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Classic Chanel Maxi Handbag

It is my pleasure to introduce you to my ArmCandy Queen Bee. Her name is BELLA. Italian for beautiful.
The Classic Chanel (CC) Double Flap Maxi is one of those items that will be EN VOGUE always and forever. Carrying it immediately makes the holder feel next level chic and classy, with just the right amount of edge. I still receive compliments on this bag almost every time I wear it. Since this bag falls into the Chanel Icon category, they will always be made. Colors will differ from season to season, but colors like black and nude there will be around forever.

I opted for the quilted CAVIAR leather as opposed to the smooth lamb skin to avoid worry of easy scratching or scuffing the bag. The caviar leather does add a bit of stiffness and weight to the bag, but I find that to be a fair tradeoff for the durability. Now this bag takes a beating, and still looks as new as the day I bought it. Also don’t need to worry as much about spills, as it’s very easy to clean with just a bit of water and a quick wipe down. The traditional leather is also subject to water stains, so it’s nice to not have to worry about taking it out on a rainy day.

How I (Vee) Rock It

The Classic Chanel Large serves as an everyday bag that I could easily throw my purse items into, and any extras that I may need on any given day. It has a TON of hidden pockets, and compartments on the inside, and a sleek back pocket that is perfect for slipping your phone inside.

Shoes: Aquazzura Christy Flat | Pants: Sincerely Jules | Jacket: Rag and Bone

The leather woven chain strap can be worn several different ways. My go-to is wearing it long, with the chain fully extended. It is long enough to wear either on one shoulder, but also cross-body. Can be shortened by doubling up the straps to wear on the shoulder or on your forearm. If you are feeling extra fancy, you can tuck the straps inside the bag, or lay towards the back and carry as an over sized clutch.


Dress: Lululemon

I tend to wear this bag more in the cooler months, since it is black, and a bit of a bigger bag. HOWEVER, I still wear it year round. The possibilities are endless when it comes to pairing this bag. Running to the store with jeans and Birkenstock’s or date night with a little black dress and killer heels.

Shoes: Christian Louboutin Pigalle


Ready to Shop?!

I had to special order mine from Saks, as they typically are sold as soon as they hit the boutique. It took about a month for it to come in, but I did not have to pay until the bag arrived in the store. The experience of opening a Chanel Icon bag is quite luxurious. Your salesperson will have the bag ready for you already wrapped inside a sturdy black Chanel box adorned with their signature Camellia flower. This box and wrapping is only available when purchasing an Icon bag.

Chanel Icon box w/ Camellia



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