Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel


A girl should be two things: who and what she wants

To me, she is inspirational because she started off with nothing and now her brand, Chanel, has become internationally known and is highly coveted.

Gabrielle’s father decided to drop her and her sister off at an orphanage after their mother passed. When she was able to start working she spent some time as a cabaret singer and a seamstress. In 1907, she met Etienne Balsan who introduced her to what a luxurious lifestyle could be. “My life didn’t please me, so I created my life” she once said. A few years later with the help of her lover, Boy Chapel, she was able to open up her first hat shop. This later led to her couture, perfume, and makeup.

Being able to purchase her perfume and makeup is definitely desirable and makes one feel luxurious, but within the last year, I was able to make my next milestone. This was to be able to afford purchasing one her beautiful designer purses, the classic flap.

This was one of my dream investment pieces I was able to get my hands on after saving and waiting. This took many months of saving a portion of my income, research, and finally waiting after going into the store and putting my name on the waitlist.

The research consisted of the following:

  • Is it best to buy from the boutique or pre-loved?
    • Is it even worth taking the risk buying pre-loved?
  • Am I sure this is the style for me?
  • What leather is best? Caviar or Lambskin
  • What color hardware? Silver or Gold
  • What size? Mini, Medium, Jumbo, Maxi

These are just some of the questions I had and when the call finally came of the bag being ready at the store for me to pick up, I was still left unsure. Mostly, due to this purchase just being such a big one.

The bag I decided to purchase ended up being the black caviar classic flap with silver hardware in the jumbo size. So far I am loving it!

How was your experience purchasing a Chanel bag? Please let me know below in the comments as I would love to know!

Also, I would like to post a review of it once I get on with it, however, please let me know if this something you would like to hear about below in the comments.


Allison Leider

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