Sartorial Bucket List # 2 : Red Chanel Jumbo Flap

January 12, 2011

This purchase requires no introduction. While I know most people would consider Chanel overpriced and frivolous, this particular bag has been on my mind for two years. After a lot of internal struggle I decided to get this bag even though 2011 is the year for saving.

I would've preferred the 10C red but the bf thinks the 10A red is more subdued and will probably be something that still suits me in 10 years. I had my doubts until I got the bag in the mail - I love the dark red and think it's perfect.



I consider my bag collection complete with this purchase. It's actually amazing how one purchase can derail and change one's shopping habit. In the last 10 days I have successfully resisted the lure of several good sales that would've been damaging to my wallet.

Thanks for letting me share.

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31 comments

  1. It's the bag I've always wanted! So lovely! You are lucky!

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  2. Congratulations! I'm sure you've worked extremely hard for this. Such a great colour too! Black is classic, but the red is just beautiful...

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  3. Congrats!! What a beautiful bag!! Looking forward to seeing how you incorporate it into your outfits!! :)

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  4. OMG Elle it's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!

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  5. OMG! The bag is absolutely gorgeous. I love the color. I am still dreaming of this baby now and then :)

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  6. That is a beautiful shade of red. Definitely timeless and a perfect fashion accessory.

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  7. More pictures please! This teaser isn't enough ;) Congrats on such a be-yoo-ti-ful bag! I'm positive you are going to wear it wonderfully. On a side note, what do you think of the box? It's a gripe of mine, Chanel needs to box their bags better! I have designer shoeboxes sturdier than this -_-

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  8. Eeep! Congrats!! What a beautiful color, reminds me of Kelly's medium. I remember when I first found your blog I read about your pursuit for the Chanel flap. I didn't realize you wanted a jumbo though. How does it look against your frame?

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  9. To quote Rachel Zoe, "I DIE!" Elle, this is so gorgeous and classic - something you can pass on to your future daughter! One day, I hope to buy a Chanel flap...maybe if I sell all my Balenciagas! :)

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  10. Gorgeous!!!! Red Chanel flaps are the BEST!!! And they go with everything. =)

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  11. Ooh! You had me at Chanel! I love the red color too - classic yet bold. My boyfriend (now husband) bought me one in black a couple years ago and I still love it. I never considered other colors but now you've got me thinking! Thanks for the post! Can't wait to see it paired with your outfits.

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  12. omg, i'm in love with your purse!! i've been lusting after this purse for as long as i can remember! so lucky to have it. please post some more pictures of it when you get a chance. and the red is absolutely beautiful!

    cute and little

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  13. Gorgeous! This purse is going to look so great with all your pretty dresses!

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  14. Oh, congratulations on the purchase! I love the color, and of course the classic look is timeless. Can't wait to see it on you!

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  15. WOW! What a great addition to your collection! I've been lusting for one for a while, but I'm holding off until I can take better care of my handbags. LOL. =)

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  16. omg congrats!! I'm so happy for you :D You better take care of it! :P I can't wait to get mine..maybe this year or next? My boyfriend is encouraging me to get the Chanel classic flap over the Balenciaga bag I want. Decisions decisions.

    xx The Little Dust Princess

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  17. Absolutely beautiful! That red is timeless and very chic. What a fabulous purchase.

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  18. Congrats Elle!!! This is such a gorgeous, gorgeous bag and a truly fabulous color! Kudos to the boyfriend too for his input on the different red, such a keeper.

    I am going to assume you got it for a good price as well due to your announcement so CONGRATS on the snag as well!! Can't wait to see what you wear this with.

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  19. Oh dear, this is not good for my attempts to resist Chanel! Buuut, I'm soo happy for you that you finally got the Chanel you've wanted for so long. I don't judge anyone at all for spending their $$ on them (actually envy them lol), but the cost is still prohibitive for me right now... I'd have to stop shopping altogether for at least 2 years to justify it! And plus I'd die if I ever got anything on it... so I can only admire from afar. Can't wait to see how it looks on you! :)

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  20. Liane - it's outrageous how these babies are priced...I will be curbing my spending for the forseeable future. I wouldn't be able to forgive myself should anything happen to it.

    Jen - thanks! I did get it for a good price, a bit less than current retail if you can believe it. :)

    Kristen - thank you

    Jessy - I will take care of it! (or at least try!) I think I would vote Chanel over Bal...I guess I was never a fan of Balenciaga's so I am obviously biased!

    TGB, Jen, Elaine, Sydney, xJOLIE, & Sophia - thanks, I have been wanting this forever so am so glad to finally cross it off my list.

    Cee - more pictures coming...possibly next week so I can get some day pictures (the color really pops in good lighting). I was so close to getting the black that you have but think the red is more me (haha I can't pull off the elegant black).

    Jean - thanks! :) I was contemplating the m/l for a long time but I just carry too much to justify getting it. I won't have too many occasions to wear the m/l since it's more of an evening size so I just went with the jumbo...the two didn't really differ much in price so I ended up with the jumbo.

    SPG - lol I love RZ too. Thanks, I would love to see your bag collection too (you must have a ton of Burberry's)

    Kelly - thanks! I really really like your 09 red m/l, you wear it so well!

    Petite Mom - I really wanted the black (would be fitting for me because I am not the greatest at avoiding dirt) but decided on the red because it's one of my favorite colors. Can't wait to see what your next Chanel is!

    Kileen, Michelle, Vicky and Jess - thanks ladies, I can't wait to take it out for a spin!

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  21. LOOOOOVE it. great investment! :)

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  22. Hi Elle,

    I'm in the market for another Chanel bag and I've been looking. Did you get yours on ebay? I'm so afraid to get the fake one! Do you base it on the seller's feedback? Thanks in advance for all your help.

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  23. Love it. The perfect shade of red.

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  24. unee cakes - thanks, I think so too. :)

    Sunshine - I did, from a seller that not only had positive reviews, but sells many big ticket items. I never buy on ebay unless I can get all the fixin' (so A. card/care booklets/box/etc.) AND the origial receipt. I also get the bags authenticated (etincelerauthentications.com is a well known one...or get a free one on the purseforum - though I wouldn't recommend it as the only place to get it authenticated.).

    overcaffeinated - thanks chica, I think so too!

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  25. omg elle! that chanel bag is so gorgeous. the red is a lovely red, i like that it's not fire engine red. *jealois* lol

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  26. OMG Elle...congrats!!!! You know I love me anything Chanel and this is gorgeous!!!!!! YAY!!

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  27. i didn't know about etincelerauthentications.com, thanks for sharing Elle.

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  28. love love! <3 I just recently treated myself to a Chanel as well and I totally know how you feel!

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  29. GORGEOUS!!! Congrats girl! This is amazing! Still dreaming about the day I can get my own Chanel...can't wait to see you style it! :)

    xo

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  30. "you fancy huh?"

    as in the song. but appropriate for this post.

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