Aside from the makeup, I did buy two items that were on my wishlist for while. You can't resent me, it was my self birthday gift (I like this concept of treating yourself...) so I went to Chanel & Louis Vuitton to pick up a bag and small leather good.
Chanel Medium Double Flap Bag - Black Lambskin Leather & Gold Hardware
I went for the Medium/Large, with the CC lock, in black lambskin with gold hardware. Iconic? That could be the other name of this bag. I can't say I am a fan of Chanel, the brand. But I deeply admire the founder, Gabrielle Chanel. My mother was in the fashion industry and was inspired by Chanel. Naturally, I grew up with a fascination for this extraordinary woman. Buying this bag for me is not about status symbol or fashion duty, it is like having a piece of history, a piece of Mademoiselle Chanel herself.
I decided to purchase mine at the Rue Cambon store for 3 reasons :
- It is the original store and the bag was actually made in the atelier in it
-Unlike other stores, the packaging comes in white (other boxes and bags comes in blag), which is a special edition
-You get a higher Tax Free discount (13%), which is 1% more, but at this price point, it does make a difference...
I went for the medium/large, with the CC lock, in black lambskin with gold hardware.
I chose the CC over the Mademoiselle lock (which is the the original/reissue model) because it fits my aesthetic and style better. I also think the reissue is more edgy. I also really like gold hardware and I thought the gold on the reissue model was not that nice. The gold hardware over the black makes it more formal than the silver, which is a bit more casual. Black is a bit classic but it is still very versatile. I just love black when it comes to Fashion.
I know the most coveted size is the Jumbo, but I have to admit that I really did not like it. I tried it and it was just wrong on my petite size (159 / 5'2). I also thought it was too big, almost vulgar (no offense to anyone who owns a Jumbo), like in your face. Many people pick the Jumbo for its size because it allows them to run errands or use it almost as a tote. To me this does not make any sense because this is a not a bag meant for such use. I'd rather use a real tote that is actually meant to carry a lot. The medium size also closer to the size of the original Chanel bag.
Something that also proves that it is not really a daily bag is that the leather, whether it is caviar or lambskin, should be protected from the rain (if you did not know that, be careful!) and highly taken care of in general.
Picking the lambskin leather was a risky choice because it is indeed fragile and more prone to scratches than the caviar. But it was just love at first sight. I saw both and my heart went straight to the lambskin. It is so smooth, buttery and luxurious : true symbol of Chanel and French craftsmanship. Again, this is not a bag I am planning to use on a daily basis, so having a fragile leather does not bother me. For the price point, I think the lambskin truly gives you a taste of French luxury and savoir-faire.
This bag is to me a real work of art but also a little piece of French Fashion history.
Louis Vuitton 4 Clés Key Holder - Ebene Canvas
Do you need a luxury key holder? Well, if you have any luxury handbag, you do!
This is actually a good investment because it will protect any of your bag from key scratches. I chose the Louis Vuitton 4 clés key holder in Ebene canvas. The model also exists for 6 keys and in a variety of materials and models. This one is very slim and compact, which I also like because I can also use it with my clutches when I go out.
It is made of one single piece of canvas and close with a small golden press button, with Louis Vuitton engraved. I also chose to have mine hot stamped because well... I can :)
Their coated canvas - the signature fabric of Louis Vuitton - is actually one of the most durable material you can get. Not only it is prone to scratches but it will also last you a lifetime! I highly recommend this item, because unlike some other SLG, it is a piece that is actually worth the investment.