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Girl bought a bag

In the last quarter of 2017, I bought my first ‘high-end’ handbag. I feel embarrassed even writing the words ‘high-end’ or God forbid ‘luxury’. I admit that these are just fancy words to convey that the price is exorbitant and eye-watering. After about 2 years of looking and mulling over, I finally bit the bullet. I got a Chanel Double Flap. Nothing ground breaking. I will not bore you with the details of the actual bag. This is a bag which has been reviewed and re-reviewed all over the internet.

I only consulted one person (a blogger friend) in my decision making. She gave great advice and helped seal the deal. Thank you H!! There is nothing left to write about the actual bag and the brand. It has all been said before! So, I thought I will take a different route and talk about the bags that were serious contenders to the Chanel Double Flap.

Here are the bags that were in the race, along with the Chanel Double Flap, but did not make the cut:

  1. Louis Vuitton Twist PM: This bag holds quite a bit, comes in quite a few colors. I am really not a big fan of the brand or the coated canvas with the monogram prints. But I cannot help but admire the subtle-ness of Epi leather and its durability. I really liked the look of this bag and the cool twist lock. When I tried the actual bag in the store, I immediately knew this bag was not for me. The chain of this bag was the heaviest among all chain bags I ever tried!! It was a no go 😦 A very insightful friend also suggested that I nix this bag from the list if I was actually looking to buy a classic, long-term bag.LV Twist .jpg
  2. Celine Box Bag: Oh Celine! This decision was exceptionally hard. I love Phoebe Philo’s aesthetic and ethos. The Box Bag’s buckle was redesigned to look sleek and modern. The old horse carriage was replaced with a  minimal rectangular buckle. Phoebe Philo most definitely put Celine back on the fashion map. With her leaving, there have been quite a few odes to her and the time she spent heading Celine. Of course, I cannot like all Celine Bags. Some of the bags have very poor ergonomics. There have also been complaints about the lack of after sales support and services for Celine bags. But for me, the Box bag is an exception. I have admired it for so long now. The clean lines, the lack of logos, the simple minimalist hardware are to die for! Unfortunately, the bag looks frumpy on me. The medium size Celine Box bag looks really big and bulky on my person. My husband even joked –‘I would have never guessed that all you wanted was a Postman’s bag!’. I tried the smaller size. The fact that this bag may not fit a large smart phone or a proper pair of sunglasses (even without the case) was a deal breaker.  On the smaller size Box bag, the accordion style is an inconvenience rather than an asset. It hinders from using the space efficiently and looks too bulky with just a phone, and few things in it. But, doesn’t the small look so cute and adorable!?

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    Image Source: ExtraPetite.com

  3. Hermes Constance 18 cm: To be able to buy an Hermes as you first ‘big girl’ handbag would be a dream come true. To top it, if you could escape from the clutches of the Birkin vs Kelly debate (of course, naturally the Kelly wins for me), and take the high road with a Constance! Ah! A girl can always dream. In retrospect, I don’t think the Hermes Gods would ever bless me with a new bag, just because I marched myself to the store and asked to buy one. Also, buying a Constance in the store is not affordable for me. So, I was sure I would be going the second hand route. But, in the end I could never look past the giant H, that is unmistakable and ‘oh so obvious’.  Dear Hermes, can you please do us all a favor and re-interpret that buckle please? In retrospect, if the Celine Box Bag did not suit me, I don’t think the Hermes Constance would have – they are both very similar.Hermes Constance 18cm

So,  finally here we are…

Chanel Double Flap: Then we come to the most obvious and the most ‘common’ bag of all. In recent times, everything from the Chanel quilting to the chain to the double C logo has been criticized. You see, Chanel is no longer ‘high brow’ enough. It is not clever like a Loewe Puzzle bag or minimal like a Celine Box bag. It is too mainstream and frankly I resented this about it. To add to it, there are all the quality issues everyone has been talking about. But, every time I visited a Chanel store and tried this ‘oh-so-mainstream’ and ‘instantly recognizable’ bag, I couldn’t help but admire the beauty of its design. The Boy Bag, the GST, the gaint double CC brooches – I cannot see the beauty in any of them. But the classic double flap? It is beautiful in my eyes. I loved how well this bag sits on my shoulder, how easy to pair it felt! The other thought I couldn’t ignore? Even if I bought any of the 3 handbags I mentioned above, I would still want a Chanel Double Flap. This simple fact sealed the deal. They say some of the best decisions are made by process of elimination. And here we are! When you are going to throw away so much money, you better get something that makes your heart sing (and pray that it was not the internet influencing you).My Chanel Small

20 Comments Post a comment
  1. Excellent choice – you have superb taste my dear. Rest assured you will not regret it, and I see you chose the lambskin bag, that would also be my own choice. … ❤️

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    March 18, 2018
    • SA. #

      Thank you Lady Sarah! I love your sense of style and your nod of approval brings me joy!! ❤️❤️

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      March 19, 2018
  2. Funny how you mention the Loewe Puzzle bag and the Céline Box bag as both are my absolute dream bags. I doubt I will ever buy either one of them though, unless I win a lottery. But your Chanel bag! Such a good choice and probably a wiser investment than the aforementioned options. Just wondering, what made you choose the lambskin over the caviar?

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    March 18, 2018
    • I am very keen of the celine bag- under the radar in many circles and also a classic. But I’d still prefer the Chanel. The lambskin is soooooo much more luxurious than the caviar. You d nrecto see it both inperson to decide though.

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      March 18, 2018
      • SA. #

        Yes, the Celine Box is a very beautiful, understated bag. Maybe it was my height – I am short – the medium size stood out on my body. It just looked like I was ‘playing’ grown up with my mother’s bag.🙈

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        March 19, 2018
    • SA. #

      @Jessica, I decided to go for lambskin for a couple of reasons:
      1. This double flap is not my daily, work bag. It is a bag reserved for conferences, formal meetings, weekends and a special occasions. So, the ‘use’ on it is going to be less. I was comfortable in choosing Lambskin for this reason.
      2. When I looked at the Caviar and Lambskin in person, the Caviar just did not feel ‘luxurious’. Yes, it definitely looked sturdy. But Caviar doesn’t show color as beautifully as Lambskin does, in my opinion.
      3. Also, I have heard and seen on youtube that Lambskin is not as fragile as people make it out to be. After using it for a couple of months, I have to agree. Any minor scratches can be buffed out. 😊

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      March 19, 2018
      • pret a porter p #

        I agree that the Celine box does have that “playing in mom’s clothes” feel because of the 70s look to the bag. The mini/smaller version, does have a more modern/timesless look–atleast on the model above.

        And thank you! 🙂 i had fun meeting you too

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        March 19, 2018
      • SA. #

        Yes! The mini looks better. But it is so tiny, doesn’t fit much.. I wish there was a size in between the medium and the mini.

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        March 19, 2018
  3. Pret a Porter P #

    “Even if I bought any of the 3 handbags I mentioned above, I would still want a Chanel Double Flap. ” That’s how you it is “the one.”
    And in my defense, before anyone thinks I’m a bad influence, I did talk you out of Botox lol!!!!

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    March 19, 2018
    • SA. #

      Lol!! Meeting you was one of my high points of 2017. I truly mean it! Yes, i was totally overthinking my eyebrows drooping. Thank u for talking me out of botox 😂

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      March 19, 2018
  4. Xin #

    Yay for finding the right bag for yourself! I’ve thought about what I would get, hypothetically, if I were to do a similar search, but haven’t been able to identify something that would work for me. I don’t think I have as clear a sense of what I want, so I’d never be able to be as sure of my purchase. Maybe someday!

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    March 20, 2018
    • SA. #

      Thank you Xin! I am happy with my choice. I have to say, not being able to identify a horrendously expensive bag that is right for you is a good thing.. no? Money Saved!! 😊

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      March 20, 2018
      • I do hope you will find the time to post more now! Modeling shots, wardrobe posts, events!!! Love it all!

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        March 21, 2018
      • SA. #

        Thank you Lady Sarah! Yes! That is the plan 🙂

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        March 21, 2018
  5. lin #

    “Even if I bought any of the 3 handbags I mentioned above, I would still want a Chanel Double Flap. This simple fact sealed the deal.” >> agree that this is a great point to consider. I hope you enjoy the bag, I find it very classic – and the Coco Chanel story is so fascinating, it’s part of the magic.

    I was obsessed with buying a lady-like shoulder bag years ago, and was seriously tempted by the Celine Box too. But while it was very beautiful and felt quite luxurious, I found it very awkward to handle. In the end I bought a secondhand Chanel 2.55 re-issue, and this is how I saw myself carrying it – http://thepracticaldresser.tumblr.com/post/14794143135/spruced.

    I think the challenge when it comes to statement bags is how to make it look like your own. I felt incredibly self-conscious at first about carrying something super recognisable, and it took a while for me to realise that 50% of that was entirely in my head.

    I contemplated selling the Chanel last year when I quit my job, thinking that it would be a nice bit of cash for something I frankly, don’t use very much (it’s really heavy and not at all an “everyday” bag for my kind of life). In the end, I kept it, realising that with each passing year I found myself getting more comfortable with “owning” the look. It’s nice to buy something that you know you can “grow old” with and wear it in different ways as your style evolves.

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    March 21, 2018
    • SA. #

      Lin, you summed up everything I am feeling right now.. My current work situation may change very soon. So, I am constantly questioning the purchase. But I am slowly starting to just enjoy it and make peace. Also that picture is so simple and beautiful! Thank you for sharing it. That’s how one should be using one’s bag.

      I think the re-issue is infinitely cooler than the classic bag. It is just that my whole aesthetic, clothes, silhouettes and re-issue don’t go well. I would be stumped on how to pair it if I got the re-issue. About the Coco Chanel story, I think there is a lot of myth that gets sold to us by the house of Chanel. Neverthess, she was ahead of her time and I respect her as a designer for that!! 🙂

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      March 21, 2018
  6. Such a great comment!!! 🙏 thank you! I think it’s important to own one or two great things and get used to using them rather than keep chasing the latest trends

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    March 21, 2018
  7. Congratulations on your new bag!! It’s always so exciting to bring home one of their black boxes 😊 I recently got into CHANEL and have been obsessed as of late. Whatever makes your heart flutter is what you should go with, so definitely don’t worry about whether something is too mainstream or not. A very classic, timeless piece. Great choice 😊

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    March 25, 2018
  8. Helloooooo! We miss you…

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    May 16, 2018
    • SA. #

      Hello Dear Sarah!! I miss you too and I miss writing… It has been really hectic with my job and a few personal things. I think it will be June by the time I come up for air.. But, I promise to come back with good updates. ❤️

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      May 16, 2018

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