Chanel vintage bags

I'm sure most ladies will agree that a classic Chanel bag has an air and grace all of its own. They are the quintessential bag, shrouded in design history and one that you should keep forever, should you ever be fortunate enough to own one.  It's also the type of bag that will only appreciate in value.  The fact that these bags continue to be reinvented with many variations and remain in production even after countless years, just confirms that these beauties are still, just as the day that they were created, in high demand.

As much as I love a newly created piece, I have a passion for vintage items that have been loved, naturally in impeccable condition. There is something appealing about owing an item with a history and life of its own.  Vintage Chanel however are rather challenging to find these days and then there are the buyer hurdles regarding questions of authenticity, a seller's integrity and the bags overall condition. It can be a bit of a mine field trying to navigate a vintage purchase. 

It just so happens I recently found out that Matches Fashion and Shopbop (and a few others) have started procuring and stocking select Chanel vintage bags and have already done all the difficult and time-consuming leg work.  Being an excitable little blogger I simply had to share the good news.

Now I realize that these bags are a substantial purchase for many women, but they really need to be thought of as investments, as classic watches are for men. These are not your fly by night, in and out of fashion bags that still require you to drop a significant amount of change to purchase (think in terms of the bags that still cost well into the thousands, but don't hold their value and are outdated by next season). Vintage Chanel are life-long items, dreams for some, collected by the fortunate few, and saved for, hard, by many other hopeful women.   




Top row (left to right):
Chanel Vintage small quilted 2.55 bag (available HERE)
Chanel Vintage quilted 2.55 leather bag (available HERE)
Chanel Vintage quilted large logo bag (available HERE)

Middle row (left to right):
Chanel Vintage quilted small logo bag (available HERE)
Chanel Vintage jumbo velvet 2.55 bag (available HERE)
Chanel Vintage classic quilted chain-handle bag (available HERE)

Bottom row (left to right):
Chanel Vintage sweeping chain-handle bag (available HERE)
Chanel Vintage caviar leather bag (available HERE)
Chanel Vintage oval quilted 2.55 bag (available HERE)





Top row (left to right):
Chanel Vintage mini flap bag (available HERE)
Chanel Vintage double stitch shoulder bag (available HERE)
Chanel Vintage quilted denim bag (available HERE)

Bottom row (left to right):
Chanel Vintage quilted satchel (available HERE)
Chanel Vintage black bucket bag (available HERE)


I was talking with a friend the other day about what ladies in the fashion world or the lucky few, hand down to their daughters and naturally, Chanel bags was mentioned. Some of you may not be thinking that far in advance. I mean personally I'm still dreaming of getting to carry one of these beauties myself, let alone the 'passing down' aspect of it.  Since I already have a daughter of my own (and being a tad bit sentimental), I do get caught up in the thought of how nice it would be for my daughter to carry and love an item that I once treasured.  Are any of you thinking I'm attempting to justify a purchase?  Well it's a pretty worthy justification or at least better than the last few I've managed to conjure up!






I've heard some ladies in the past express doubt on whether a vintage bag can be mixed in with modern fashion and hold its own, or if vintage is more of an age appropriate item.  Here are a few inspirational photographs of one of my style crushes, Taylor Tomasi to curtail any doubt you may have had.  I swear, Taylor never fails to deliver outfit magic. Seeing her carry her Chanel is definitely influencing a movement of a Chanel vintage bag from my 'wish list' to my 'must have' list.  It's dangerous times!

21 comments:

  1. Amazing bags! I love Chanel!:)

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  2. i agree...love it in red!

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    1. It's stunning isn't it. Such a rare colour and still classic so perfect.

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  3. Anonymous22.6.12

    oooohh chanel! Love the shown bags. Thank you for the pics.

    Do you know the name of the sunglasses she`s wearing?

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    1. Sorry I don't know what her sunglasses are. Karen Walker do very similar ones though :)

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    2. Anonymous22.6.12

      Thank you very much. I appreciate your help in kind of the sunglasses.

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  4. Lovely bags! I like to browse the vintage Chanel bag sales at reebonz - better priced than the ones on shopbop but they sell out so quickly as there is only a limited number!

    I was actually wearing one of my vintage Chanel bags today - it's 21 years old and I received it with barely a crease! In fact the only mark on it is one I put on there, oops! I'm a bit clumsy though! I think like you said they are true lifetime pieces and worth every penny - definitely highly recommended to save up for from me! I'd love to see you get one :)

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  5. these vintage chanel's look fabulous, i would be happy to get my hands on any chanel haha! and of course taylor tomasi looks fabulous with her chanel regardles.. she's got impeccable style!

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  6. hello Mandi..

    i'm making a quick message because like you - i love Chanel too :)
    and yes, this is one of the classic, sophisticated and well demand bags that you can just invest and pass it to generation... i'm sure Enya would love to have them one day :)

    I have my mini & 2,55 Chanel bags from Paris long time ago and I still keep it no matter what even my younger sisters asking me hehehehe

    Btw just a quick tip link for vintage lover like you:

    http://vintage-paris.com/

    That shop is amazing.. you have to see it in case you visit Paris but as of now you can enjoy and also can buy some vintage Chanel ( as well as vintage Hermes, Gucci & etc... ) bags there!!!! so don't fail to check it out!!! i'm sure you'll love the site :)

    take care and thanks for your email.. will reply soon :)
    wish you a lovely weekend dear!!!

    xoxo, Haus of Gala

    ps. sorry this comment turned out too long hehehe

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  7. I love everything vintage, what can I do, but I don't wear leather :/ but still, gorgeous bags

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  8. The one thing I love about Chanel bags is that a lot of their bags really are timeless and the vintage ones you've shown are just beautiful! Great post!

    xxTheresa

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  9. I think every woman should have at least one Chanel bag to complement her wardrobe. Can you tell that I am trying to justify you purchasing one? ;) no seriously, I really think a Chanel bag is an amazing addition to your fabulous wardrobe! xx Kayin

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  10. yes, i really want at least one in my life!

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  11. Taylor Tomasi Hill, the one and only, love your blog!!!!

    http://coudsmoidressing.canalblog.com/

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    1. Ha ha.. Yes Taylor is absolutely brilliant isn't she! Thanks so much for the lovely feedback. It's really appreciated x

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  12. I just want to cry when I think of all those Chanels I passed up in the earlier days. The only Chanel I own these days are my glasses and timeless clutch.

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    1. Looking back at all the passed up purchases and missed items now is difficult. I too wish I would have bought one years ago. At least you have the lovely clutch.

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  13. MUST HAVE! But honestly becoming really expansive..... There is the nylon bag, by the way, cute and with a fair prize.....

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  14. Brilliant post!!
    Been on my wishlist for such a long time!

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  15. ah yes Vintage Chanel, but for the price of a vintage you can get a new classic Chanel. They are getting really pricey but they are my favorite go to bags. Luckily I have a mom who had an obsession w them early on and I inherited her bags. My friend just returned from Paris and bought a Chanel Jumbo there and she saved quite a good amount of money. I hope you get your soon. xx

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    1. You are so lucky with inheriting them! Brilliant. That's it... I'm going to chat to my Mum about where my inheritance is (ha ha). Thanks for the tip re the Chanel Jumbo. Maybe it's good for me to save and get one in Paris. There's something nice about getting a major purchase on a trip too. xx

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