Sunday, June 19, 2011

Purse Review: Chanel Classic Flap in Jumbo

My love for Chanel started about 2 years ago when I came across The Purse Forum.  I was into LV at that time and would spend so much time on the forum researching purses.  Then I saw Mia's blog... and fell in love with Chanel completely.  She has the most extensive Chanel collection I've ever seen! =)  In different colors and sizes that it seems like you are in a candy store!  I love her fashion style and how she is very down to earth.

Anyways, going back...I got my first Chanel... a classic med/large flap in lambskin in gold hardware.  I love her to pieces!  The texture of lambskin is so luxurious.  The size is perfect for a nice dinner.. a night out or fancy dates... a timeless classic purse that matches with everything.  I love her so much that I wanted to get a bigger size for an everyday purse that is classic, fits everything that I carry and will use forever and ever, hence I got one in jumbo.  I wanted to get it in caviar but that time caviar was always sold out.. I guess it still is..  so I got the lambskin instead. I still got it in black because I think  it is versatile...  and I chose the silver hardware for a more casual look...I love it but it  is just so delicate... for an everyday purse it is not really a wise idea to baby it all the time.  I don't mind it in med/large because I don't usually use it everyday plus the texture is perfect in that size...but with the jumbo I get paranoid of denting or scratching it.  So it didn't really get to see the sun as much as I want it to...  I love my lambskin jumbo..  it is just so high maintenance that you may want to consider the caviar if you are planning to get one in this size.  ;)

After I got the black jumbo in lambskin, I've been researching for a lighter colored purse for spring/summer..  The Jumbo Clair Beige in caviar and gold hardware caught my eye.  I called so many Chanel store if they have it in stock but none of them had it.  The only place that have it nationwide at that time was in South Coast Plaza.. but they had it in lambskin and a floor model.  It was tempting... but I kept on reminding my self never to get lambskin in jumbo again... and being a floor model was a deal breaker.  So I held off at that time and that was the wisest decision I've ever made.  Well, purse related of course.. =)  I kept on researching and looking for the purse and it  took me awhile to finally track it down. I found one in ebay.  It was new with tags and a little pricey than the store... I guess because it was in demand at that time and the seller wants to price it more...  I had it authenticated and it was real...but after three days on the listing it was sold... I was sooo bummed.   So the hunt continued... after a week I saw another listing of Clair Beige on ebay.  This time it was preowned.. it was in excellent condition and about 300 usd less than brand new... long story short... I got it and never regretted it since =)  Sorry guys if I'm boring you with my Chanel story... so let's move along...

All Chanel purses comes with a dustbag

Chanel Jumbo in Clair Beige in Gold Hardware

Up close...



All Classic Flaps have an authenticity card.

The number on the card should match the hologram sticker inside the purse.

Sorry I made a mistake it is not a date code but the product number and it can be found inside the lower left hand side

Up close of the hologram sticker.

What fits inside...

I took the camera out so you can see the inside.  It is pretty roomy.  Everyday essentials fit perfectly.

Side by side with the Jumbo Caviar in Silver hardware

Up close with the Black Jumbo... with the interlocking cc.. the right c should overlap the left on top and the left bottom one should overlap the right

One of the things to look for to know if the purse is authentic is the closure hardware ..  it should have the Chanel and Paris engraved with two screws

The interior is a rich burgundy color

Another thing to consider the authenticity is the stitching of the quilt.. it should be continuous...
Here I have a small dent =(...Lambskin... Oh well... but I still love you! ;)

Side by side comparison of texture of Lambskin and Caviar...
The lambskin is very smooth and pristine looking while the caviar has a pebbled look to it.

Different sizes of my classic flaps

Front view...

Side view...

Now on to modelling pics =)
The Jumbo size you can wear in two ways...
The crossbody type...


And as a shoulder bag...


I don't find the size overwhelming at all...  it is actually a good size as an everyday purse.

Now modeling the beige flap...

I just love the color for spring and summer...

 Crossbody style...


Overall, I love Chanel purses... the Classic flap in particular...  They are just so elegant, classic and timeless pieces.  You can match them with almost anything.  Either you are all dressed up or dressing down.  However the price has increased so much that it is hard for me to justify getting another one.   Someday perhaps but at the moment I'm happy with my mini collection that will last me forever and ever and ever and ever   ;)

  
Hope you guys enjoyed this post.

Thank you so much for dropping by! =)





Saturday, June 11, 2011

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Hi guys! Hope you are all doing well =) It has been awhile!  I'm doing good but just been preoccupied with a lot of stuff =)  Anyways had a fun photo shoot yesterday thought of sharing a couple of shots with you all.  Have a great weekend!









I'll try to update soon! =)