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The Classic Chanel Handbag Reference Guide!

From the timeless Chanel 2.55 flap all the way to the modern day Lego clutch, Coco’s famous fashion house has certainly not let us handbag buyers (and lovers) without choice. In fact it can be almost overwhelming to pick a single Chanel handbag, as I have personally always been left wanting 2 or 3 at the same time (I am sure others have been in the same boat as me). I believe in order to help narrow down your selections it truly helps to have a basic sense about the story behind each specific design’s style and function. In this post I will outline some basic descriptions of each type of Chanel handbag and highlight what to look for when shopping for one online (whether it be replica, new, or used). This post will be updated as new information is gained! 🙂

The Classic Chanel’s:

2.55 Flap Bag: This is one of the most well-known Chanel designs and oozes the simple elegance Coco’s brand is known for! It comes in 5 different sizes (Mini, Small, Medium, Jumbo, and Maxi) leaving you as a buyer in a position to truly think about how big you want it to be. They include:

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The 2.55 truly is a timeless classic and perhaps one of the original hallmarks of Chanel.
TYPE:
Chanel Classic Flap Mini Bag –
 DIMENSIONS:
6.5” (L) x 5.5” (H) x 2.5” (W)
 PRICE:
– Retail: $2,400.00 (USD)
Chanel Classic Flap Small Bag- 9.55” (L) x 5.5” (H) x 2” (W)     – Retail: $4,200.00 (USD)
Chanel Classic Flap Medium Bag 10” (L) x 6” (H) x 2.5” (W)     – Retail: $4,400.00 (USD)
Chanel Classic Flap Jumbo Bag 12” (L) x 8” (H) x 3” (W)     – Retail: $4,900.00 (USD)
Chanel Classic Flap Maxi Bag 13” (L) x 9” (H) x 4” (W)     – Retail: $5,300.00 (USD)

One thing to keep in mind when searching for a Chanel replica is to make sure the measurements of the handbag you are eying are indeed the same as the authentic! There is nothing that screams “fake” more than an inappropriately sized Chanel yet so many replica handbag shoppers seem to fail to notice this point. So please ladies and gents make sure to pay attention to dimensions, regardless of the brand you are shopping for! Also be realistic about the use you will get out of the size you are looking to purchase. Not every girl needs a Maxi, while at the same time not every girl can fit all they need into a Mini.

Boy Flap Bag: Boy, oh boy is there much to say about this handbag! I love the tomboy-ish feel it gives to any girl carrying it while still maintaining the chicness of Chanel. One important thing to remember is that this bag features a unique front clasp closure either in a giant CC or push lock button and thick chain link strap.

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I don’t know about you, but I love this color of the Boy handbag. Truly a must have!

Type

Price

Size and Measurements

Chanel Single Color Small Boy Flap Bag Price: $2,600.00 (USD) Dimensions: 7.9” x 4.7” x 2.8”
Chanel Single Color Medium Boy Flap Bag Price: $2,900.00 (USD) Dimensions: 9.8” x 5.5” x 2.8”
Chanel Two Tone Medium Boy Flap Bag Price: $3,200.00 (USD) Dimensions: 9.8” x 5.5” x 2.8”
Chanel Small Quilted Boy Flap Bag Price: $3,700.00 (USD) Dimensions: 7.9” x 4.7” x 2.8”
Chanel Medium Quilted Boy Flap Bag Price: $3,900.00 (USD) Dimensions: 9.8” x 5.5” x 2.8”
Chanel Large Quilted Boy Flap Bag Price: $4,500.00 (USD) Dimensions: 12” x 8.3” x 3.5”
Chanel Quilted Boy Satchel Tote Bag Price: $5,100.00 (USD) Dimensions: 13.4” x 8.3” x 6.3”

The most important thing to remember when replica shopping for a Chanel Boy flap handbag is to not choose a color which is not part of the official collection. As well all know the replica manufacturers like to put their own spin on things sometimes which includes producing handbags in colors which were never a part of the authentic designer’s collection. Colors which belong to the official collection include: flat red, deep black, intense grey, lead green, and clean ivory in glazed calfskin, yellow, black and white, grey and black. If you go outside of these colors the chance of your handbag being spotted as a fake increases tenfold – if not twenty. So please ladies and gents pay attention to these details especially since Chanel replicas can be some of the most expensive a person can invest in!

Chanel Grand Shopping Tote: This tote is a signature look of Chanels and no girl (or guy) can go wrong carrying this handbag as it compliments and is truly a stand out piece that every true Chanel lover needs to own. The handles of this handbag have double chains and there is the classic CC logo sewn onto the handbag. Black is the most popular and prominent color this handbag is featured in however it has been produced in other colors as well.

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I am in love with this handbag as I write about it and am planning on purchasing one a.s.a.p!

The are several types of leather grains and styles which are used to create this style as well including caviar, lambskin, patent, and even some metallics! The current retail price of a Chanel Grand Shopping Tote is around $2,900 at a Chanel boutique however a replica will cost you much less depending on the quality/accuracy of the one you are planning to purchase.

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Authenic vs Replica Louis Vuitton Purchasing Guide

Hello guys! 

I just wanted to give you guys a few quick tips about buying replica handbags from the LV brand … possibly one of the most coveted brands! So I spoke with an insider in the replica industry after looking hard for the inside info to see what exactly goes on in the minds of these factories producing these handbags. It was very much an investigative search for answers for my fellow shoppers and I … Anyways here are several key facts I have learned about the LV replica handbag industry.

1. MYTH: There are no 1:1 LV replica handbags.


Folks I have some good news. The myth that there are no factories which currently produce 1:1 LV handbags is false . This is the idea that every fake or replica Louis Vuitton purse you purchase will be off in some way or another. Sometimes you may get lucky and purchase a purse which is very close to the real thing but it is often said that is nothing more than luck! Well I used to believe this myth but now after shopping for replica LV’s for many years I know it is false!

So basically when you are shopping for LV handbags just make sure to keep in mind you will never get one which is EXACTLY like the authentic unless you go for what they call the “counter” quality standard. These are not your usuall $200 replicas but are usually in the range of $350; I think they are worth it though since they get the smaller details that really irritate perfectionists (like myself) right! So if any store or seller states their handbag is a 100% mirror quality or whatever the new phrase is, make sure it is a “counter” quality standard darlings. 

authentic vs replica louis vuitton totally fake vs real lv1Now the one on the right is a very good replica compared to the authentic on the left! Unfortunately not all LV replicas are as good. You can read more about my comparison on the fake vs real bag by clicking here

2. Replica LV’s can oxidize!

One of the biggest problems with buying a replica LV is that the handles or straps of the handbag are so light and often do not darken like the authentics. This can clearly indicate a fake handbag to the trained eye but many manufacturers now have perfected a method which allows them to create handbags which do oxidize!

So whether you are buying real or fake, make sure to pay attention to the straps! They are very important and could be a big give away!

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This is my replica Totally MM in Monogram Canvas and as you can see the handles have oxidized quite nicely so far (I’ve had the bag for over a year but only really used it for a few months). The more exposure = the more chance for oxidization.


3. Threading, threading, threading!


Pay attention to this one guys, as many handbags have horrible, horrible, horrible threading!!
Real Louis Vuitton will come with clean and consistent stitches. Yellow thread is used in real Louis Vuitton products. Counterfeit Louis Vuitton stitching is often uneven, crooked or insecure at the ends. I find this often to be the easiest way to identify a fake and a big give away! 

Overall purchasing a replica LV handbag is a stringent process as you must pay attention to key details to make sure it pulls off the look of the original.


Let me know your thoughts. Comment below and email me at thepursequeen@hotmail.com.


Also feel free to email pics of your LV, whether it be authentic or replica, good or bad! 

-Angie

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