Buying my First Chanel Bag – Part 1 -Introductory Blog Post

This is going to be my most pricey review yet. Buying and owning a piece of Chanel is such an investment, and if you’re like me, and you like beautiful, hard-wearing handbags, you’ll appreciate this review. I hope this will be a handy guide for whoever wants to decide what size/what leather and what hardware to buy when you pick out your first Chanel.

My Buying Story

I was very lucky when it came to buying my bag. I was gifted some money by my grandparents, and instead of saving it (I knew that I’d waste it on random stuff over a few years) I decided that this was a sign to buy a piece of Chanel. IMG_4887

Before you criticise, please refer back to my other designer bag pieces (Speedy, Neverfull, Wallet, Le Pliage) and see that I’m not just buying this bag because I could. Each one of my bags I adore and use on a regular basis, and apart from a hardy backpack I use for travelling long distances, I don’t actually own any other bags.

So I knew that to help top off my collection, I needed a good day-to-night bag that screams sophistication and class. And for me, that’s a Chanel classic flap bag.

But instead of buying it through the Chanel boutique, I decided to try out the pre-owned market. There will be My Experiences with Shopping on the Vestiaire Collective post coming up so stay tuned.

I had watched various YouTubers use and shop on pre-owned sites (videos that helped me):

Chase Amie’s video on buying pre-loved Chanel Bags

Lydia Elise Millen buying from the Vestiaire Collective

Jerusha Couture on her Fashionphile Collection

So I was confident that buying from Vestiaire Collective would be a great way to find high quality, authentic designer bags for good deals. I know that there have been some negative points made about shopping on Vestiaire, but during my one purchase there, I didn’t experience anything like this.

Questions to Ask

Deciding Which Bag.

This may sound obvious to the reader here. ‘Just buy a Chanel bag, they all look the same’.

Yeah it wasn’t that simple.

For me, buying a Chanel bag goes between two styles. The 2.55 Reissue Bag and the Classic Flap. I love the Boy Bag, but it just wasn’t for me as my first Chanel bag. I wanted to go classic.

With the Classic Flap, you have the interlocking CC’s for the lock, with the siluotte of the 2.55 bag, and with the Reissue 2.55, this is slightly different look and style.

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Image Credit – Designer-Vintage

 

I decided to go for the Classic Flap. I love the Reissue and would definitely purchase it in the future, but for my first one, I knew that I wanted the real classic look.

The second question I asked was, ‘What size should I go’.

Now this one really took a while to answer. I knew I was going to have to go for Medium or Jumbo (for my first investment piece, I couldn’t go Small) but as I never saw a side-by-side comparison in real life, I had to rely on YouTube once more to guide me.

Videos I found useful during this time:

What’s in my Bag – Alexis AKA MissTrenchcoat

Carol Summers – Jumbo vs Maxi

Chase Amie – Ultimate Chanel Guide

And after a lot of debating, I decided upon a Jumbo. The Medium Large was a close contender but I didn’t want to ever regret buying it when I couldn’t fit things in. I know that one day I’ll end up buying a Medium Large (probably in another type of leather – more about this further down)  but I really had to take time over my decision.

If anybody’s interested, sizing can be found on Chase Amie’s blog.

(If any readers have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!)

 

 Leathers

So, here I am. Decision has been made. I’m going to buy a Chanel Jumbo. I know it’s going to be in black, as I wear a lot of dark colours and it’ll just go. But now, I have to think. What leather? And what colour hardware?

Through my studies, Chanel Jumbos usually come in either Lambskin or Caviar leather. More exotic materials can be found on pricier models, but I knew that would be far out of my league.

So what’s the difference?

Lambskin is known to be the more luxurious type of leather. One that needs to be treated with just a little more TLC. Lambskin feels a lot richer to the touch, and is highly coveted for people who collect Chanel seriously. Smaller bags – like evening bags/special occasion bags look better in lambskin.

Caviar Leather is a lot more durable and can hold up to the daily bumping/scratching that can happen to your bags. It is worth to note that Caviar can look a lot nicer on bigger bags, just due to the surface area. Caviar is also preferrable on bags worn cross body. With its pebbled texture, Caviar bags can feel a little younger than its lambskin counterparts.

So for me, it was really a no-brainer. I’m not particularly babyish about my bags, so I decided upon a Caviar Leather. I knew I would be using it as a going out bag as well as a day bag, so I wanted to give it a fighting chance.

Videos I found useful during this decision making:

HappyPursuits – 20 Key Considerations between Lambskin and Caviar

Mel in Melbourne – Lambskin vs Caviar Scratch Test

Hardware?

Once again, this was a pretty tough decision. For me, Chanel looks its best in gold hardward. Gold and black really screams out C in class for Chanel in my mind, but I had to be serious about it. I wear very little gold jewellery, or have warmer shades of clothing. I’m far more a silver person. I also love the muted style of a Chanel Jumbo with silver hardware. It looks a little less showy-off than its gold version sibling. Chanel’s gold hardware is also a very yellowy gold, so you’ve got to bear that in mind.

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Image Credit: Lollipuff

Single or Double Flap

On the resell market, the Chanel Single Flap is quite a big deal. A lot of people prefer the single flap to the double due to it being lighter, roomier and now harder to find due to it only available on the resell market.

The double flap is know to be a lot heavier yet has the added advantage of being more secure. They are also known for holding their shape a lot better.

When I bought my bag, the decision between single and double flaps didn’t really cross my mind. It was only afterwards that I found out about the advantages of a single flap, but I don’t regret my decision in the slightest.

A video that explains this further is here

My Final Decision

So, here I was. I had made my decision.

A Chanel Jumbo Double Flap in Caviar Leather with Silver Hardware.

I couldn’t wait to buy it and try it on.

Please come back for my second installment which includes my four month review of this bag.

Louis Vuitton Jeanne Wallet – First Impressions and Review

For readers of this blog, I’m sure it’s become apparent to you that I’m a big fan of Louis Vuitton. As you’ve read on my other reviews (Speedy, Neverfull, Coin Purse) I find the brand to have products that are both good value for money, as well as being highly durable. So when I decided that I wanted a new wallet, I knew that it was going to be a Louis Vuitton. But as the brand has over 30 different designs, with countless other colours/fabrics etc, I knew that this was going to be a hard decision.

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I was originally going for the Caïssa wallet, as I liked the design and the slimness, but then I realised that all my cards/cash wouldn’t fit in it. I’m definitely somebody who carries a lot with them in their wallet. I carry stamp cards, pictures, handwritten notes and receipts on my day to day basis, and I’ve done this for years. So I thought that I may have to save up more for something like the Insolite organiser.

But when I stumbled upon the Jeanne wallet on their website, I knew that this was the one that had caught my heart.

And upon purchasing it in the Nice boutique in the South of France in May, I fell more in love with the practicality of it, and how it feels so different from anything I’ve ever owned before.

The Wallet – Size/Design

The Jeanne Wallet is definitely a lot wider than some of the other designs – easily spanning the width of my hand and has an envelope design, as opposed to the accordion design of something like a Zippy. So if you’re wanting a slim, small wallet that will easily fit inside a narrower bag like a Chanel Boy or a Gucci Soho, this may not be the one for you.

With a metal button holding the wallet together (I preferred this design against the leather button of the Josephine, as I’ve heard that can get quite badly worn after multiple use) the wallet opens to reveal a-shaped slot in the front in which a card holder sits very snugly.

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Now, this is the beauty of the wallet for me. The wallet comes with one large open pocket along the back (this is where I’ve put my paper stamp cards and train/railway tickets) and inside it has 6 in-built card slots and one large open section.

Within this interior open section, a detachable zipped coin purse sits very snugly, with a V-shaped cut out design that is perfect for quickly putting a bank card or ID if you just wanted to put your cards/money into a smaller bag.

For my wallet, I have the Monogram print with the Fuchsia interior. You can also get it in the very popular Rose Ballerine colour, and I’ve even heard you can combine colours to make a trio of different colours for your wallet if you visit the right Louis Vuitton.

But I have mine in one whole colour. Although I’ve heard the Rose Ballerine is very beautiful to look at, it apparently marks very badly. And when you’ve got coins or notes rubbing up against the lining, this could very quickly become an issue.

Durability/Usability

For me, I love that the wallet features a detachable card holder and coin purse – as it offers a huge selection of choice. You can take out the card holder for a night out (the card holder has one slot in the front, and can hold two extra cards inside) or you can put your card in the coin purse etc.FullSizeRender (3)
Or, if you just wanted to grab your coin purse (perfect for car-parking/meters or public transport), you don’t have to carry your whole wallet out. Everything is completely detachable and sits very nicely together when completely full. The wallet is fairly heavy when completely stuffed – at the moment, I have quite a lot of coins and cards, so I can vouch for how weighty it is.

Like all Louis Vuitton products, this has the signature Canvas/Leather mix, so it is very durable. I’ve spilt suncream, makeup and toothpaste on my wallet, and all it needs is a quick wet wipe clean. The button closure at the front feels very secure and never pings open, but I am very cautious about completely overstuffing it.

What I have noticed about this wallet is that when you do fill it up, you have to be aware that the pockets stretch. I’ve noticed it particularly on the back open section, as it really has stretched a fair bit, and I’m not sure that even if I take all the stuff out, it may not spring back to flatness. So far nothing has fallen out of the stretched sections, but I will make sure I update this page if something has happened.

I know a lot of people don’t like this when it happens to their products, as they want them to remain fairly pristine, so you’ll have to bear it in mind.

Price 

Louis Vuitton prices range from fairly low to quite high in their luxury goods sections, and wallets are no exception. Online, the Jeanne wallet retails (as of June 2017) for £355, but as I bought my abroad, I paid £331. Now, whether this is because of the Euro-Sterling exchange rate at the time, I’m not sure. So definitely check your prices when you’re abroad.

Is it Worth it?

As you can probably tell, I’m a big Louis Vuitton fan. So I think that the whole brand is worth the money. If you’re wanting to dip your toe in the world of luxury goods, a wallet is a good way to go, as it’s not a huge investment like a bag, and one that you could probably resell for a little loss on authentic preloved sites.

What I love about the Jeanne wallet is that it’s almost customisable. You can take out what you want for the day, and know that it will always come back together well. So it works for both big bags and small bags. And for the price point (bearing mind its only a little bigger than a Zippy, and the wallets start at around the £500 mark), you’re well worth trying it out.fullsizerender-1.jpg

Jeanne Facts and Figures 

– 19 x 11 x 1 cm (length x height x width)
– 7.5 x 4.3 x 0.4 inches

Check out Louis Vuitton’s website for more information.

Longchamp Le Pliage Large Tote – First Impressions and Review.

When it comes to designer bags, I think I’ve invested wisely in particular brands/styles. If you’re curious about the pieces I’ve bought, then please take a while to look through my Neverfull review and Speedy review posts. However, recently I found myself at a bit of a loss when it came to deciding between my two Louis Vuitton’s. Due to the ever-changing nature of British weather, I needed a tote bag (for University and workimg_4073) that wouldn’t be as open as my Neverfull, but was both waterproof and smart. I also needed something that could double as an overnight bag, but wouldn’t look too oversized.
Through my research, I kept stumbling upon the Longchamp Le Pliage bags, and was intrigued by all the positive reviews that I found. For the price point (around £75) this line of bags has had devotees from the Duchess of Cambridge to It-Girl Alexa Chung, and was on the rise in popularity in my town.

So, after deciding upon a colour (Blue Mist – currently in stock for anyone curious) I had my sent from Selfridges to my work address, and I instantly fell in love with the practicality of such a well-constructed bag.

Made out of water-resistant Nylon, with a wipe-clean exterior and interior, this bag is incredibly roomy. I can easily pack my laptop, University books, change of clothes and my everyday essentials for a night away, and still have room to spare. With only a small inner pocket (big enough for some loose change and cards for ease of access) it is a real tote bag in all senses of the word. The Le Pliage also comes with beautiful cowhide snap closure and straps. At the moment, these straps haven’t lost their rigidity, so I do find that they can slip off my shoulder as I’m carrying it, but I’m sure that once they get a little more worn in, they’ll be fine. The straps are a lot thicker than that of the Neverfull, but I don’t find this an issue.

With a zip along the length of the entire bag, along with the snap closure, I feel quite safe carrying belongings in here as I think it’s quite secure. I’ve used this bag as a day-to-night bag, and even from University to date night, which is something I’m pleased that it can accommodate with. So far, it’s proved quite durable, and has dealt with some pretty horrific weather without anything getting wet, which also impressed me.

The Longchamp also has this nifty trick of being able to fold up to the size of a paperback book, which will be useful for the travelling that I intend on doing in the next week.

img_4069All in all, I’ve found no faults with this bag so far, apart from the slight grievance about the rigidity of the leather straps. However, I’m not sure over how durable it’ll be in the long run, but we shall have to see. For £75, I would definitely purchase again.

I bought my bag via Selfridges, and found the delivery and packaging quite satisfactory (you get a tracking number and necessary documentation) and my bag is in the colour Blue Mist – a choice so I could transition this bag from winter to summer without any clashes.

But if you’ve got a Longchamp or anything similar, I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment!

Longchamp’s Website

Stranger Things – TV Series Review (2016)

Title: Stranger Things

Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton

Series Running Time: July 2016-Present Day

Genre: Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Period Drama, Mystery

Rating: 5/5


After suffering from a nasty bout of food poisoning over the weekend, I couldn’t muster up enough energy to do any University work, or really anything for that matter. So, I decided to indulge myself and watch the highly acclaimed series ‘Stranger Things’, which became the hit cult show of the summer through the streaming site, Netflix. Continue reading

Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company 2016 Production) – Theatre Review.

Title: Hamlet

Cast: Paapa Essiedu, Marcus Griffiths, Tanya Moodie, Cyril Nri, Natalie Simpson, Clarence Smith, Ewart James Walters, James Cooney, Bethan Cullinane.

Director: Simon Godwin

Venue: Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon


As I’ve said before, being an English student has given me the opportunity to watch dozens of adaptations, performances, reimaginations and versions of William Shakespeare’s plays. Howevhamlet_production_photos_march_2016_2016_photo_by_manuel_harlan_c_rsc_187355-tmb-img-820er, when I had the privilege to watch the 2016 Royal Shakespeare Company’s production, I felt like I was watching something entirely new and entirely different.

Although still set nominally in Denmark, the play gives us something new and takes on a west African flavour. With cultural heritage and identity crisis at its core, Hamlet is first shown at his graduation ceremony oversees, but the death of his father makes him rush home to a country that he now feels completely lost in. And with the subsequent marriage of his mother to his father’s brother (later revealed his father’s power-hungry murderer), Hamlet is completely lost in the Danish court.

For the first time in RSC’s 55-year history, the titular character of Hamlet was given to a black actor. And what a marvel he has turned out to be. Paapa Essiedu shone with all the poise and calm of a seasoned actor, but with the young age of 25 and a baby-face to match, it is clear that this young man will become something of a success story in the coming years. When he spoke the immortal and well-loved soliloquy starting with ‘To be or not to be’, it was then we saw the once-suited and smart Prince turn into something new. We watch as tears roll down his face, his eyes half-closed and as though the words are tumbling from his mind. It is then we see Hamlet’s descent into madness and despair.

The cast were all beautifully selected, and fit in their respective roles well. We see Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude (portrayed by Tanya Moodie) fall from a dignified and regal queen, into a shell-shocked mess, and Natalie Simpson’s Ophelia is sweet, suitably sassy and cocky in the first half, but distressingly unhinged towards the end. Edward James Walters also gave a chilling performance as the Ghost, as he rose in a mist of dry ice and traditional African costume, and Clarence Smith’s Claudius was sleek and well mannered. However, one of my personal favourite’s was definitely the portrayal of Polonius. Cyril Nr'Hamlet' Play directed by Simon Godwin performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, UKi has given Polonius a new breath of life, by making him somewhat of a court jester, as well as a scatty and fussy parent.

With Hamlet, so much has been done with it in the past, it may have been challenging to breath new life into this timeless play. However, with a thrilling soundtrack of drums, limb-jerking dancing and graffiti, Simon Godwin’s Hamlet is visceral, raw and gives us a rising star who doesn’t so much as shine but blaze as our mercurial Dane.

Hamlet is at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon until August 13th. Book now, or see it live at participating cinemas. Visit The Royal Shakespeare Company website for dates.

 

 

Pretty Little Liars (2010-2016) TV Series Review

Title: Pretty Little Liars

Cast: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Sasha Pieterse, Ian Harding, Tyler Blackburn, Janel Parrish

Series Running Time – 2010-Present Day

Genre: Murder-Mystery, Teenage Drama, Thriller

Rating: 4/5


It doesn’t take a lot for me to get sucked into a television show. Give me anything with either a good cast, great storylines or even plenty of seasons, and I’ll probably get stuck into it and become obsessed very quickly. I also use television series’ as background noise for my everyday life. For example, whilst I was writing my dissertation, I kept Parks and Recreation on and just sped through the whole lot in a few weeks.

And I’ve been aware of Pretty Little Liars for quite a while now, but I never thought it would be my thing. But after watching Gossip Girl, and searching online for similar programmes, I decided to cave in and just watch the pilot of PLL to see what it was. And oh, what a pilot. Now, as I stand, writing this in January 2016, Pretty Little Liars has just come back from its mid-season break, and premiered the pretty-little-liarssecond part of Season 6 which is set five years in the future. But as this second part is so vastly different from the past episodes, I thought I’d do a review on those.

So what is Pretty Little Liars all about? Well, if you focus on the tagline of the first season, ‘Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret’, I think that gives you a good overview of the entire show. Loosely based on the book series by Sara Shepard, and set in the fictional, small town of Rosewood, the series surrounds the entwining lives of four friends, Aria Montgomery (Hale), Spencer Hastings (Bellisario), Emily Fields (Mitchell) and Hannah Marin (Benson) as they struggle with the sudden disappearance of their clique leader, Alison (Pieterse). But, as the first anniversary of Alison’s disappearance passes, the girls begin to receive mysterious messages from a figure known only as ‘A’, who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets. And, at first, the girls believe it is Alison, but after her body is found, they all start to realise that a much bigger, and more dangerous game is being played with them.

The five seasons then predominantly follow the girls attempting to discover who ‘A’ is, and being led down false trails and having red herrings thrown left, right and center. There are different characters being accused of being ‘A’, but then being revealed not to be, and there are also little sideplots following other characters, but ultimately we discover that a lot centers on Alison, her friends and their secrets. Alison, as we discover throughout the series, was a lot deeper and more complex person than initially perceived, and she had secret dalliances all over Rosewood. And initally minor characters, like Melissa Hastings and Jessica DiLaurentis, equally have their own part to play in the ‘A’ storyline. The four main girls also have their own episodes and plotlines given to each of them, and issues with weight, drink and drug dependency, first loves, questions of sepretty_little_liars_640xuality and bullying are all explored in quite a well documented and sensitive manner.
So, is it a good series? Overall the acting is fairly good, and the girls all play off each other well. In the group, the girls are quite different and that provides interesting watching, as there is a brainy one, a creative one, a fashionable and canny one, and a sporty one, so for the audience, there will be one that individuals find to be most relatable. Each of the girls also have their own relationship with Alison, and we see how differently they took her disappearance.

For the tone of the show, there is an overwhelming sense of intensity throughout the five seasons, as the tension between the girls and ‘A’ really ramps up to dangerous levels. We also watch the girls grow, and change as a result of the bullying from their tormentor, as they begin to realise that their past actPLL4123ions as ‘social queen bees’ may have not been all that positive to outsiders. At some moments, the tension is almost unbearable, an
d there is some genuinely quite scary bits. The figure of ‘A’ is definitely the most intriguing, as their reasons for targeting the girls isn’t clear at first, nor is how they can do it. But as time passes, it is all revealed in a very detective mystery-esque feel.

However, there are so moments whilst watching that you do just want it to revealed. It takes 130 episodes for ‘A’ to be unmasked and their motives to be explained, and sometimes you do feel like it will never end. And that can make you feel bogged down. There are also moments when you feel like the writers are just scraping the barrel for the next possible suspects. And to me, the big ‘A’ reveal wasn’t all that great. I felt like some of the fan’s theories would have made more entertaining viewing. But, that is just my opinion.

But, all in all, the series is very addictive, and it does hook you into the ‘who is A?’ story arc so much that you do become emotionally involved in whenever a possible theory of ‘A’ is revealed. I watched the entire series as it was on the mid-season break before the latest episodes came out, so I had to be very cautious over making sure I wasn’t spoilt for who ‘A’ was, as I was that intrigued over who or how it was going to be revealed. I know I’m going to carry on watching it, and if you want a ‘Gossip Girl’/’Twin Peaks’ series, I’d recommend Pretty Little Liars.

But let me know if you’ve watched PLL, or anything similar! I’d love to hear!

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 30 – First Impressions and Review

So, after a good 10 years of pining, making scrapbook pages and just lusting hopelessly, I finally got to get my dream handbag of a Louis  Vuitton Speedy 30 as a graduation gift. And now, after a month and a bit of using it virtually everyday, I think I can finally write a review on it as being an investment piece, and as an everyday handbag.
So, which handbag did I pick?

The Speedy collection ranges in different sizes – from the teensy Nano through to the 25-40 versions, and with a variety of prints and colours at your disposal:

  • The Monogram – traditional LV printed monogram.
  • The Damier Ebene – brown checkered print.
  • The Damier Azure – cream and blue/grey checkered print.

There are plenty of options for your personal taste. With the addition of the crossbody strap, the Speedy evolves into the Bandouliére design, which in turn also has the Monogram, Damier and the Empreinte design (a embossed leather finish in a variety of colours).

So, as you can see, there is a lot of different colours, styles and choices to make. I chose the Monogram print, as I’ve always loved the LV print over the checkered brown, and I like the idea of the pale patina leather (more of that down below).

Now, I’m a girl who carries the world and its kitchen sink in my bag. As a reader, I always have to have a book with me, and usually there’s chargers, cardigans and just an assortment of crap that gets shoved in the bottom of my bag in case I need it. So I prefer handbags that have a crossbody strap, as it bears some weight off my wrists and has that added security bonus. So for me, the Bandouliére was the perfect design.

But what I get most asked is’how much was it?’, and the answer is very simple. It cost £790. And don’t get me wrong, I appreciate how lucky I am to own this bag, and to be given it as a gift was incredibly generous of my family. But for a designer bag that has been tried-and-tested to be long-lasting, and virtually indestructible as a everyday bag, I think it is worth every penny. Another interesting fact I was told is that the pale calfskin colour of the strap, handles and side would darken in time due to the use and exposure to the elements, which I personally cannot wait for. I love that the bag changes as the years go past, as it shows that I’ve been using it.

So, how does this bag fare? Well, whilst I was at the shop, I was allowed to test out both the 30 and 35 size, as I wasn’t sure how big and deep the bags were. And for me, as a big-bag lover, the 30 was the perfect size. It has plenty of room inside for everything I need, and I’m sure that if I needed to, I could turn this into an overnight bag.

If you detach the shoulder strap, the 30 still retains that capable and comfortable handbag feel, whilst to me, the 35 would have looked a little oversized. However, you need to be mindful of the openings of both bags. The zip opening of the 30 is fine for me, but I do find myself sometimes slotting things in at an angle to actually get them into the bag. The 35 may also have the added room so you can completely overfill your bag with every possible necessity, and it not appearing fit to burst. But, it’s entirely up to you and your personal preference.

The bag is brown canvas inside, so there is no worry of scratching any soft leather if you shove your life into this bag, and it has one inside pocket. The inside pocket isn’t the most open or widest pocket ever, so usually I just stick something flat inside there,such as train tickets or keys. The bag also comes with the added security of a lock and key.

I also chose the Bandouliére over the traditional Speedy due to the added shoulder strap, and security that it brings. The Speedy’s handles are notoriously small, so really it can only be held in the hands or in the crock of the elbow. And sometimes, when you have a lot of stuff in your bag, or you just want to have it out of the way, that can feel a bit overwhelming or heavy. Also, despite the Classic Speedy having flaps for a possible strap, these are just punctuared holes in a piece of leather, so if you overburdened your bag, and had a strap holding it up, it may rip and completely disfigure the shape of your bag.

With the Bandouliére’s reinforced side panels, hooks and having actual measures put in to make sure a strap is a viable option, I chose that one. The strap is also an interesting piece of workmanship, as it’s
not just one long piece of leather with an adjustable slide, but actually two straps that buckle together. So this can be switched up to be either a crossbody bag, for those times when you just want to sling it across and forget about it, or a fashionable shoulder bag. The straps also have three different lengths, so you honestly can mix it up so many ways. However, you must be warned. The Bandouliére is +£200 more expensive than the Classic Speedy in the same size. So there are positives and negatives to that.

So how is this bag boxed, and how was the customer service? Customer service was exemplary. As I went into the New Bond Street’s Louis Vuitton, I was greeted by a host of store members who cooed over the fact that this was my first LV. My server was a lovely Asian lady called Grace, who brought out every bag I asked for, gave me all the information I could ask, and brought over some complimentary drinks which really added to the vibe. She explained everything to me, and let me have a look around the shop as she got my bag ready.

Now, how was the boxing? I must say, the packaging for these bags is well done. I got dustbags, boxes, ribbons and all the bells and whistles. Even the receipt was on plush paper and inside a little envelope. But the actual boxing? For ease of transporting, size and whatnot, your bag is folded up and flat-packed into the box. And some people may like that. But for me, it was a bit of an ‘oh…’ moment. Because you are paying quite a lot of money (in my mind anyway), and to see your bag being folded up is just a bit odd. I guess if you were buying a more expensive bag, it wouldn’t get manipulated that way, but who knows. So afterwards, the bag did need a few days being padded out and warped back into shape. The Monogram Canvas bag isn’t actually full leather (a fact I didn’t know) so it can be moved into those positions and squished without too much damage. But I guess that is why it lasts. I can be tossed around, and it will last.

But all in all, I love my bag. I know some people find the Monogram print a bit tacky, and copied. And I was torn between the Speedy and the Neverfull (which is going to be my next splurge), but this is me getting my lifelong dream bag. I use it all the time, it’s a perfect transitionary piece between all the seasons, night and day, and it just screams class in my opinion. I am so happy with it!

But if you have any questions on this bag, please let me know below. I hope this is enough of a review.

But let me know if you’ve got a Louis Vuitton, and whether you think it’s worth it!