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Handbag Therapy by Andrew Farrell

Complete Chanel Leather Guide

Chanel leather is a very strong and durable material that can withstand the everyday wear, use, and tear the average person can put on it. That is why the leather bags are so intriguing and popular. You can choose your new Chanel leather bag in a wide variety of sizes, colors and styles on the market. But what are the differencies? Do you know the difference between Chanel lambskin leather and caviar? And difference between lambskin and calfskin? And what about other leathers? No? And do you want to choose the best leather bag for you that will fulfill your needs and wants? Then continue reading – this is the complete guide!


1) Chanel Lambskin Leather 


Chanel Lambskin Leather is one of the most popular leathers on the market, it is known for its velvety smoothness. The lambskin leather is tanned with some of the wool still attached to the skin and it brings the advantage of protective. This leather type is most commonly used at Chanel Flap Bag.


+ Smooth and silky, the softest leather on the market
+ Insulative and protective


– Requires utmost upkeep
– Expensive, but less costly than full grain leather




2) Chanel Caviar Leather 


If you are looking for the leather that is beautiful, intriguing and ideal for everyday use, then you should buy the Chanel Caviar leather bag that is a bit bumpy to touch. Chanel Caviar leather is actually made from calfskin (with grains).


+ Very strong
+ Doesn’t show scratches or other marks
+ Intriguing to the eye


– Fairly heavy
– A bit bumpier and rough





3) Chanel Deerskin Leather 


Chanel deerskin leather looks lovely, it is a pebbled leather, but it isn´t so popular with customers due to its heavy.



+ Thicker than the other leathers
+ Flexible



– Very heavy






4) Chanel Quilted Calfskin Leather 


Chanel Calfskin Leather is the leather produced from calf hide and in high quality. It is one of the most regal and sophisticated leathers on the market.



+ Incredibly fine grain and smooth texture
+ Quilted design, durability
+ Soft and smooth



– Fairly thin






Chanel brings you several more types of Calfskin Leather such as


a) Chanel Aged Calfskin Leather 
Ragged, classic, unpolished style with a fairly soft, yet durable texture with visible wrinkles. This type of leather and finish allows for dyeing  










b) Chanel Cracked Patent Calfskin Leather 

High quality, classic, vintage and resilient leather with the fine grain and soft to touch. It is resilient to scratches. This type of finish does not allow colour change or touch up unfortunately.









c) Chanel Glazed Calfskin Leather 
Silky smooth texture with glazing. It has a shiny, shimmering polished look.  The glazed finish makes dyeing difficult, touch up original colour may be an option










d) Chanel Metallic Calfskin Leather 
Fabulous, shimmering and eye-catching texture that is easy to clean. This type of finish makes colour change not possible by me.  Also touching up and colouring matching whilst possible can also be difficult








5) Chanel Patent Leather 


Chanel patent leather is not very popular at the moment, but maybe it is still waiting for its rise. Some colors of this type of leather looks like from late ’50s, so if you are looking for vintage, the patent leather is right choice for you!


+ Unique look

+ Easy to clean for majority of stains


– Dents and stains easy

_ Prone to colour transfer which is impossible to remove

This type of leather is not possible to dye or colour touch up



6) Chanel Goatskin Leather 


While the goatskin is very durable and soft, there is one disadvantage of this leather type. Sides of the handbag keeps its shape, but the top tends to look dented or crushed after few weeks. Take care when not using your goatskin bag and stuff it while storing in closet.  Can also come with a metallic shimmer as seen in picure bleow (The Black One)


+ One of the most durable leather
+ Very stiff and soft


– Tends to look dented



7) Chanel Aligator Leather 


Chanel Aligator Leathers looks wonderful on any bag, with plenty of depth for appreciation. Avoid leaving handbags made from aligator leather too long outside at direct heat. Like other exotic ski it can age  very fast in direct sun.


+ delicate, yet rugged
+ very durable and won’t show scratches


– more expensive
– Aging on sun

*Not possible to dye



8) Chanel Python Leather 


Luxurious, sophisticated and high class leather that is insanely lightweight and incredibly durable. Wide range of unique color combinations and patterns. Avoid to contact the python leather with water.


+ Very durable
+ Scratch resistant
+ Sign of luxury
+ Incredibly lightweight


– Water sensitive

* Not possible to dye or touch up


Another Chanel Leathers Types


Chanel will supply all customers and that is why it brings lots of leather´s types to the market. In the offer of Chanel you can find following types too:


a) Chanel Jersey “Leather” 

A special type of knit material that looks simply amazing, ideal for everyday use. Not a real leather. Most common jersey colors are blue and yellow.


b) Chanel Leather from Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag 

Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag has a different leather, than Classic Flap Bag. The leather looks more worn, which is the main difference.


c) Chanel Metallic Calfskin/Lambskin Leather 

Most of the Chanel leather types mentioned above comes also in shiny metallic variant.


d) Chanel Perforated Calfskin/Lambskin Leather 

And as well as the metallic leather type above, there is also perforated variant of most of the Chanel leathers. Most common are calfskin and lambskin.


Because of the special nature of leather, it is most important that you know care information. 


Beware of counterfeits


It is necessary to buy the original product Chanel, but you have not to buy it somewhere on the market, there is high risk that you may be tricked by fake designer label. You should know the basic information about leather to differ the quality design. Be careful and choose your new leather bag Chanel only by certified dealers.