. I guess I expect too much from my bags and jeans, but I’m peeved that I now have blue around the back side of my bag. Any suggestions what to do about this?

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PJGambler
PJGambler
7 years ago

Were the jeans brand new, not yet been laundered? I have never had that happen but never wear new jeans unless they’ve been washed a couple of times. I also stay away from light colored bags because I always get either ink marks or lipstick smudges on them, or both. Perhaps, you can take it to Chanel repair and have the bag dyed a much darker color. I’ve done that with Chanel shoes which were a light colored leather. Good luck and sorry it happened to you.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  PJGambler

I’ve been wearing these jeans for a year!! They’ve been washed a bunch of times 🙁

PJGambler
PJGambler
7 years ago

oh no, I never would have expected it then, so sorry.
Maybe an excellent suede cleaner could help or I’d still ask Chanel, If this were your bag what would you do?” The majority of the buying public wear jeans, so this should just not happen.

Nini Kaferle
Nini Kaferle
7 years ago

Try Apple Brand Leather Cleaner? Worked for me, but on a faux-leather bag… Good luck and kind regards from France!

ninfa
ninfa
7 years ago

no matter if the jeans are new or not, that happens is terrific but in my city exist one place which solution this problems and my handbags be like new i hope you find who can fixed or cleaned, good luck ! from Mexico

EliseRonan
7 years ago

you need a good professional cleaner that specializes in leather. They specialize in stains on leather

Cara M
Cara M
7 years ago

I’ve had this happen to me and it makes me insane! I had worn the jeans tons and washed plenty. I really gave no thought to them bleeding on my bag. Luckily it was a coach bag and not Chanel, so not nearly as expensive of a bag. But it’s just not cool.

Aly
Aly
7 years ago

I have a gray suede Celine All Soft that a blue shirt rubbed off on… The shirt wasn’t even new, had been washed! So upsetting b/c dye on suede really can’t be cleaned/fixed. Total bummer. It’s this reason as to why I hesitate to buy suede. I believe leather you can clean.

Sheena Ernst
Sheena Ernst
7 years ago

Umm.. Can’t you just buy a replacement..?? #richgirlproblems

Carmen Wakefield
Carmen Wakefield
5 years ago
Reply to  Sheena Ernst

I know this comment is from 2 years ago, but I would just like to express my opinion. Not all rich people spend their money like water. There are thrifty millionaires out there too! Personally, if I ruined a bag that I love (whether it is $5 or $5,000), I would try to fix it. And then if all fails, THEN I’ll consider buying another one.

I actually came across this thread while trying to find a way to get the stain off the back of my beloved Rag & Bone bag. This bag is no longer made by Rag & Bone and cannot be found anywhere. So yes, I want to try to fix it the best I could…because to me, it is the perfect size and design.

GirlFriday
GirlFriday
6 years ago
Reply to  Sheena Ernst

You have to admit, this is definitely a first world kind of problem. Not that it isn’t incredibly annoying, especially on suede which is high maintenance to begin with.

kate
kate
7 years ago
Reply to  Sheena Ernst

shut up your’e fat and should not have an opinion

GirlFriday
GirlFriday
6 years ago
Reply to  kate

Fat shaming? Really? How classy. The horrible grammar adds just the right touch too.

Kerri
Kerri
7 years ago
Reply to  Sheena Ernst

I thought it was funny too

Amy
Amy
7 years ago
Reply to  Sheena Ernst

I thought you were funny! 🙂

shueaddict
shueaddict
7 years ago
Reply to  Amy

me too! and I am not US, maybe a little UK by association 😉

Deborah
Deborah
7 years ago
Reply to  Sheena Ernst

Why are you on the Purse Blog? #justwondering

Sheena Ernst
Sheena Ernst
7 years ago
Reply to  Deborah

RE: I’m a lover of all things handbags & I have a ‘closet’ on Poshmark & other similar online platforms. Also, just to clarify, I didn’t mean my above comment in a ‘snide’ manner. It’s just that while it’s unfortunate that the color transfer happened to her bag.. I think we can all ‘rest assured’ that Megs will be able to replace it soon ; ) #shesgotthebucks #chanelmightsendheroneaspr

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
7 years ago
Reply to  Sheena Ernst

Contrary to what you have said, your tone is actually indeed snide, negative even! It’s not always about the “bucks” as you’ve put it; sometimes people get attached to their personal items ( I know I do) and in this case, its simply painful because the bag is beautiful and she may not be able to find the exact same bag even if she was gonna replace it.

Sheena Ernst
Sheena Ernst
7 years ago
Reply to  Mya Wilkes

RE: Sorry, Mya, that you have drawn that conclusion/opinion about my previous comment. The main ‘gist’ was that there is a difference between many (posssibly the majority of) Purse Blog reader -&- Megs/the rest of the PB staff. That difference being that a lot of readers have to save up over a long period of time in order to purchase just one luxury handbag, which is their only high end bag. I believe based on the ‘evidence’ of photographs & stories on here, that Megs & the other editors have the financial means to have a collection. Also, while it’s obviously apparent that Megs was upset about the suede damage, I believe she & the others on the PB team are not the type of women to get to heavily attached to a material item. They see the handbags for what they are: pretty & high quality totes etc. to lug their stuff around.

kate
kate
7 years ago
Reply to  Sheena Ernst

you are too attached to cheeseburgers. Regardless of someone being able to buy a new purse, it is still disappointing when that happens. Why not find a way to fix it rather than buy a new purse you fat toad.

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
7 years ago
Reply to  Sheena Ernst

A quick sweep through the purse forum and even the comments will immediately show you that you have it quite wrong. A very good number of the members, if not the majority have more than a few bags and yes, maybe some have to save but most of us do, it doesn’t mean its a terrible struggle, it just means we are willing to plan towards things we want/lust after. A good number are also gifted these lovely items by spouses, family etc. And regardless of how Megs and the team may come across to you with respect to their lifestyles/purses, there is still a certain level of decorum one should try to attain when leaving comments on a public forum. Anyway that’s my opinion.

Lulubelle
Lulubelle
7 years ago
Reply to  Mya Wilkes

My opinion is that you are way uptight.

Sheena Ernst
Sheena Ernst
7 years ago
Reply to  Mya Wilkes

RE: Mya, in my humble personal opinion, you’re actually the one that started a little ‘tiff’ here with me.. This is incredibly silly (!) & I’m not going to comment back again. Sorry for whatever misunderstanding you created from my original comment.

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
7 years ago
Reply to  Sheena Ernst

Lool! Now, your last sentence and hash tags made me laugh. Why did you come to the conclusion it might be a cultural difference? Very weird because i’m indeed from London (UK) lol, but I imagine as PB is American, most of its readers are? Anyway, i didn’t mean to have a “tiff” with you Sheena, I guess the humour was lost on me with your reference to someone having the “bucks” and saying #richgirlproblems. I love America, Vegas was insane, I have to go back and im absolutely infatuated with Cheesecake factory! Truce?

macroblue
macroblue
7 years ago

Light colored suede bags never last. Don’t even bother with them.

Amazona
Amazona
7 years ago

…and this is why I do not own expensive bags in a light color. Or no suede bags. The only one even close to light is a mustard yellow Mulberry and that never goes out with me if there’s a lot of humidity and I’m wearing jeans. No matter if they’re old or new, denim jeans ALWAYS bleed! 🙁
Just looking at your poor bag makes me sad – if it was anything cheaper I’d say try an eraser but since it is what it is, I’d take it to a leather cleaning specialist.

Ellejays11
Ellejays11
7 years ago

I have a Damier Speedy Azur and I’ve had a lot of transfer on it, especially in Maui where it was humid and my clothes carried more moisture. That might be why your jeans transferred (humidity) when they otherwise wouldn’t? The biggest culprit for me was a pair of dark wash denim, and a black cheap polyester swimsuit cover-up (I should know better). Anyway, the leather on this LV is not very soft and I think that’s what has helped some of the transfer fade and wipe off. I’m sure the softer leathers, such as your Chanel, absorb the dye much more. I’ve been told there isn’t much you can do by sales people, but others have had success with professional cleaners. The handles on my bag are another story…

Winn
Winn
7 years ago
Reply to  Ellejays11

Your bag is not leather, but canvas. Canvas can be cleaned easily with a wet microfiber cloth or as the other user recommended, hand sanitizer wipes.

The handles on your bag are leather, which is why they are not as easy to clean.

Ellejays11
Ellejays11
7 years ago
Reply to  Winn

Apologies – yes, correct, it is canvas. There is a lot of transfer that won’t budge, after a few years of wear, but overall it’s easier than leather. I’ve started covering the handles. I have the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag in rosa (my only other light coloured bag) and it’s getting some transfer on the corners, with wear over time on those areas.

Winn
Winn
7 years ago
Reply to  Ellejays11

I love the rosa MGs! I do think Mansur Gavriel bags are known for showing their wear a bit. I have a camello leather tote and its appearance has certainly changed a lot since I bought it.

Ellejays11
Ellejays11
7 years ago
Reply to  Winn

I’m trying to learn to embrace its changing look – “character” 🙂

Amazona
Amazona
7 years ago
Reply to  Ellejays11

You could try some alcoholic hand sanitizer wipes on your LV, since it’s what they recommend using.

PJGambler
PJGambler
7 years ago
Reply to  Amazona

Think you mean NON-alcoholic wipes, right?

PJGambler
PJGambler
7 years ago
Reply to  Amazona

Think you mean non-alcoholic wipes, right?

Ellejays11
Ellejays11
7 years ago
Reply to  Amazona

Thanks – I will give it a shot! All they suggested to me was a touch of warm water and a cloth…

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