I’ve been asked a few times about some of the favorite bags I own, and I thought today I would start with one that is not only one of my favorites, but also the oldest in my closet: this little Chanel black caviar leather bowler bag.
I’ve purchased bags both before and after this little bowler that have come and gone, but this little bowler has always had a spot in my closet. I bought it in 2002 (!) when my mom and I went to New York on a trip together, and visited the boutique on Madison. I remember it very clearly because the boutique was almost empty, which never happens these days, especially in the accessories sections.
I wanted a small classic caviar flap which at the time was something like $1095 (that’s right…take in that price!), but at the last minute my mom convinced me to get this bowler instead which was around the same price, saying it was “younger”. I carried it around for years and years. When the price of the classic flaps started creeping up and starting with scary numbers like $3xxx, and then $4xxx, and now even $5xxx, I briefly wish I had gotten the flap. But now I wouldn’t trade my bowler, any day. It’s unique and will always remind me of my trip to New York with my mom! I love taking it out and wearing it whenever I find the occasion.
A few more pictures of my oldest favorite:
Pretty good condition for a 12 year old lady, eh? I hope that all the new Chanel bags will last just as long and look like this, especially since they’ve quintupled the price since then.
Please share – what is the oldest handbag in your closet you still use?