To own a Chanel bag is to own timeless elegance and beauty. Chanel Singapore has long been trusted and desired for their high quality, classic and simple bags. Just like many other fashion brands, Chanel’s signature bag look is the quilted fine leather bag with the Chanel logo at the front. Over the years, Chanel has come up with different bags and stayed true to their iconic style. Browse our wide selection of Chanel bags, wallets, handbags, clutches, sling bags, backpacks, and more.

How long does a Chanel bag last? | How can I tell if my Chanel bag is authentic? | What Chanel bag should I buy first?

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The Epitome of Elegance in Fashion: Chanel Bags Prices, Care Tips, Bag Recommendations

Ever since Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel opened her boutique at 31 rue Cambon in Paris in 1918, the fashion house has been making statement clothing pieces and accessories. While Chanel began producing hats and clothing initially, the French fashion house has since expanded to designing and producing various handbags and purses that every fashionista should own.

A Chanel bag signifies opulence and no matter how old you are or what you do for a living, the interlocked double C will portray you as a classy and elegant woman. Be that as it may, you may want to avoid using one type of Chanel bag everywhere and for every event. If you happen to own several types of Chanel handbags or plan to purchase more, keep reading to know which Chanel bags to use depending on the occasion.

Chanel Tote Bag

The totes are rectangular handbags with an open top and two shoulder straps. Chanel has tote bags in the size of medium to large, and they can fit a lot of your personal belongings at once. The tote is suitable to be worn to work or school since it can fit your books, charger, small laptops, tablets, water bottle, and more.

Must-have tote bags: Chanel’s Gabrielle Bag, 2016 Large Calfskin Shopper Tote, Shopping Fever Tote, Caviar Medallion Tote, and Cambon Ligne Tote.

Chanel Classic Flap Bag

When you think of Chanel bags, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is their legendary flap bags. Chanel Classic Flap Bags were introduced by Karl Lagerfeld in 1983 as a reinterpretation of the 2.55, also known as the Reissue. Designed in various sizes, Chanel Classic Flap Bags are super versatile and can be worn to almost any occasion. For formal functions or cocktail events, Chanel mini flap bag is a good choice too. You can use it when running errands or to a birthday dinner at an exclusive restaurant. Pair it with some jeans or a cocktail dress (preferably Chanel’s iconic little black dress) and your ensemble will be complete with the flap bag.

Must-have flap bag: Chanel Classic Flap Bag, Satin CC Evening Bag, Chanel Boy Bag, and the Chanel Wallet on Chain.

Chanel Purse and Clutches

Step into that evening formal event with confidence when you use any of Chanel’s small purses or clutches. Pair your evening look with Chanel accessories such as brooches, necklaces or earrings, which will certainly turn heads! You can also make use of the Chanel purses when running a quick errand.

Must-have clutches and purses: Coco Pleats Clutch, Chanel WOC Timeless CC bag, Crystal CC Clutch, and the unique Dubai By Night Gas Can Minaudière.

How long does a Chanel bag last?

Thanks to Chanel’s workmanship and timeless design, Chanel bags can sustain very well over the years. Chanel bags can be extremely valuable if they are well-maintained, rendering the bags a high resale value in the future. According to AsiaOne, the classic 2.55 handbag by Chanel retailed for S$297 when it was launched in 1955. Today, the bag has a value of 30 times more than its debut price. It’s safe to say that Chanel luxury bags’ value will appreciate in the next few years to come.

How to Preserve Your Luxury Chanel Bags So It Can Last for Years

The easiest thing to do to take care of your Chanel bags is to store them carefully and properly. Chanel would often give any handbag buyers a complimentary dust cover to store their Chanel bags in. When storing, fill the bag with acid-free tissue paper or scarves. If you carry liquid products like makeup or perfume, store them in a pouch to avoid any spillage on the inner lining. Lastly, try to polish the exterior of your bag with leather gel. If you find any scratches or stains, take it to a handbag repair professional to polish the surface to restore its original condition.

All leather goods from Chanel are covered with a one year warranty. In any case that your Chanel bag is seen with light damage or any of its components malfunctions within one year since your purchase date, you can enjoy a complimentary bag repair service with the brand. Here's what you need to know about Chanel's repair service:

  • While proof of purchase is not mandatory for your bag to be qualified for a repair service, your repair is still chargeable without it unless it belongs to a recent season.
  • Simple repairs for classic and seasonal goods are done locally and can be completed within 6 weeks. That said, repairs that require much more refinement or specific components will be delivered to Paris. This whole overseas delivery and repair process will take about 6 months or so to complete.

Chanel repair service is offered in a broad price range, starting from as low as S$50 and it can go as high as a couple of hundreds, depending on the complexity of the repair and the model of your bag.

Below are the estimated prices for some of the common repair services:

  • Change of hardware (e.g. clasps, chain, loose screws) – From $50
  • Re-stitching loose threads – From $100
  • Replacement of chain straps – $300 to $500

(Information courtesy of Her World Singapore)

How can I tell if my Chanel bag is authentic?

Here are simple steps to follow when authenticating your Chanel bag:

  • Examine the patent leather - It should feel soft and smooth to the touch. If the bag is made of caviar skin, it should have a bubbly appearance with a more textured feel. Most authentic Chanel bags come in either black caviar (made from calfskin) or lambskin leather.
  • Check the CC lock - Make sure the right C overlaps on top and the left C is overlapped at the bottom.
  • Check the chain strap: It's much heavier than replica bags, and the stitching is clean and seamless.
  • Zippers: Chanel only uses the lampo zipper, EP zipper that comes with leather pull tag, a circle zipper with three Cs, OPTI DMC zipper, eclair zipper, DMC zipper, YKK zipper and no mark zipper (most commonly seen in vintage Chanel bags)
  • Screws: Chanel typically uses Allen screws or flathead screws. If it's a Phillips head screw, it's definitely a counterfeit product.

What is the most expensive Chanel bag?

The most expensive bag ever crafted by Chanel is the Chanel Diamond Forever Bag featuring 334 sparkling diamonds that weigh 3.56 karats altogether as well as a strap made out of an 18-karat gold chain. Made with alligator leather, this bag is a limited edition with only 13 pieces made available to the entire world. As a mix between the Reissue 2.55 Bag and the Classic Flap Bag, it retailed for US$261,000.

Where is the cheapest place to buy Chanel?

According to Yahoo Finance, the cheapest place to obtain a Chanel Boy Bag, 2.55 Classic Flap Bag, Classic Flap Wallet and two-tone ballerina flats is the United Kingdom - where Chanel’s global headquarters are currently located.

Does Chanel ever go on sale?

While Chanel rarely offers discounts on the retail price of their goods in their own boutiques, you may find Chanel’s fragrance and beauty items or accessories like sunglasses that go on sale in certain department stores during festive seasons. If you’re a regular online shopper, keep your eyes peeled for seasonal sales on Farfetch and Style Tribute to find Chanel goods with a lower price tag.

What Chanel bag should I buy first?

For first-time buyers, a safe option would be the classic flap bag, a timeless piece that exudes sophistication and classiness. If you would like a clutch-looking bag that fits the bill for attending evening functions or gala dinners, the Chanel Wallet on Chain (WOC) is a great purse to go for. It comes with multiple card slots and can fit a phone, keys, and some small makeup items or jewellery pieces. Therefore, a wallet is not necessary with this dainty crossbody bag.

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