CHANEL VELVET QUILTED POUCHES

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We love new pouches, don’t we? And we love it even more when it’s made from Chanel. So introducing the Chanel Velvet Quilted Evening Pouch from the Pre-Fall 2017 Collection. These pouches resemble the styles of the popular Chanel O Cases, but the look is completely different. And like what we’ve always said; a mix of styles in your wardrobe is a healthy thing.

Perhaps this is not the regular diamond quilted pouch that we are used to, but for each and every style, there is a matching bag. Now Chanel is famous for making quilted designs, but they haven’t crafted one with Velvet-lined quilting before. The quilting is purposely made in extra large size to grab the attention of the audience. The lines are beautifully highlighted with the same color of the bag, but then darker or lighter. The pouch is completely made in Velvet, which is a super soft and luxurious material, but it’s a bit harder to maintain than calfskin leather. Because this is for the fall collection, Chanel purposely picked darker colors to match with your rainy coat.

This pouch also comes with the new interlocking CC logo. It’s made in golden hardware, but in sophisticated cracked style mixed with black hardware pieces. And for those that are interesting, here are the full details:

Chanel Small Velvet Quilted Pouches
Style code: A82709
Size: 20 x 27.5 x 1 cm
Prices: $800 USD, €760 euro, $6000 HKD, $1200 SGD, ¥91800 JPY, ¥5900 CNY

Chanel Medium Velvet Quilted Pouches
Style code: A82710
Size: 24 x 35 x 1.5 cm
Prices: $900 USD, €840 euro, $6600 HKD, $1330 SGD, ¥101520 JPY, ¥6500 CNY

Chanel Large Velvet Quilted Pouches
Style code: A82711
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Chanel: Singapore’s First Ephemeral Boutique To Open At Marina Bay Sands

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According to Merriam-Webster, ephemeral means to last for a very short time. It is how Chanel describes their pop-up boutiques, that for the longest time have only appeared in the most exotic of locales like Courchevel, Le Marais and Saint-Tropez, just to name a few. Come 16 June 2017, however, Singapore will join the ranks of these famed locations and open its very own stand-alone Chanel Ephemeral Boutique at Marina Bay Sands for a limited time only.

Slated to run till the end of October 2017, it will house 3 distinct collections from the get-go, starting with the #ParisCosmopolite Métiers d’Art collection that I had the pleasure of previewing at the glitzy Ritz Hotel in Paris last year.

But before I reveal more of what you can expect from Chanel’s first ephemeral boutique in Singapore, here’s an interview I did with Chanel’s President of Fashion Bruno Pavlovsky just before the Fall-Winter 2017(#CHANELGroundControl) show (remember that giant space rocket?) on the Chanel surprise, retail pop-ups now and his Chanel must-haves for every woman.

How does it feel to be the man behind the world’s largest luxury brand for women?
I don’t know if it’s important if it’s a man or woman behind Chanel. What I know is Chanel is unique and special and has built its business model supported by creativity. Fashion is the key word at Chanel. And even though we have watches, fine jewellery and fragrances, fashion ultimately is the backbone of our business.

My job is to give the right support to the creative process and be able to define this creative vision, to maximise each collection. When I say maximise the collection, we take what we have and try to amplify it the best we can. We are not a marketing-driven company; we are in a trend-driven company. And that’s what makes Chanel so successful.

You say you’re not a marketing-driven company but one driven by creativity. How then do you ensure that you are always on top of the game, from a business point of view?
Our objective is to make sure that we allow our customers to dream – that’s an important part of our creative vision. We create the dreams. More importantly, we have to constantly surprise them. A key message at Chanel? Let Chanel surprise you. I think that’s something very powerful and true. We need to surprise our customers and keep them engaged, and Mr Karl Lagerfeld does this very well.

He expresses this creativity through different collections, different shows, different exhibitions, different boutiques, different products. Everything that we are doing is simply approaching creativity from different angles. And while it might be different, there’s still consistency which is what makes Chanel so unique to our customers.

Chanel launches a new fashion collection almost every 2 months. How do you keep up with it?
Passion. The people who are working with us, the ateliers, the maisons, they are working every day, working on every step of the creative process. They make it happen, they are in charge of taking Chanel’s creative vision and bringing it to life.

Lagerfeld brings about a vision, and its key for the next step of the development process, it never stops. Tomorrow (a day after this Fall-Winter 2017 show), we have a meeting with Lagerfeld to start to work on the Cruise 2018 collection.

After this show, this collection goes into production. There are people taking care of this, while others will focus on the next one. Our people are important to us; they allow us to constantly be on the move, moving into new collections, moving towards the future.

In our current global climate, a lot of the shows are getting smaller and more intimate, so why is it important for Chanel to continue doing such grand, large-scale shows?
We have small and big. The Haute Couture presentation was much smaller, December’s #ParisCosmopolite at the Ritz Hotel was much smaller.

Not really, it was still big with 3 shows that ran from morning to night.
But it was much smaller and more intimate. (laughs) Here at the Fall-Winter 2017 presentation, it is one show, 3000 people and a giant space rocket! At the end of the day we are only able to do that because the collection is very strong. And it is a collection that everyone will remember. Two hours from now, when we talk about this show, everyone will remember this rocket because they were so surprised. Everyone will also remember the bags that came down the runway along with it, the clothes, the looks, the accessories, and it was only possible because we put on this grand, large-scale show, to help all 3000 guests dream the Chanel dream.

What’s the kind of retail experience one can expect when walking into any Chanel boutique around the world? And what will they take away from the store?
They will feel the energy of each collection. A lot of work is done to ensure that in every single boutique in the world, when you walk in, you will feel that you’ve seen the entire collection, the showroom, the show even, that’s very important, and that’s the Chanel way.

With regards to retail pop-ups, is it going to be more and more commonplace? Like the one we had last year in Singapore with #ChanelAirlines at Pedder on Scotts?
Yes, we do a few every year. It’s not so much about having pop-ups just for business. We see it as a new avenue of creativity that we want to offer in some countries, in some cities, to attract and engage with our customers new and old. It’s a new way, in my opinion, to communicate the strong creativity we have at Chanel.

This is a question for my readers. What are the 3 items every woman should have from Chanel? What would you suggest?
Jacket. Bags. Shoe.

Specific bag, specific shoe?
(laughs) For me, we have iconic pieces at Chanel. The little black jacket is one. For bags, the 2.55 is my favourite, I’m not very original! (laughs) And something which is an important part of Chanel’s history would be the two-tone ballerina. That would be my shoe of choice.

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CHANEL PRICE INCREASE 2017

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Rumors were circulating that Chanel would increase prices last month (april 2017), but up until now the prices have remain the same. Which means, we’re off the hook for now. However, there is still a chance that Chanel will increase prices later this year.

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It’s fun to shop at Chanel, we love the handbags, wallets and other accessories like earrings. But when it comes to prices, then the fun starts to drop. Because we know that the prices usually go up and never go down. And if you will definitely not be happy if you’ve heard the rumors that Chanel will increase prices next month April. But is this true?

Sometime ago, there was a lady who had purchased her bag on the day of price increase. It’s wasn’t so much fun when she got to know that her bag was a several dollars more expensive just because she was one day late. And this is also true when you want to exchange your bag from small to medium size. Let’s say you just bought a Chanel bag in small size and next day you want to exchange it to a medium size. If the price has increased, Chanel will charge you the ‘new price’ and not the ‘old price’. You need to compensate for the extra costs.

In the past, when Chanel announced a price increase, it usually means; ‘price increase in almost every country’. But everything changed since the ‘price harmonization’ in 2015. What the price harmonization did was increasing prices in some countries while decreasing in others, and to be exact – the prices in Europe went up while in some Asian countries went down. Chanel made this move to balance their losses due to huge currency differences and they continue to do so.

The Price Harmonization Era

In the past, when Chanel announced a price increase, it usually means; ‘price increase in almost every country’. But everything changed since the ‘price harmonization’ in 2015. What the price harmonization did was increasing prices in some countries while decreasing in others, and to be exact – the prices in Europe went up while in some Asian countries went down. Chanel made this move to balance their losses due to huge currency differences and they continue to do so.

Like last year after Brexit. The pound got slashed and the United Kingdom experienced several steep rises in Chanel prices. The prices in the European countries increased as well due to weakening of the Euro currency while the price in United States remain the same. The conclusion: when Chanel announced a price increase, it might not mean price increase in all countries ‘anymore’.

Europe Is Still The Best Place To Buy Chanel

The best place to purchase a Chanel bag is still in the countries within the European Union, because comparing to Asia as well as in United States, the price without VAT return is still cheaper. But what will happen in the next price increase 2017?

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[The estimated price increase in 2017 is based on the average percentage price increase in the past year]

Next Chanel Price Increase in 2017

In the next price increase, Chanel will certainly increase prices in the European Union countries, especially in the United Kingdom. Prices in Asia and United States might rise a little as well. Chanel prices can increase as much as 13 to 20% because we have seen this in the past. The prices that go up the most are usually for the ‘Classic’ and ‘Iconic’ handbags. Perhaps this is the Chanel’s style of punishment for procrastination, the heart-breaking feeling hurts more than our wallet.

When the Chanel price increase in 2017, we will keep this post updated. So stay tuned!

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CHANEL METALLIC O CASES

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If you think you’ve had enough taking a peek into the future, think again as Chanel is bringing us more futuristic bags and accessories.

When something is beautiful, we want to see more. So we wouldn’t mind if Chanel bring us more of those futuristic bags and accessories. With a theme entitled “Data Center Chanel”, Karl Lagerfeld is really keeping up with the statement as he brings the Chanel Metallic O Cases to the fashion shore during the Spring Summer 2017 Collection.

Made in shiny metallic leather to match the futuristic theme, these Chanel Metallic O Cases prove to be a must-have in every woman’s bag. Why? Aside from the fact that they are fashionably chic, these cases also prove to be handy as you can easily store your essentials inside them such as your wallet, car keys, smartphone and even your make up basics!

Actually the Chanel O Case is much like the Classic Flap Bag. Both are part of the permanent collection. The Metallic edition is really only available in this season.

And for Chanel fans, you’ll notice that instead of using soft silver hardware, these cases are now made in ruthenium hardware to match the metallic leather. And oh, you can always choose from two leathers as they are available in lambskin as well as in calfskin.

And the details:

Chanel Small Metallic O Cases
Style code: A82552
Size: 9.4’ x 13.8’ x 0.6’ inches
Prices: $1200 USD, €850 euro, £790 GBP, $1340 SGD, $7100 HKD, $1300 AUD, ¥112320 JPY

Chanel Large Metallic O Cases
Style code: A82545
Size: 7.9’ x 10.8’ x 0.4’ inches
Prices: $1000 USD, €950 euro, $890 GBP, $1500 SGD, $8000 HKD, $1460 AUD, ¥125280 JPY

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CHANEL MULTICOLOR CHEVRON WALLETS

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These Chanel Multicolor Chevron Wallets are making a big splash as they debuted in the Chanel Spring Summer 2017 Collection.

Featuring the modern Chevron V quilting, this wallet is a unique piece to own as it allows you to celebrate and embrace your own individuality when it comes to high caliber fashion taste.

This newest Chanel beauty is perfect to bring anywhere you go. Both striking and sophisticated, the Chevron multicolor effects attract the eyes of onlookers.

Made from lambskin, resin and silver metal, this bag has a great aesthetic appeal. As you can see, the Chevron line is made with different pastel rainbow colors for that distinctive look. If you’re a keen observer, you’ll also notice that the CC logo placed in the middle also comes in a flirty interplay of rainbow colors!

Chanel Multicolor Chevron Coin Purse
Style code: A82616
Size: 3.3’ x 4.3’ x 1.2’ inches
Prices: $500 USD, €475 euro, £425 GBP, $760 SGD, $3900 HKD, $730 AUD, ¥3800 CNY, ¥58320 JPY

Chanel Multicolor Chevron Double Wallet
Style code: A82617
Size: 4.1’ x 4.5’ x 1.2’ inches
Prices: $725 USD, €695 euro, £620 GBP, $1120 SGD, $5700 HKD, $1070 AUD, ¥5500 CNY, ¥85320 JPY

Chanel Multicolor Chevron Flap Wallet
Style code: A82618
Size: 4.3’ x 7.7’ x 1.4’ inches
Prices: $1000 USD, €935 euro, £840 GBP, $1500 SGD, $7700 HKD, $1430 AUD, ¥7300 CNY, ¥114480 JPY

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Chanel Ballerina: An Icon Since 1984

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The backstory is straightforward enough. Back in 1984, Karl Lagerfeld (who had been with Chanel for only a year then), was inspired by a two-tone slingback Gabrielle Chanel created in 1957. His interpretation became known as the Ballerina. Made in Beige to lengthen the leg, and capped with a black toe to shorten the foot (because, anything to flatter the feet, right?), it has become a house icon since, something you’ll always find on the shoe shelves of any Chanel boutique you walk into.

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The iconic Chanel bag? The Classic Flap. The one piece of RTW every woman should have? That would be the little black jacket. Jewellery? Pearls, pearls and more pearls. And when it comes to footwear, yes, you guessed it, it’s the ballerina. The essential style equivalent to, say, loafers for men (or is it sneakers these days), this is one shoe that’s the perfect weekend everything.

Relaxed, without being sloppy (impossible with the stitched CC logo, the little leather ribbon and of course, the contrasting toe cap), Chanel’s ballerina is also easy to wear (I mean, it’s a slip-on after all), it’s comfortable and most importantly, it will complete most any outfit you intend to wear for the day, be it tea with the girlfriends or shopping up and down Orchard Road.

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Now available in a plethora of colours, finishes and materials, you’ll find the ballerinas in everything from lambskin to suede, from grosgrain to woven metallic plastic threads, something new for the Spring-Summer 2017 collection. Priced from SGD860 a pair and up, you’ll only need to head to your nearest Chanel boutique to try them out. And if the shoe fits… well, you’ll know what to do.

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