Lovers of French fashion can't resist the allure of vintage Chanel as the iconic brand elevates the wearer's wardrobe to the height of polished refinement. A Chanel purse exudes the same kind of fashion-forward determination as Coco herself, and proudly stands as a symbol of the liberation inherent in Chanel's designs. The designer drew elements from menswear to transform women's fashion yet managed to guard a type of solid femininity that persists in Chanel purses today.
Several signature elements make Chanel bags easy to spot and heighten their appeal as status symbols. The distinctive diagonal quilting featured on classic Chanel handbags adds a structured geometric aesthetic and showcases the quality of the materials. This type of topstitching is often emphasized using materials such as patent leather, which subtly underlines the masterful execution of the motif. Structured Chanel handbags remain the pieces of choice for fans of traditional Chanel quilting, although the technique also lends itself well to larger totes or weekend bags.
Chanel bags are also known for the use of link chains, sometimes interwoven with a length of material but often left natural in gorgeous contrast to the soft fabric of the bag itself. A Chanel crossbody is the perfect piece to display this strong feature as the use of chains on the strap adds weight and a luxurious feel to the overall effect of the bag. The chains are often doubled when used as purse straps to allow the wearer to carry the bag on the shoulder or on the arm as desired, making practical use of their sturdiness as well as profiting from their aesthetic appeal.
The signature double "C" logo can be found on nearly all Chanel handbags and has many interpretations inspired by the opulent and sometimes exaggerated costume jewelry so adored by the house's founder. Eye-catching but never gaudy, the logo can take on a sleek, modern look as the focal point on a simple leather clutch or take on a glitzier placement as crystal-embedded charms dangling from the handles of Chanel handbags.
Chanel is no stranger to playful prints and is always seeking ways to incorporate new materials into its collections. From the tweed made famous by Chanel's iconic jackets to nylon bags made to imitate puff jackets to the brand's geometric Kaleidoscope print, the brand boldly uses various prints and fabrics to allow its clients to adapt their chosen piece to their personal preferences. Chanel bags are the perfect place to use textile to add a pop of color or an alluring texture.
Every Chanel lover understands the joy of finding the Chanel crossbody that feels just right on their shoulder, or picking up the clutch that so perfectly sets off their evening outfit. When it comes to visual impact and quality of couture, it is next to impossible to match the fabulous creations found in Chanel bags.
Vintage Bags Are for Everyone
These secondhand bags have been lovingly used by someone else, and they're now ready and waiting to bring you that same happiness. Our secondhand, vintage bags have the elegant patina of age. The timeless style of these bags will elevate every outfit you pair them with. Whether your style is classically elegant, bohemian chic, funky and eclectic or traditionally vintage, a vintage designer handbag goes perfectly with everything you wear.
At The Vintage Bar, we experience that same thrill every time we find a rare, precious vintage handbag that's perfect for our customers. For us, it's all about the bags.