The Chanel Reissue

I wanted to share with you a bag I just got that’s been on my list for a while, a Chanel reissue.

I love the reissue because it’s a nice alterative to the classic Chanel CCs, and the leather is hardier than the super soft lambskin that Chanel also uses. However my husband disagreed somewhat – he clearly isn’t on board with the distressed, vintage look:

Me: “Look at my new bag! YAY.”

Mr. Feather: “But if it’s new, why does it look so old.”


I really wanted a gray bag with cool toned hardware because I wear a ton of grays and blacks – I included the photo of the reissue against my Etoupe Birkin so you could see how “cool” this color was versus the warmer taupe. I love wearing all grays/blacks with just a splash of bright color, I’d love to get something bright orange later to go with this bag too. Any suggestions?

You Might Also Like

  • R.L.
    December 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Sometimes men just don't understand πŸ˜‰ She's a beauty! Still classic without being the ubiquitous classic flap. Love.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    The grey reissue bag has been on my wish list for a couple of years now. So needless to say, I love it! I think it's one of those really versatile bag that goes with everything.

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    The grey reissue bag has been on my wish list for a couple of years now. So needless to say, I love it! I think it's one of those really versatile bag that goes with everything.

  • chillairandperfume
    December 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Well your hubby is crazy – I adore the reissue!

  • Sabrina
    December 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Gorgeous!!!! I adore the reissue and it's been on my wishlist too but in a smaller size.

    Your hubby sounds like my hubby. He thought my Balenciaga first looked like a truck ran over it, lol. Maybe men aren't fans of the distressed look.

    I love it on you!

  • couturecoco
    December 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Lol Mr Feather. She's beautiful! Great purchase! I was SO torn about which colour reissue to get but decided against the grey in the end then found the super rare 228 in black by chance so now a navy 227 is on my wishlist.

  • Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy
    December 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    That purse is beautiful! Love your outfit!

  • Michelle
    December 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    ugh, boys just don't understand. i love the bag – so classic and cool. great choice!

  • skippysays
    December 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Yay, congrats! I love finally getting stuff off my wishlist πŸ™‚ And I love it paired with that sweater- what a fun color!

  • Tanja Hammerl Fashion
    December 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Beautiful outfit and really great bag!

  • JJ
    December 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    What a beautiful bag – the grey is definitely a nice spin on the classic Chanel flaps.

  • Matthew
    December 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Dope Bag!


    Very nice pictures , I really like how you showed the little details of your new purchase.

    Your Chanel bag is definitely timeless.


  • Lindsay
    December 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I always feel like white does the trick. I could see orange too. I've always like that one too. It's more modern with the distressed look.

  • Audrey Allure
    December 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    That is such a stunning bag!

  • alison*elle
    December 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I love it, Katherine! The colour is great.

    xo, alison*elle

  • Dovey
    December 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Beautiful! The comment about Mr Feather + distressed bag was quite funny :). I also love your bright yellow slouchy sweater— it's so optimistic, and pairs perfectly with the bag and your denim.

  • Holly
    December 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    omigosh you have THE purses and in the exact colors that I WANT! =P you have amazing taste in bags! =) I LOVE IT!

  • Call me M
    December 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    In risk of sounding stupd, OMG!!! I love this bag! It's super gorgeous. I really like grey, and I think it's a great choice. I prefer the classic one with the CCs but this one looks fantastic in your pics. I would love to have one, some day! You're lucky!

  • Adele
    December 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Men just never get it when it comes to bags!! I adore it & being grey it will complement so many outfits. You are so lucky xoxo

  • Elizabeth
    December 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Silly boy. This is such a beautiful handbag. Just divine.

  • lucydphoto
    December 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    So gorgeous. I also love to wear lots of blacks & grays and add a pop of color. I used to have the matte black and the dark silver 226 Reissues but sold them because I didn't think I could rock them like you do. Now you make me want to get a black one again.

  • Leona
    December 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    WOW! Love the grey, PHW, Ombre mix with the pop of yellow!


  • groupthink7
    December 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Mrs. Feather, I would go with a bright orange pump. Maybe patent leather or a pair of orange skinny jeans.

  • Beautygirl24
    December 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    It's beautiful Katherine! Such a gorgeous color. I love gray as well. And I'm always a sucker for silver hardware on Chanels. Gold is classic of course, but I think silver just looks so sharp.

  • Ella Pretty Blog
    December 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Congrats on your new bag. It's gorgeous – you definitely made the right choice, it looks amazing with your cool toned Hermes CDC.

  • newpetite
    December 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    That is such a gorgeous bag! I am a fan of Hermes though πŸ˜‰ Love that sweater on you!

  • LC
    December 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    everything about this look (and your bag) is perfection! idieeeee.

  • Marissa
    December 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    That bag is gorgeous! I love how mixing blacks and grays with a pop of color during the winter months. I think it helps keep the winter blues at bay! xoxo Marissa

  • Jen Umm
    December 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    lucky you!!
    this is incred, love the photos
    Great post, thanks for sharing!

    if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin πŸ™‚
    let me know!

  • Chic in Vancity
    December 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    OMG! awesome bag! I have a the Chanel classic flap bag on my wish list… fingers crossed Santa brings it :p
    Congrats on the lovely new purchase!
    Happy Holidays!!!
    Bella xox

  • dietingfashions
    December 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    That is one pretty purse! The distressed look is pretty popular nowadays. I do like the look of it. It makes me feel like this purse will get a lot of uses.

  • Rola
    December 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    What a beauty! This has been on my wishlist too:)

  • alyson -- the average girl's guide
    December 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    absolutely love that bag… i'm a huge grey fan as well! love how chanel totally elevates any outfit.

  • amy b.s.
    December 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    it's lovely.

  • Kiwi's Fashion Blog
    December 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Super jealous!! The reissue is pure gorgeousness! You picked a great colour, very versatile! Love it!

  • Anonymous
    December 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    AH, that Reissue is absolutely gorgeous! And it looks fantastic on you πŸ™‚ Congratulations to you!

    Cari284 (tpf)

    December 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    love it!!!you look gorgeous!
    kisses from prague and have a wonderful christmas!

  • RosaLovesDC
    December 16, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    The grey in this purse is so versatile! Love it!

  • Anonymous
    December 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Hello! Can you post a link to the jeans that you are wearing?

  • Katherine
    December 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    @Anonymous hi! Unfortunately they don't make this color anymore (which is why I had to stock up) but they are the BDG Cigarette style from Urban Outfitters:

  • Sarah
    December 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Beautiful bag! I am coveting hardcore over here. πŸ˜‰

  • Cindy
    December 17, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Such a gorgeous bag! Boys will be boys (and never understand the whole distressed look haha)

  • Karen (littlepiecefnb)
    December 17, 2011 at 4:16 am

    What a lovely Chanel bag…I can't wait until I get mine someday. =P

  • tiffyama
    December 17, 2011 at 4:37 am

    The color is so unique!!! I'm so used to seeing the black original Chanels but I do like this one as well. Heh, I'm sure Mr. Feather will come to his senses and realize that this bag is great addition to your closet. keke.

  • Anna
    December 17, 2011 at 6:57 am

    "If it's new, why does it look so old?" <—that's just too cute!
    I like that distressed look too.
    Something bright orange, hmm, I think H does the best orange.

  • Emily
    December 17, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I just got a reissue as well too and am in love with the distressed look as well! I love the grey color you got–looks fabulous! I was drawn to the chain strap on the reissue too because it was just a little bit different from the classic flap styles.

  • Lisa
    December 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

    kat!!!! congrats congrats congrats she is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!! i think the reissues in grey are SOOO GORGEOUS!! sigh she's such a beauty!

  • BillΓ¬
    December 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Nice post!i'm following this blog, i like it! Follow my fashion blog,

  • Mehreen
    December 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    love it!!! this is def on my list too:)

  • meghan
    December 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Wow! I love it! I think the distressed look is fantastic…and my fiance convinces me over and over again that men know nothing about fashion. It would also look great with orange!

  • Ale e Elis
    December 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    You look so beautiful!!!
    Loved you bag, the color is perfect.

  • cinzee
    December 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Love your bag and you look gorge:)The color of the Chanel bag is really pretty, not the typical classical black, which is also oh so lovely, of course,lol

    HAHAHA…i couldn't help but crack up when i read the convo you had with your Mr…lol so sweet in a way,hehe


  • Susan
    December 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Something bright orange to go with your new bag? How about an a Hermes bright orange Bearn wallet? πŸ™‚ Or an LV orange wallet.

    Congrats on the new bag!

  • The Little Dust Princess
    December 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Congratss!!! : )

  • Urban Jungle Fashion
    December 18, 2011 at 2:16 am

    The BDG jeans and that Chanel bag do you wonders! I LOVE the look!

  • Vicky
    December 18, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Sweater twins! πŸ™‚ I wore the same sweater two days ago to work, with gray tights.
    Congratulations on this beautiful new addition to your collection. I almost got the same one (one size down, preowned) a few months ago but didn't work out. Love the reissue!

  • stylish with a budget
    December 18, 2011 at 5:52 am

    this color is so beautiful….almost black but kind of gray. can't wait for some modeling pix.

  • lesouefsbrouilles
    December 18, 2011 at 6:24 am

    it's gorgeous!

  • Michelle
    December 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    This is such a great outfit! I love your purse choice…especially since you said you like to wear a lot of gray and black!

  • Debbie
    December 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Beautiful! Is that the anniversary 2005 grey reissue? I have one in size 226 and it's my favourite!

  • Chelsea
    December 19, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Love the grey and neon! Fabulous!

    Chelsea (

  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    December 19, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I've wanted this (the anniversary edition) forever! I'll just keep dreaming for now!

  • signature mix
    December 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Men can never fully understand the allure of vintage Chanel.

  • Tiffany
    December 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    it's beautiful!! My Chloe Marcie is close to that color and i adore it, it just goes well with everything. The reissue is so pretty, love how you paired it with that pretty yellow sweater too.

  • jas
    December 20, 2011 at 2:52 am

    great bag!

  • SassyUptownChic
    December 20, 2011 at 4:30 am

    That's a fabulous bag! Men! LOL

  • audrinajulia
    December 20, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Congrats on your new purchase bag.. And it's Chanel! Yey! Love the size and the color is just gorgeous.Hope you could able to compare the size from the red one.:) Orange is among the one hot swatches this time.hope you could get one from Hermes or a Celine luggage tote or phantom perhaps?! (omg Hope I could get one of that kind someday! I know you will be the first one!lol

  • Abbey Brandon
    December 22, 2011 at 3:57 am

    It is simply beautiful.

    xo, Abbey (District Dress Up)

  • Anonymous
    December 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

    My suggestion for an orange bag is the Celine luggage

  • BB
    March 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    This bag is lovely! Can I ask you what the color is(does it have a code?)? I’m actually debating between this and the black reissue in GHW. I really like the grey and I’ve heard there are many kinds of grey. How did you decide on that particular one? Any thoughts on other shades? (e.g. anniversary grey, dark grey etc). I don’t have a chanel near where I live so it is very hard to have a look at it in person before I buy one. I’m very petite so I will probably go with 225 or 226 sizewise. Thank you in advance.

    • Katherine
      March 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Hi this is the anniversary gray πŸ™‚ I love the 226 size, I think that it’d look great on you with your described height. I just fell in love with the color and had to go with it!

      • BB
        March 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

        Thank you for the response. Can I ask you one more question? Will I be able to find the anniversary grey at the store or can I only find it second hand? I am new to Chanel and I’m wondering if it was only produced at a certain year in the past or if they always have it in the store. Sorry if it is a dumb question.. =P I’m really excited to finally have my first Chanel bag!

        • Katherine
          March 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

          Only second hand – it was from 2005 πŸ™‚ But there are lots of beautiful grays that are produced usually each season and second hand is also a good place to look. Enjoy your bag!

          • BB
            March 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

            Thank you, Katherine! By the way, I love your blog. I’m your new subie! =)