The Women’s Chanel Purses and Wallets Buying Guide
Chanel purses and wallets are iconic and loved by fashion fans around the world. The prestigious CC logo is instantly recognized anywhere you go. Notoriously hard to source, there are some styles that can only be found as preloved items from reputable reseller websites. Featuring the classic soft lambskin, durable caviar leather or quilted patent leather, Chanel purses are a true match for the coveted handbags from this celebrated fashion house. Collections include the Classic Flap range, the Boy range, the Gabrielle range and more. Ahead, take a look at our Chanel purses and wallets buying guide, which will help you narrow down the styles that work best for you and show you how to care for them.
The Most Wanted Chanel Purses and Wallets
Chanel Classic Purses and Wallets
Also known as Chanel Timeless, this collection of purses accompanies the most iconic accessory in fashion history: a luxury handbag that dates back to the 1920s, when it was called the Chanel 2.55. Chanel Classic purses and wallets are available in luxury lambskin or modern caviar leather for durability.
Chanel Boy Wallets
The Chanel Boy Wallet collection is simple, rectangular and modern, with a structured design and single flap. Featuring an updated CC logo on heavy-duty hardware, this range of purses and bags has a unique androgynous charm that pairs well with modern attire.
The Chanel WOC (Wallet on Chain) is a firm favorite with fashion fans who love to collect different pieces from the fashion house. The WOC is the perfect hybrid of a money purse and shoulder bag, making it a more accessible style statement compared to the Classic Flap bags or Boy bags.
How to Care for Chanel Leather Purses
Chanel leather usually comes in soft lambskin, textured caviar or shiny patent. There are also other varieties, including crinkled/aged calfskin, metallic and exotic leathers such as alligator or python. All Chanel leather purses and wallets will require special care to maintain the life of the item. Lambskin leather is particularly sensitive and should be worn with care and stored according to instructions.
- Care Advice
• Be careful when cleaning your leather and don’t use water (particularly lambskin as it can darken the leather).
• Instead, use a soft cloth and rub in a circular motion to remove any marks.
• Avoid contact with sunlight, chemicals and water when using.
• Preserve the elegant lines of your purse by not over-filling it.
• Keep your purses away from jewelry (particularly lambskin as it scratches easily).
• Avoid prolonged contact and repeated friction with delicate fabrics such as wool, silk and tweed if you have a jeweled purse.
• Always store in the dustbag and box provided in a cool, dry place.
- Where can I buy Chanel purses?
Brand new Chanel handbags and purses are only available from Chanel boutiques. However, preloved Chanel bags are available through various sites and reseller platforms, including the ones featured on Lyst.
- What can you fit in the Chanel WOC?
The Chanel Wallet on Chain is a more affordable investment than the Chanel Classic Flap bag or Chanel Boy Bag, but it is much smaller. It measures 12.3 x 19.2 x 3.5cm and features multiple card slots. It is primarily designed to forgo a wallet while being worn like a crossbody or shoulder bag. However, it is possible to fit other items in there, including slim mobile phones or small cosmetic items.
- How do you know if a Chanel purse is real?
Chanel purses, wallets and other small leather goods come with a serial number and authenticity card. These can be used to determine whether your item is real. To make sure you do not buy counterfeit Chanel, only buy preloved items from reputable resellers who act as the middle man and provide an authentication service.