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to purchase (think in terms of the bags that still cost well into the thousands, but don't hold their value and are outdated by next season).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):
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!