“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” ~Coco Chanel
I started working on this post at the beginning of the year right after I did my Coach post, which I need to put back, it is with the archives. It is strickly for fun and educational purposes. Enjoy!
Chanel– where do I start? There is something “Top Notch” about Chanel. She was Amazing! Her style was distinctly feminine, (minis the ciggy) As most know already,she was the one who pushed the envelope for ladies to wear mens pants, which generated the womens liberation. *G*
I then treated myself to a chanel lipstick a year later. And I would never wear red lipstick nowadays! So not me!
~Then I splurged and bought myself a pair of Chanel Sandals…and then a Chanel tee. Nowadays, I would never dream of spending 400 dollars for a pair of sandals and a top.Yikes! I guess my priorities have changed, but I do still notice these things while out and about. :o)~
That said, I still find myself drawn to her signiture quilted leather handbags and the hot 2010 winter clogs!! Not that I need a 6″ inch heel, I am already too tall! But they sure look pretty, huh?
I come across many knock off quilted bags at thrift stores, and yard sales. They are just about everywhere, if your looking. The knockoff knee high boots are also on the rise like never before. White patent leather with the double black C’s up at the top.
6. If you find a Chanel bag that costs less than 1/4 of the retail price, it it more than likely a fake.Designer handbags will have perfect sewing/stitches and patterns, if anything is out of place or a little not centered, it’s most likely a fake.Chanel stiches are all done by hand not machine, hardware should be shiny and not brassy. CHANEL handbag has embossed serial numbers (like Coach)
7. If you didn’t buy your bag at a Chanel boutique, or at Neiman Marcus or Saks,. then there is no guarentee that it is real.
8.Chanel Cambon Black bags come in either black on black, black on white, or black on pink there is NO black bag with beige Double C’s – Chanel bags are made in ITALY not France, or the USA.
9.Check the serial number- The serial number will have seven numbers if it was made in the 80s and 8 numbers if it was made in the 90s. In older handbags and accessories there is a white sticker with gold circle CCs all over it. The black 7-digit serial number is black and is in the middle of the sticker. See photo below.
10.The hardware-chains, pulls, eyelets-will always match each other. If the chain strap is silver, so will the rest of the hardware. If it is gold, the pulls and eyelets will be gold too.
The metallic logo stamp will also match the hardware. You will find a stamp indicating where it was made on the opposite side of the bag either in block letters or in an oval.
Chanel bags cost over 2 grand each, with the most expensive one running $261.000 dollars. Yes! You read that right. What would you get for the price of a house, you may ask.
Only thirteen of these pricey Chanel bags were created. The alligator-skin bags feature clasps set with 334 diamond (3.56 carats) in the shape of Chanel’s trademark double-C logo. Eighteen-karat white gold was used to fashion both the clasp and the bag’s long shoulder straps. WOW!!!
And there ya have it! Remember, this was just for fun! No Haters/judgement!