CHANEL Lambskin review

February 14, 2020 Vancouver, BC, Canada

CHANEL Lambskin review

I've had this CHANEL Mini Flap bag for several years now — crazily enough, it's actually been more than seven years since I purchased it. 

While I've acquired several other CHANEL pieces since then, this square mini flap bag remains a favourite. But that endearment has nothing to do with the material it's made of. Not at all.

Read my comparison review between the square mini and rectangle mini here.

I purchased this handbag because I was hunting for the coveted bordeaux-and-gold-hardware combination from 2012. I passed up on a caviar leather medium (a decision that still haunts me to this day) and I immediately regretted it. Of course, when I went back to purchase it, it was long gone.

So, I settled for this lambskin option when I found it through an SA in the U.S.

From the moment I bought it, I knew lambskin wasn't for me. The material, while so buttery soft, is so prone to scratches and rubs. Even opening the flap can seem hazardous. And, for someone who likes to keep their handbags in pristine condition, even when using them, this reality of lambskin has been a bit of a nightmare.

So, the solution for me has been not to use this beauty very much.

But, the other day, I decided to pull it out and wear it. Very aware of what I was pairing it with, in order to be mindful of colour transfers and scratches, I wore a pair of corduroy trousers. At the end of the day, the handbag showed visible scuffs on the back. I was shocked.

It was a very good reminder why I don't use this handbag very often, and why I will never buy a lambskin bag again.

Have you had any luck with lambskin? 


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