I’ve always dreamed of owning a classic quilted Chanel flap bag – but with all the dramatic price increases, I felt that I had missed my window of affordability. There’s no way I’d feel comfortable buying this bag at today’s prices (around US$ 5K).
I was open to buying a vintage Chanel bag – I’d heard that older bags were made to a higher standard. But I didn’t know where to look – and buying online seemed very risky. At a recent blogger event, Krystin (from Suburban Faux Pas) mentioned that she had purchased her Chanel bag from a local reseller – a reputable expert who also sold online at Portero and Malleries.
All my boxes were ticked – I found a trusted source AND I could go in person to choose a bag! Visiting Luxe Touch was a bag-lover’s dream – here’s a peek at part of their boutique! There were multiples of each type of bag – with different price points depending on condition and whether it came with its original dustbag, box, etc.
I mentioned I was interested in a medium/large classic flap, and the owner put aside 3 bags for me to choose from. I picked this beauty – all in, I spent around US$1.7K. This cost less than my Chanel WOCs (I bought those new and in-store at Chanel) but my vintage bag is made of lambskin, while my WOCs are made of a more durable caviar leather. I’m VERY happy with my purchase – I love the gold hardware and the vintage “loved” look of my flap bag. Because it’s slightly distressed, I feel I can use it freely without worrying about keeping it perfect.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a vintage designer bag – I’d highly recommend buying from a trusted source – such as Malleries or Portero. The Purse Forum is a great place to ask for advice. And if you can find someone who is reputable AND local – even better – because you can check the condition of the bag before committing to buy. Finally, if you’re in the GTA – definitely get in touch with Luxe Touch – their bags are amazing and they are so honest, kind and sweet to work with!
P.S. If you own a lambskin Chanel bag – here’s a tip from the owner of Luxe Touch – use this sponge to keep your bag looking great.
DISCLAIMER: I purchased this bag myself and am in no way affiliated with Luxe Touch.