First Look: Chanel Backpacks from the Cruise 2016/2017 Collection

Chanel’s Cruise 2016/2017 Collection features new backpacks in fun materials (featuring everything from crochet to sequins). Scroll down to see the collection below (the crochet with gold tone metal backpack is our fave at the moment):

1/8 Chanel Backpack

Materials: Canvas, Sequins & Ruthenium Metal

Price: $3577 USD via Chanel’s Website

2/8 Chanel Backpack

Materials: Canvas, Sequins & Ruthenium Metal

Price: $3710 USD via Chanel’s Website

3/8 Chanel Backpack

Materials: Canvas, Sequins & Ruthenium Metal

Price: $3577 USD via Chanel’s Website

4/8 Chanel Backpack

Materials: Tweed, Canvas & Ruthenium Metal

Price: $5822 USD via Chanel’s Website

5/8 Chanel Backpack


Materials: Calfskin & Ruthenium-Tone Metal

Price: TBA

6/8 Chanel Backpack

Materials: Crumpled Calfskin & Ruthenium Metal

Price: TBA

7/8 Chanel Backpack

Materials: Canvas Patchwork & Light Gold Metal

Price: $3156 via Chanel’s Website

8/8 Chanel Backpack

Materials: Crochet, Braid Gold-Tone Metal

Price: TBA

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10 Ways to Tell if Your Chanel Bag is Fake (Real vs. Fake Comparison)

They say “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” but we say “hell hath no fury like a woman who just found out her bag is fake”. Perhaps it’s a bit of an exaggeration but we all can imagine the gut wrenching feeling of purchasing your dream Chanel bag only to find out it is a knockoff. Read our 10 key tips below to help authenticate your Chanel bag below.

1. Look at the leather!

Chanel bags are famous for the quality of their leather. Whether it be buttery smooth lambskin or pebbled caviar leather, the quality should be top notch. The same goes for their bags made with fabrics like tweed. Basically if the quality of the leather or fabric seems off it may be possible your bag is fake, especially if you purchased it as a gently used or new bag.

2. Look at the stitch count!

If your bag is an authentic Chanel it should have more than 10 stitches per inch. This is considered a high stitch count, and anything below this usually indicates the bag is fake. Replica manufacturers do not usually put the same care into crafting the bag as their authentic counterparts do, and in the case of Chanel specifically a low stitch count makes the bag look “puffier”. So grab your bag and start counting the stitches!

3. Look at the chain strap!

If all else seems good, the chain strap is usually what can best be used to differentiate between real and fake. The stitching on an authentic Chanel bag should be seamlessly done. There should not be any pieces of leather that stick out or look disfigured. Once again replica manufacturers usually do not put in as much care into their bags, so the leather in straps are often sewn unevenly and they look messy.

4. Look at the quilting!

The quilted pattern on a Chanel bag should remain consistent on the front and back. If you notice your quilting is not cohesive or all over the place you may have a fake.

5. Look at the lining!

As we have mentioned previously in other authentication guides, the interior of the bag is where replicas really dip in quality. Authentic Chanel bags have a leather interior so make sure it does not feel plastic-y and also make sure the lining fits perfectly inside the bag without bulging. The lining should not be loose and easily detach from the bag if it is real.

6. Look at the stamping!

Always make sure that the color of the stamping on the interior (where it says CHANEL) matches that of the hardware. If they are mismatched you definitely have a fake bag on your hands.

7. Look at the structure of the bag!

Authentic Chanel handbags are manufactured to be sturdy and have the ability to stand up straight. Make sure your bag seems well structured. Remember after all that Chanel puts a lot of time and effort into making sure they make high quality pieces which will last for years on end.

8. Look at the serial number!

Every Chanel bag should come with an authentication card (it looks and feels like a credit card) that contains a serial number which should match that of the hologram sticker placed within the bag. You can check both the card and sticker to make sure the numbers match. If your authentication card is giving off a rainbow-ish glow this means it is 100% fake. Please be aware that not all fake authentication cards necessarily have this effect, as replica manufacturers are becoming better at what they do.

9. Look at the CC lock!

The CC lock is one of the easiest things to look at to help authenticate your bag. Remember that the right C should always overlap on top and the left C should always overlap on the bottom. If your bag does not have a CC lock that overlaps this way it is 100% fake. The hardware on authentic bags also tend to be flatter at the edges whereas the hardware on replicas tend to have rounded edges.

10. Look at the dust bag!

If you receive a black dustbag with your purse make sure that the Chanel logo is printed using the proper font on the front of the bag. The logo should be centred as well. If the font seems off then it is likely the bag is fake.

How Useful Was This Post? Review/Warning (Reader Email Submission)

Hello everyone!

I’ve been sharing a few email reviews throughout the past few days and I have a few more to add which have been shared by generous blog readers. This review was emailed to me by a reader name Rochelle. She shopped at  which seems to specialize in selling fake or replica Chanel handbags, and was not too happy with the experience. We all know buying Chanel replicas is about 10x more hard than buying your average replica since Chanel is very stern and keeps shutting down any replica sellers and that means there are many more scammers out there for this brand. Anyways here is the review I received:

Hi pursequeen I just found your blog and wanted to share an experience. I shopped with because even though I have a real flap bag already (in caviar) I wanted a lambskin and can’t really afford the real thing right now due to a tight budget. I stumbled upon and with all of the positivity on their  site I was encouraged to try them out but boy oh boy do I regret my stupidity now. The ordering process was ok, no complaints there. My problem was when the package arrived I was SO disappointed because the purse (classic flap jumbo) had a quilting pattern was very off making it extremely visibly fake! The bag looked nothing like what they advertise on their site and the flaws are very noticeable to the naked eye. The ‘CC’ on the inside of the bag was also wierdly done. Threading was coming loose and there was glue and a huge scratch on the inside. VERY POOR QUALITY for what I paid!!!! The leather of the bag just screamed fake and cheap! When I tried to rectify the situation since the website claims “90 day return policy”but I have not received a response in 1 month since submitting this request. Definitely not a great company. I tried to post a few negative reviews on their site and guess what — they have to be “approved” so I guarantee you they are only posting positive reviews which is why you only see the good on their site. My sister Natalie visited Mandy’s blog for Chanel and she bought one from the site they recommended which is 1 million times better than what I got from chanelpurses … they should really just change their name to Chanel garbage. Really wish I had listened to her advice and just bought from there.

I hope nobody else falls for their tricks as I feel scammed and I thought I was a smart shopper. I will send photos once I am home from work.

It seems as if Rochelle fell for the classic replica trick: seller’s showing a certain set of photos and then sending a poor product that looks totally different. Thanks for sending in the review Rochelle, and if anyone else has had any experiences (good or bad) purchasing from this site please share below with the rest of us!

UPDATE: I got another bad review through email at the end of last month (August 2018). For the sake of your own sanity please do not consider shopping with them! Here is the original email I received:

I sent CHANELPURSESRU a Western Union of $850 dollars (four) purses over five weeks ago, lots of emails about it being sent already, then a tracking number that did not exist. I feel pretty stupid and wish I had checked your site before buying.  Still have not received the purses and am pretty sure I never will.  The only reason I believed they were legitimate was they send me a copy of a DHS tracking invoice from June with a name on it and I tracked the person down and talked to her and she said she got her bag and loved it.  Did this company used to exist and now a scamer has taken over the website??  What else do you know about this website.  Is there any way for me to report them except to you?  Is there any way you could call me?

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