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How to Care for Your Chanel Bag; by Elizabeth Bernstein

Elizabeth Berstein, Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories at PORTERO

As you know, here at PORTERO we sell authentic, pre-loved and pristine designer handbags, including Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Céline, and more. It’s important to keep your designer bag in the best condition possible, because with the proper care, they can be passed on from generation to generation. Should you ever wish to sell or consign your bag, you will get the best price if you’ve kept your Chanel bag in the best condition possible throughout the years.

Our Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, explains how to keep your Chanel bag in excellent condition.

Before using a Chanel bag for the first time, are there any steps one can take to keep it in excellent condition?
Never use product on your Chanel bag yourself. If your Chanel bag ever needs conditioning, take it to a Chanel boutique for servicing. Once you or a third party does work on a Chanel bag, it loses its quality and product integrity, and may lose most of its resale value as a result. Best to only let Chanel take care of Chanel!

What are some of the things to avoid when carrying your Chanel bag? 
I always say NEVER put pens in your bag. You can always borrow a pen from someone, but you cannot ever remove major pen stains from the inside of your bag. If you need one, keep it in a plastic container. Same with all liquids, or makeup. Keep anything that could damage the bag inside of a plastic bag, and then inside of a makeup pouch. I very often use a small shoe dust bag to house all of my pouches in, like cosmetics, cell phone case, etc. This way you also do not put dents on the inside of your bag.

How can one best protect their Chanel bag from the rain?
Don’t let it get wet! If you know it’s going to rain, keep a plastic bag inside your purse, to bag it if you have to run through the rain. If you don’t have one, stop at a store to ask for one, or cover it up with your coat. Don’t be shy! Chanel bags do not come with a raincoat like Hermès bags – so better safe than sorry!

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Jewelry from Chanel to Liven up Your Wardrobe

When it’s time to put your money where your mouth is, you want to go to the brand that never goes out of fashion. Who wouldn’t want a little more Chanel on their arm?  In honor of the legendary French fashion designer, a roundup of our five favorite Coco Chanel quotes that are full of stylish wisdom and wit, while spotlighting some of the chicest Chanel jewelry.

Luxury Must be Comfortable, Otherwise it is Not Luxury
A Chanel charm bracelet is a fun way to make a statement. When you mix some yellow gold with a smattering of rhinestones, the overall look is modern and sleek, which goes with absolutely everything.
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In Order to be Irreplaceable, You Must Always Be Different
Coupled with the fact that we’re obsessed with the Chanel C’s, it’s common knowledge that you can’t go wrong with a classic Chanel logo with enough rhinestones to go with your rock and roll mini or your vintage denim and heels.
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I Don’t Do Fashion, I am Fashion
No matter what your personal earring style is: studs, drops, or dangling – these Chanel logo clip on earrings are major eye candy. We would wear these with a cropped tuxedo jacket, a flirty cocktail dress or a power suit.
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A Girl Should be Two Things: Classy and Fabulous
How incredible is this Chanel choker? It is a little bit tough girl, a little bit chic, and versatile enough to enhance a maxi dress, biker jacket or an evening gown to highlight its unique hardware.
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Fashion Fades, only Style Remains the Same
This vintage Chanel necklace can seriously step up your style, whether you’re wearing it with a structured jacket or with your Sunday-Brunch outfit. It’s a sartorial marriage between whimsical and chic.
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Inside a double flap bag

Take a closer look: Inside a Chanel 2.55 bag

The double flap got its name for a reason — there are two closures. Inside, you’ll find rich burgundy leather that connects back to Coco. The mademoiselle grew up in an orphanage and the color echoes the orphans’ uniforms.

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To Coco Chanel on her 130th birthday

In Mademoiselle Chanel’s own words: “A girl should be two things: Classy and fabulous.”

Featured: A classic Chanel quilted 2.55 double flap bag.

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Painting a portrait of Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel’s image was very important to her. So much so that she didn’t let Pablo Picasso paint her. She did, however, let her friend Marion Pike create several portrait, which will be featured in an upcoming exhibition in London. Meet you there?

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The story behind Coco Chanel’s favorite flower: The Camellia

One of the most amazing things about Chanel – vintage and new – is how Coco Chanel’s personal story is reflected over and over again in the details.

That goes right down to the camellia flowers, featured on bags and jewelry. We read about the rich history in Elle magazine. “Talk about love at first sight: Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel fell head over heels for the camellia after one was given to her by her polo-playing lover, Boy Capel. She started pinning silk versions to her lapels, her hair and the blossoms found a home on the black-and-gold-laquered Coromandel screens in her apartment at 31, rue Cambon.”

In Southeast Asia, where the bloom originated, the camellia represents longevity. Truly apropos.

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Giveaway! Win this Chanel 2.55 bag + a guide to everything you want to know about it

Do you think of yourself as a doyenne of fashion? Perhaps, a doyenne of Chanel? Portero wants to help you dress the part. Along with SheFinds and Joyus, we’re giving away this stunning Chanel Black Metallic Leather 2.55 Reissue 228 Jumbo Flap Bag. You can enter here before Friday, April 5.

In case you’re a doyenne-in-training, here’s the scoop on this classic Chanel handbag:

The lock: It’s the original Chanel bag lock (before those interlocking CCs). Known as the Mademoiselle lock because Coco Chanel never married and became a madame.

The 2.55 name: The famous numerals come from the date of the bag’s original release in February 1955 as in 2/55.

The interior: A burgundy lining that echoes the orphans’ uniforms.

The chain: The double chain strap refers to Coco’s orphanage roots, where her caretakers would dangle their keys from similar chains.

The zippered compartment: Every Mademoiselle needs a place to stash her love letters.

The 228: Refers to the size. This is a very rare extra large Jumbo. The ranges is from 224 to 228.

Bon chance! 

 

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Feeling the subtle shimmer of this Chanel WOC

We’re getting ready for some holiday cheer and this pewter Chanel wallet-on-a-chain is at the top of our wish list.

Shiny, goes with everything and in excellent condition.

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Enter to win this Chanel bag!

Do you have a go-to little black bag? Well, ta-da! We want to make sure one lucky winner is set for life with our latest sweepstakes.

We’ve teamed with our fashionable friends Styleite and Joyus to giveaway this authentic pre-owned Chanel chevron flap bag. It features black lambskin, a chevron flap and gold hardware. Though it goes with everything, you can find a new outfit — along with plenty of inspiration — on Joyus, which has sweetened the sweepstakes with a $500 gift card.

One caveat: We really want pictures of your fabulousness.

Enter here – through Nov. 18th.