Mar 17, 2009

Chanel Caviar vs. Lamb Bags

Recently I am getting the Chanel itch. As I am on vacation, I feel I am entitled to go shopping without as much regard for the wallet. The strange thing is that I have purchased all sorts of Chanel bags but have yet to buy a jumbo classic. I am thinking perhaps this is a great investment this year as I know for sure I will get many years of utility out of a classic Chanel.
I am debating between the caviar maxi (the largest size) flap bag and the lamb leather. Lamb leather is definitely more refine and baby butt soft but caviar is so much more durable due to the grainy texture.
***There are 4 sizes: small, medium, jumbo and maxi. I know there is a tiny one but I don't know if it's consider a wallet or a purse.
I will use caviar bags more often because I know tossing those bags on the floor wouldn't do much damage. The pebble texture makes wears less obvious.Lamb leather on the other hand I treat with kid glove because the surface scratches so easily. I seldom use this bag but there are scratch all along the edges already.
Chanel maxi classic flap bag in lamb leather retails for $3195 and caviar retails for almost $3000 if my memory is not faulty. I think about $2995 or something like it. Which do you prefer, lamb or caviar texture leather?

24 comments:

  1. I would probably go with the caviar b/c of the quality. But OMG, there are hella expensive!! :)

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  2. I would go for the caviar...they are both so lovely!

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    Btw lovely bags!

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  4. Hi there-my red Chanel bag is lamb and does show every mark. If I buy again, I'd like the caviar I think too.

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  5. all so lovely. sighs...When will I have one...

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  6. Caviar for sure. It stands the test of time better. And the whole point of getting a Chanel is to have it for life (If you have a regular income)and be able to use it withouth the gloves.

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  7. I like the lamb. The softness is so lush.

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  8. i have yet to buy my first Chanel classic but I am saving for it! :) i have the same problem I don't know which one to buy either but I think I love the lamb although like you say it is harder to take care of it.

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  9. every gal should have a lamb chanel bag but caviar is easier to use. i guess i am lucky to have both.

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  10. Have the caviar, and no regrets.
    When i saw the lamb and notice how soft and easily scratch it was, no contest!
    My aim when I made my selection was to have one which stands the time and the abuse of wear and tear. After 4 yrs, mine looks brand new :)
    A lifetime gift from my mom, which i hope to pass to my own daughter

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  11. Caviar definitely. Happy shopping and help stimulate the economy!

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  12. I definitely prefer Lamb HOWEVER, I'm a huge clutz so I only get the caviar leather--but you can go wrong with either (or both) :-)

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  13. Hi, chanced upon ur blog I must say its great! Been eyeing & saving hard for a classic Chanel & couldn't make up my mind... Lamb vs Caviar... Pretty much knows what I want now & my vote is Caviar lol...

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  14. Please can someone help me make a decision....do I buy the Chanel Classic Flap bag in the Maxi XL or the Medium Large?
    Also should I buy it in Black with a silver chain or a gold chain?
    Please could someone help me out with this major decision...my Husband has offered to buy me either for my 50th Birthday.

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  15. Congrat on the potential new conquest. Well, it really depends on your personal choice. I am petite so Maxi XL looks large on me but I still like it very much. There should be 4 sizes, maxi, jumbo, large, and small, I think. I don't think you can go wrong with any classic Chanel flap. I personally would love to have the maxi but I think jumbo (the next size down) is better for my size. In terms of silver or gold chain. It is entirely up to you. Look at your wardrobe and shoes, what will pair better, gold or silver? Let me know if you have further question. Happy hunting!! : )

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  16. I was going through the same dilemma, but decided to opt for the caviar one! For some reason, I like the caviar texture better.. I find it looks richer than the lamb texture altough the lamb one is actually more expensive! The caviar is also more durable which is the second reason why i got it...

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  17. Mona, caviar is def more durable. I toss my around and they are still okay.

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  18. I would go for Maxi caviar, silver hardware, black. I ma waiting for mine to arrive from Paris. So excited! Actually I did not know I could get so excited about a bag ... :-)

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  19. I got the silver hardware jumbo in caviar and you'll never go wrong 'coz mine still looks brand-new. I bought mine 2 years ago for C$2500 and I could not believe the price now -C$3500!!

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  20. The salesman shows me there was a polish lotion and used it wipe over the lambskin... all minor scratches gone! But yea, i have been struggling so bad about caviar or lambskin too. This is my first Chanel bag and I always wanted a lambskin.It is also the first gift from my bf and I wanted to kept it for so long that I can show it to our kids about this classic... so i was debating caviar or lambskin since lambskin does not seems to be a good pick if i want to keep it for long... however, it is the first big gift from my bf and it means a lot to me... how can i settle and not to pick the "all time" first pick in my list? so I decided to take the lambskin even though i know it is so hard to take care. but as long as I enjoy it, right? whats the point to spend that much but not having my "most wanted" in my list....

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  21. You should buy what you want. I have had lambskin Chanel for a long time too and they are still okay.

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  22. Bought the Maxi in lambskin leather a week ago and it's $4,700 before tax. This is my first Chanel , and now I want it in every color :)

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  23. Congrats. You will enjoy your new chanel bag for many years.

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  24. Hi Hun go for Chanel caviar Cause it is worth paying for. The lambskin is too much of a hassle. Besides you should spoil yourself with caviar one. Since you working hard to pay for it. Treat it with care but Is there a real need to leave caviar bag on the floor?

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