There’s perhaps no greater fashion-girl dream than owning a Chanel bag. But from the high price tag to the number of covetable options, the decision can be daunting enough to make even Choupette’s hairs stand on end. And as the French fashion house brings out new iterations of the classics, as well as exciting one-off pieces, it just makes us want to own one even more.
So to help navigate the luxury marketplace and all things Chanel, we asked Sarah Davis of Fashionphile, a luxury handbag marketplace, to lend us her expertise on purchasing the iconic bag. From how much you should expect your Chanel bag to appreciate to understanding how to spot a fake, we’ve got your ultimate guide to buying a Chanel bag.
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“If you want to be sure that your bag will continue to gain value over time, stick with the basics. Go with a classic black Chanel flap bag made in lambskin or caviar leather. The crazy thing is that Chanel continues to raise the retail price on these styles every year or two. So if you bought your jumbo flap in 2006, it cost you £1399. If you buy that same bag in 2015, it will cost you £4287! This means that if you bought your bag back in 2006 and decided to sell it today, you can potentially make up to £3000 more than what you paid for it. Truth be told, if you hold on to any Chanel bag long enough (10+ years), you’re going to have some real value locked into that bag.”
And if your budget can’t stretch to the bags? You can always invest in the gorgeous hardback Chanel books.
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A twist on the classic.
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