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My Very First Pre-owned Luxury Purchase

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I am going to tell you some words about my first purchase. Since my outlet center shopping visit, I thought of that beautiful Chanel bag every day. How could I buy such a fantastic bag?

Luckily, I realised  that one can find many websites that offer pre-owned luxury items, at a very good price. That's it. So, next day the treasure hunting began. I browsed many websites and finally I found a really beautiful bag.                                     

My choice was this vintage East West Chocolate Bar bag, which resembles the classic 2.55 east west flap bag. It is a 26 cm wide, rectangular shaped bag made of quilted pattern soft lambskin, and with a double CC turn style lock. It has 24 karat gold-plated hardware and leather-woven chain straps.

Chanel's first bags were made with chain straps, but during WWI when resources was scarce, she started to combine the chain with leather. There are several theories about the origin of the chain straps and it is said to be inspired by the key chains of the nuns in the orphanage where Coco was raised.

This is an ideal bag for evenings or even for daily use, as it can be worn either as a shoulder bag, or a clutch.

Chanel East West Chocolate Bar

The bag was made with a black leather interior. There is one big compartment with 2 small pockets, with a lipstick holder in the middle. Inside the bag, you can also see a golden "Chanel" stamping with a letter R in a circle at the end of the name.

Inside of Chanel bag

If you examine the back of the lock, you can see a golden plate with a stamping mark on it.

Golden plate stamping

When the bag arrived and I was holding it in my hands, the beauty of this fantastic treasure made me instantly fell in love with it. Unfortunately, it is no longer available in boutiques, but you can find similar vintage pieces on many sites. All in all, buying a Chanel handbag is one of the best decisions you can make, as the style of these bag is unique, and the value of these bags is constantly increasing.

Where can you buy this vintage Chanel bag?

This model can still be found on several luxury resale platforms, like Fashionphile, Rebag, Farfetch, Poshmark, The Luxury Closet, Tradesy and Vestiaire Collective

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Chanel East West Chocolate Bar Bag

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