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! =)





22 comments:

jelita78 said...

ohmygod!
ohmygod!
ohmygod!
oh
my
god

now u make me want a jumbo!!
darrnniiittt!

Hazel said...

@ jelita78 hahaha! sorry I am such an enabler!

The tuna roll you made look soooo yummy!

Gotta try making that one of these days!

Anonymous said...

i initially was going to get the classic flap in m/l lambskin ghw. i got the m/l caviar shw instead due to practicality. but.. i am still daydreaming about the m/l lambskin ghw. do u think i should get it? (since you have one). do u think it's too similar to the 1 i have? i dont want a jumbo cuz i feel like the m/l size is already heavy, and i like how m/l is more versatile (can wear on days/evenings). i want the beige clair one too in the future, in m/l size. what do u recommend i get as my next bag? what chanel are you planning to get next? thanks

Sour girl said...

love your bags :)

Hazel said...

@anonymous I just think the lambskin is too high maintenance for me... i get to use the beige caviar more than any of my chanel purses..=) between black and beige I think I would recommend the beige one because it looks so good for spring/summer and also you already have a black one so having a variety is nice and great to mix and match your outfit =)

At the moment I'm not planning to get another chanel..=) Probably Balenciaga =)

@sour girl thank you for visiting my blog =)

zsa zsa said...

great collection! i so love the small, medium and large. its like papa bear, mama bear and baby bear hehehe

question: all authentic chanel has continuous quilting/pattern?

if i were to buy only ONE chanel bag, what would you suggest in tersm of style, color and size? :-) thanks hehe

Carrie said...

wow they're absolutely beautiful! i really like how it looks when it's slungs across. my mom got me very first chanel bag last year and i love it so much!

I just came across your blog today. It's Very LOVELY :]

I'm also having a Feather Earrings Giveaway. Come and join it. :D
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:)
Carrie
http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

Leah said...

Oh my lord! Do you actually own all these Chanels?? So Jealous!!

Lovely blog - now following!

ps - I will be adding some Chanel items to my Vintage shop soon and am debuting a preview now on my blog.. please check it out :)

xoxo,
Leah
www.couturearabesque.com

Stephanie {a dash of GLAM} said...

I just found your blog while searching for a beige flap. Gorgeous collection!

melovebutterflies said...

omg! i chose my Balenciaga due to your YT reviews :) I didnt know you had a blog! thanks for following, i just did too :)

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm getting my first channel flap. It's a small black lambskin. Do you think it's a good choice? I'm going back and forth between that and caviar leather what should I do. Going to wear going out to dinner and occasions. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi can I need ur help? my gf like the Chanel classic very much and I am intend to search for her. Can u took two photo and send to my mail. Small size and medium size. Hope u can help tq. benkcg86@Gmail.com

Jessie said...

I love your jumbo!!

Sassy said...

Hi Hazel,

I saw you have three sizes in chanel flap. Which one do you use more often? I can't imagine you use them all equally. I am very curious.

thanks

Anonymous said...

i intend to buy a clair beige colour but i'm afraid that the colour will become darker.... i mean a little bit like light yellow after a while of using. do you think that this colour can be persistent?

Sandy said...

i wanted to get a clair beige colour but i'm afraid that the colour will become darker. May i know how is ur beige now?will those color transfer from cloth happen?if yes,its can be totally get off by water or leather cream? Appreciate your feedback~

chanel clutch said...

You got nice collection of chanel clutch purses. My dear mom bought me my first clutch bag on my 16th birthday. After that, I just fell into love with these bags and now own collection of four clutches each in different color.

TimelessChic said...

I just bought mine too the same jumbo classic flap in ghw and it's a lambskin! I'm thinking should i change it before tomorrow as it's my last 20th day!!!

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Anonymous said...

Hi, your bags are stunning. I'm wondering if some of chanel bag come with un-flat screw like yours? I got one from 2012 and worrying if the bag is authentic or not because screws are not flat.

Xinny T said...

Hi , I just stumbled upon ur website and your bag collection is awesome!
I have the same question as Anonymous about the screws too as mine are not flat for my recent purchase.
I'm worried about its authenticity.