Chanel Bag Broke

The broken $5000 Chanel Bag

One of the reasons I can justify (somewhat justify; it’s still an exorbitant amount of money) spending a lot of money on a designer bag is by reminding myself of the quality of the materials and craftsmanship that goes into making the bag. To this day, when I take my Hermès Birkinout of the box, I immediately smell the delicious leather; my Birkin may be 6 years old but it smells brand new.

A year and a half ago, for my birthday, Vlad planned the most amazing day and took me to Chanel to pick a bag I wanted. I left the Chanel boutique with a Reissue 227 and still remember feeling shocked by the $5,000 price tag. However, Vlad and I both decided it was a great purchase — it was a bag I had been lusting after for a long time, and I was absolutely thrilled to have it.

I’ve had no issues with this bag up until last week. The team went out for drinks after work and I was carrying my Chanel Reissue that day. Everything was going great, we had a beautiful view of the NYC skyline, cold drinks in our hands on a hot summer day and good company. I specifically remember going to open my bag to get my lipgloss out. Typically I open my bag without looking down (I know my way around my bags), but something caught my eye. Something funny was happening.

I looked down and stared at the back panel of the closure dangling down from the flap of the bag, swaying back and forth. I didn’t panic because I was stumped — what exactly was going on? I picked my bag up and realized one of the screws that holds the backing in place fell out, and the metal panel was dangling from my bag.

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Our assistant editor, Katherine, looked like she was going to cry for me. But I just stared at it, and then I showed Amanda, Bea, Shannon and Vlad. The first thing Vlad said to me was, “You need to write about this.”

I agreed, because of course I need to write about it. The fact is, a very expensive bag that I purchased not all that long ago had a part fall off. In the grand scheme of things, this is a best case scenario when it comes to having your bag break. Getting a new screw and putting it in should be an easy fix.

But the bigger problem is that this even happened in the first place.

If you remember, I shared how carefully I store my bags not long ago. My Chanel bag isn’t one of my most frequently used bags, and after each use, I put it away – first stuffing it with the paper that it originally came with, then tucked into its sleeper bag.

I’ve been too busy to go to the Chanel boutique to have the bag fixed, but when this first happened the PurseBlog team and I lamented over the idea of the what many major brands do when your bag breaks; they take it to fix it and have it for far too long.

Of course Vlad and I could go to a store to buy the right size screw and screw it into the bag, but that isn’t what I want to do. Each and every tiny bit of this bag made up the cost, and I’d love to have Chanel fix it. But more so, I’d like for things like this not to happen to my bags.

I understand any bit of wear can lead to problems, and as I said previously, this isn’t the biggest problem; there are far worse things that happen to bags. But nevertheless, when I pay a great amount for a bag, I do expect a certain type of quality.

I’ll keep you posted on what happens next.

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You’ve Never Seen Such A Horrible Fake Givenchy Bag!

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I know that it can get frustrating to find a good replica site that has a good return policy, great customer support and amazing handbags. And I also that that during this entire process, you can get scammed or, like in today’s review, you can receive awful handbags.

fallinfashions.com review

fallinfashions.com review

Even though it’s hard, you should try to see the bright side. All these bad experiences will help you become better in spotting a bad replica handbag, no matter the brand. But let’s start with the first step, and that is choosing the right site.

I don’t usually start with a review with a conclusion but this is a special case. Fallinfashions.com is a terrible site, at least for a fake Givenchy bag like the famous Antigona. And here is the review that stands behind my statement.

“My dear Eva,

This is the first time I write on your blog or send an email. I found your site a few weeks ago but it was too late, I already ordered a Givenchy Antigona from Fallinfashions.com. I had no idea what to expect from them because it was my first time ordering from them. I have a few authentic handbags and a few replicas but I don’t own a Givenchy bag.

Givenchy Antigona Replica Handbag Front View

Givenchy Antigona Replica Handbag Front View

Givenchy Antigona Replica Handbag Back View

Givenchy Antigona Replica Handbag Back View

Givenchy Antigona Replica Handbag Logo And Handles

Givenchy Antigona Replica Handbag Logo And Handles

Givenchy Antigona Replica Handbag Inside View

Givenchy Antigona Replica Handbag Inside View

I know now that I was naive to believe the photos from their site are real and that what I see is what I get! Now I’m trying to return the bag and hopefully everything turns out well. I’ll tell you and your readers if they respect their return policy but so far, they’ve been nice.
I really value your blog and I want to thank you for doing such an awesome work.

My dear, you are right! This must be the worst fake Givenchy bag I’ve seen in a while. It doesn’t even look like it’s make of leather. The brown color is awful, the stitching on the handle is broke and I can go on and on. I had no idea that Fallinfashions.com is such a bad site for Givenchy fake handbags. It’s a really good thing that you decided to return the bag.

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Win a Limited Edition Luxury Bag from PurseBlog and Portero!

Chanel Handbag Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of its brand new site, Portero, the Internet’s leading source for pre-owned designers handbags and luxury goods, wants to reward the Internet’s most ardent bag lovers – our readers!

From now through Wednesday, June 25, you can register for a chance to win the tweedy, jewel-encrusted Chanel Flap Bag you see above, which is a limited edition piece that will never again be available from the brand. 

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Know How To Spot Gucci Replica Handbags, Any Day

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Gucci has an amazing website! If you want to know how to spot Gucci replica handbags, use it! Don’t forget to take a few minutes to research a bag before you buy a replica.

Fake Gucci Handbag

Fake Gucci Handbag

Go to the official Gucci site but also go to the blogs, read a few reviews, make sure you know the bag’s features and you’ll be the best expert.

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Gucci is unique. Not only do they use materials rarely used by others (ostrich, horse skin, rabbit fur, bamboo to name a few) but they have an entire history of patterns, details, trinkets and logos (the GG, the horse bit, the Guccissima leather, the web detail) that have meaning within the Gucci world and come often paired with other features. You got to know your stuff girls!

Every Gucci Bag Has It’s Variations

The first thing to know is that, more so than other designers, Gucci does the same bag style in multiple different materials regularly. Another important thing to keep in mind is that they often name their bags by the canvas used. So if you’re used to seeing the Gucci Charlotte in GG canvas for instance don’t automatically assume you’re looking at a fake just because you see one in black leather.

The Gucci site is great for this, since they break down each bag style into its variations and list the materials for each one. You can also plug the name of the bag and the material you’re interested in (Gucci Boston Metallic for example) into a Google search, and if it’s been made, it will totally have come up in the blogs somewhere.

Kate Moss With Gucci Union Jack Boston bag

Kate Moss With Gucci Union Jack Boston bag

Remember: you can’t necessarily assume that a certain Gucci bag doesn’t exist because it’s not up on their site though. They highlight mostly new styles (their current spring/summer, fall/winter) and the classics. If you really need to know (and by all means you should make sure before you buy a replica of a bag that might not exist) there is one surefire way: Post your question on a few blogs.

Post it here if you like, I or any Gucci expert would totally be able to tell you if, the Gucci Hobo in ostrich skin exists…and don’t laugh, it does!

How to Spot a Gucci Replica by Material

What they often do at Gucci is take a broad category of bags like: Large tote, Hobo, Boston, Top Handle and then produce it in a variety of motifs. The combination then becomes the name, more often than not. This is why you’ll come across a bag called The Gucci Medium Tote in Black Guccissima Leather. Not exactly catchy, but very clear…and, what? Are you going to tell Gucci they’re doing something wrong?

Gucci motifs are either special limited editions (like Kate Moss’s bag above) or standard patterns that they use for all different bag designs. What this means is that if you want to know how to spot Gucci replica handbags, it’s all the more important to know the features of each common Gucci pattern.

Gucci Design Features

GG Canvas

The GG (the initials of company founder Guccio Gucci) is Gucci’s monogram. It is the most recognizable Gucci icon, and you can find pretty much any of their bags in this style. The most common is a sand/ebony color combination.

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Fake Gucci Sukey Sand Ebony Gucci Canvas

Fake Gucci Sukey Sand Ebony Gucci Canvas

Most of us are used to seeing it in the soft Gucci fabric, but beware! Many of the new bags feature a glossy Crystal version that’s stiffer, and shinier.Buy-Now

Fake Gucci Boston Bag Crystal Canvas

Fake Gucci Boston Bag Crystal Canvas

This is essentially Gucci’s leather monogram. Guccissima bags are embossed with the same GG pattern as the canvas to make a textured, and very supple leather. Spot a fake by a stiff leather, a print rather than embossed leather or an imperfect GG.

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Fake Gucci Sukey Guccissima Leather Tote

Fake Gucci Sukey Guccissima Leather Tote


Super common and often in different color schemes, but most commonly in turquoise, black, white (and always in 3 colors). The horse bit is a nod to Gucci’s equestrian beginnings. The soft, shiny material of the interior fabric will be covered in a web of 2 toned horsebits. But keep in mind that this is not a rule, especially with new released models.

Fake Gucci Horsebit Pattern Lining

Fake Gucci Horsebit Pattern Lining

The most recognizable Gucci “equestrian” feature. The web is a tri-colored strip usually placed at the center of the bag. The most common coloring is green/red/green. Sometimes it will have a golden GG in the center, or a horsebit over top of it. The coloring and rough, canvas texture have to be exact! The Web detail is most commonly used on GG canvas styles, but sometimes you can see it on leather bags too. I love the Gucci Vintage Web Boston bag, it’s one of my favorite purse; if you like it too, you can find it on our site 

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Fake Gucci Vintage Web Detail Boston Bag

Fake Gucci Vintage Web Detail Boston Bag

A horse bit is a metal bar attached to the reigns that goes in a horse’s mouth. To see one crisscrossed over a Gucci bag (like most Boston bags for instance) is a very common feature. This is Gucci’s most direct reference to equestrian style.

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Fake Gucci Emily Horsebit Detail

Fake Gucci Emily Horsebit Detail

Gucci famously used bamboo for handbag handles, first during the leather shortage in WW2 and ever since. They also use it on tassels, drawstrings, and zipper tags. Bamboo has a very particular texture, so look closely.

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Fake Gucci Bamboo Shopper Tote

Fake Gucci Bamboo Shopper Tote

So, the key on how to spot Gucci replica handbags is to know the brand, because this Italian fashion brand is the king of imitating itself, and including nods to its own history in each of its new designs.

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The Bags of Chanel Couture Fall 2014

Chanel Couture Fall 2014

We rarely cover haute couture on PurseBlog because couturiers rarely release bags along with their handmade, custom-fitted clothing. The couture shows are magical to behold nonetheless, with design houses meticulously showing the best of their crafts in museum-quality pieces. While major houses including ValentinoChristian Dior, and Atelier Versace send couture down the runway sans bags, leave it to Chanel to design bags for its Chanel Couture Fall 2014collection.

These aren’t the types of bags you expect from Chanel; you won’t find any interlocking Cs or quilted leather. Each couture look had a bag specially designed to coordinate with it, and after the show, Karl Lagerfeld revealed another fun fact: while couture refers to cutting and seaming, Karl Lagerfeld said this collection was haute couture without the “couture” – each piece was molded rather than seamed.

And if these bags don’t strike your fancy, be sure to check out the bags that the celebrities and attendees carried to the shows, which are a delight.

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Chanel Unveils Bag-Filled Fall 2014 Ad Campaign

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If you were expecting Chanel’s Fall 2014 collection to be posed in a Target near you for the brand’s fall ads just because of the supermarket runway show, you were wrong. Karl Lagerfeld has gone in a workout direction for Chanel’s seasonal ads, choosing to focus on the sporty side of the collection (including tons of sneakers) instead of the grocery-themed details. With that in mind, the ads feature brand favorite Cara Delevingne and Binx Walton, a boxing gym and approximately one zillion of Chanel’s pre-fall and fall handbags.

In the ads, Delevingne and Walton perform athletic activities including sprints and push-ups, the later using a handbag as a training weight. They do all of it in immaculate Chanel tweeds, of course, and in sneakers that cost more than the rent on my college apartment. 

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