CHANEL. An industry renowned name which is universally acknowledged for its unique, classic image, incredible design and flawless build quality. Even those who are not fans of fashion in general will always acknowledge the importance and precedence this brand carries within the fashion sphere. The brand specialises in haute couture and ready-to-wear clothing, luxury goods and fashion accessories with handbags featuring prominently.
When thinking of Chanel your mind may be whisked to Paris, or a specific Chanel scent which you personally love may take you back to a time you remember fondly. The ever iconic Chanel Classic handbag or a little black Chanel dress may spring into your thoughts too. Whatever you think when you hear Chanel…It is more than likely to be timelessly beautiful.
On a business level, Chanel is a French privately held company owned by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, grandsons of Pierre Wertheimer, who was an early business partner of the couturier Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. In her youth, Gabrielle Chanel gained the nickname Coco from her time as a chanteuse.
A classic, refined Chanel look. Image: Pinterest
The clothing produced by the House of Chanel features quilted fabric and leather trimmings prominently; the quilted construction reinforces the fabric, the design and the finish, producing a garment that maintains its form and function while being worn.
An example of such haute couture techniques is the woollen Chanel suit — a knee-length skirt and a cardigan-style jacket, trimmed and decorated with black embroidery and gold-coloured buttons. The complementary accessories are two-tone Chanel pumps shoes and the iconic CC logo jewellery, usually a necklace of pearls, and a leather Chanel handbag.
Handbag Clinic regularly sell quilted Chanel Classic handbags like this beautiful example
Coco Chanel worked until her death in 1971 at the age of 88, spending her last moments in the style she had become accustomed to- at her lavish private apartment in The Ritz.
Since then designers have come and gone. No one has quite made an impact like Karl Lagerfeld. He has been chief designer of Chanel's fashion house since 1982. His ability to continuously excavate the Chanel archive for inspiration testifies to the importance of Coco Chanel's contribution to the world of fashion. To this day he continues to create timeless elegant pieces, which are always in keeping in some form or other with the brands classic heritage.
Few fashion houses invoke awe and wonder quite like Chanel. Enshrined in a protective halo of magic and secrecy, it has weathered world wars, financial crises and the vagaries of fashion to achieve a uniquely untouchable sartorial status. It takes four to five years of training before an employee can master each of the stations, from cutting to quality control, and some of the staff have worked at Chanel for 25 years.
An array of Classic Chanel handbags available at our retail locations
The Chanel Diamond Forever Classic is an example of a seriously beautiful piece of Chanel history. With only 13 available worldwide, this handbag takes its place as one of the most expensive luxury handbags in the world, and rightfully so.
The Chanel Diamond Forever Classic Bag is adorned with 3.56 carats made up of 334 diamonds, 18 carats with white gold hardware, and white alligator skin. The price tag on this number is a staggering £200,000 (approx.). Yes, the price is sky high, but these bags are masterpieces, works of art. With such limited numbers, it’s an investment if nothing else- although you might be a little reluctant to use it as your everyday beaten bag!
Chanel Diamond Forever Handbag. Image: toplista.it
So why buy Chanel?
There is something for every individual style and budget. From understated pieces to the attention-grabbing and extravagant, Chanel caters for all fashion tastes. All occasions and events are covered. Evening bags, pouches, tote bags to suit cases.
A Chanel handbag is an investment. The 2.55, also known as the Chanel Classic flap bag is the top piece for keeping its value. With retail prices increasing up to 25% a year, grabbing your own piece of Classic Chanel is a smart move.
Chanel pieces age well, the materials are such high quality that they are designed to last a lifetime and they grow old gracefully. They only get better with age in my opinion.
Inspiration not imitation; Chanel has inspired many designers both high end and high street. Classic Chanel styles are often imitated by other brands or even copied producing counterfeit items. Chanel among many other designer brands are becoming regular victims on the counterfeit market, however with a trained eye and a close inspection you can always decipher the real deal from the imposter.
Chanel pieces not only look fabulous, but they are practical and wear well. It is rumoured that Coco Chanel used to use the zip style pocket on the inside of the Classic Chanel flap, to store love letters, whilst the extra back was designed to store extra cash.
Cherry Cumberland...a girl who loves Chanel
Newcastle Handbag Clinic Store Manager
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