Chanel handbags are revered as being the creme de la creme of designer arm-wear. From the classic Chanel offering of the black quilted leather bag, to any one of its bright and beautiful seasonal offerings, Chanel handbags are highly coveted pieces that cost a pretty penny. But, is it a case of solely paying for the name and brand of Chanel, or are you actually getting fine quality to match the hefty price tag?
In short, paying for a Chanel handbag is paying for quality. Every single Chanel handbag can be considered to be ‘handmade’, combining a variety of techniques done by hand with the precision that only a machine can bring.
It can be argued that Chanel handbags probably use more hand-stitching than any other luxury handbag offering on the market.
How Is A Chanel Handbag Made?
Chanel handbags are made in France or Italy, in factories that are the workplaces of only the finest and most experienced artisans in the business.
It takes years before an employee can say that they have mastered all of the stations within the factory, each one integral to the final product of the awe-inspiring Chanel handbag. Despite using a combination of hand sewing and machine stitching, the level of expertise and craftsmanship of each artisan on the production line means that even those steps undertaken by machine are nothing like that of a factory for mass-production.
Right from the cutting of the fabrics and skins, to the final stitch in the embroidery, and the affixing of the gilded gold seal of authenticity, each step in the process must be carried out with the utmost skill, precision, and artistry.
Furthermore, no single piece in the Chanel handbag collection is the same, a testimony to the unique practices and quality that goes into each piece, that is only really achievable when using handmade practices.
Does This Handmade Process Make The Bag Worth It?
I would argue that yes, it does. Chanel handbags are obviously pricey, often exceeding the £2000 mark, and so are a definite investment piece, and not a purchase to be made lightly. However, in the grand scheme of luxury designer handbags, I would argue that you can’t really get much better than an authentic Chanel bag, and this is largely due to the care and quality that goes into its production.
When you consider the lengthy process of producing a Chanel handbag, from conception to the finished product, and then compare that to the handbag making practices of even Chanel’s compatriots in the luxury product market, you can see a difference. Yes, of course part of that price covers the cost of the name.
Chanel is one of, if not the, go-to name of designer fashion, and so carrying that interlocking C logo on the crux of your elbow doesn’t pay for itself. However, when you consider the amount of people that are involved in the craftsmanship and lengthy process of manufacturing, from designers, to suppliers, to the artisans themselves, it’s also no surprise that Chanel handbags cost what they do.
If you were to break it down, to the years of training and education that each artisan would have had to experience before being let loose on the production line, you can appreciate that you really are paying for quality. Furthermore, you can rest easy in the knowledge that at least the people involved in the production of your beloved handbag are being treated ethically and fairly by their employers in exchange for the knowhow and expertise.
Even more so, it’s not difficult to spend £40 on a handbag at least once a year, and then end up disposing of this piece as soon as it starts to break. Investing in a piece by Chanel may well be steep and intimidating, but that’s a piece for life: it will always be coveted, always robust, and always a sign of quality. And, for the price you pay, you would expect nothing less than the handmade quality that you will carry around with you for years to come.