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Types of Chanel Leathers and Skins

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Chanel has immortalized itself as one of the world’s chicest and classiest brands, completely in tuned with the stylish and functional needs of its devotees. From the iconic Classic Chanel Flap to the most avant-garde of designs, Chanel never disappoints when it comes to elegance and impeccable craftsmanship. Below, our Senior Director of Handbags and accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, has compiled six of the most common Chanel leathers and materials used in their exquisite handbags, in alphabetical order.

1. Calfskin

Chanel Calfskin Leather

Calfskin leather is one of Chanel’s most versatile materials, being offered in many presentations, like Aged Calfskin, Glazed Calfskin, and Metallic Calfskin. Produced from cow hide, calfskin leather, with its small grain, is quite smooth to the touch, and looks beautiful when quilted, as seen on this Black Quilted Calfskin Boy Bag. This bag represents a smoother calfskin, whereas a distressed calfskin would have a heavier feel and looked more crinkled.

Read: Five Things to Know When Buying Vintage Chanel Bags

Chanel Calfskin Handbags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Silver Chanel Calfskin Reissue $2,799. Black Chanel Quilted Calfskin Jumbo Cambon Tote $1,550. Gold Chanel Aged Calfskin Lucky Charms Reissue bag $8,800. Gold Chanel Distressed Calfskin Wallet on Chain $3,600.


2. Caviar

Chanel Caviar Leather

Caviar leather has a very interesting look. Unlike Lambskin, Caviar is grainy and harder to the touch. This type of material is made out of grainy calfksin leather. Caviar leather is very durable and will not show scratches as easily as Lambskin. Although we recommend not using the same bag every day, caviar has the potential to be used more often, as it will not show significant wear over time. Rather than scratching or ripping, it will gain a nice sheen overtime from the natural patina of the leather.

Read: Chanel 2.55 Bags: Classic vs. Reissue

Caviar Leather Handbags available on PORTERO.comChanel Black Quilted Caviar Leather Jumbo Flap Bag $6,250. Pink Chanel Caviar Wallet On Chain $2,799. Pre-owned Black Jumbo Chanel Caviar Shopper Tote $1,699. Beige Chanel Quilted Caviar Classic Flap Bag $7,200.

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A French Connection; French Fashion Designers

What is it about the French that exemplifies elegance and sophistication? Is it something in the water, or the eau, is it the French air that makes French designers so effortlessly chic? French design is instantly recognizable by the clean silhouettes, and minimalist approach. The French truly believe that “Less is More,” after all, it was Mademoiselle Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel who first said “Before you go out, always take something off.” Get to know our Top 5 French Fashion Designers and maisons (in alphabetical order).

1. Cartier

CartierPre-owned Cartier Small Tank Francaise Watch $2,460. Cartier Ballon Bleu Watch with Diamonds $49,500.  Pre-owned Cartier Pasha C Watch $3,700. Pre-Owned Cartier Trinity Ring $8,200.

The “Jeweler to Kings and King of Jewelers,” Cartier was founded  in 1847, when Louis-François Cartier inherited a jewelry workshop in Paris from his master. However, it was his grandsons, Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, who are responsible for making Cartier a world-renowned brand. In 1904, Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend, Louis Cartier, how unreliable pocket watches were when flying. And so, Cartier designed a flat watch that could be worn around the wrist, with a distinctive square bezel, and Cartier’s first men’s wristwatch was born: The “Santos.”

Cartier timepieces are the pure definition of sophistication. From the sleek elegant lines of a Cartier Tank to the masculine details on the Cartier Roadster, each Cartier watch model is a true classic.

In addition to creating iconic timepieces, Cartier has created some of the most coveted jewelry of all time, including the iconic LOVE collection.

Read: The Story Behind the LOVE Collection.

2. Chanel


Pre-owned Chanel Classic Flap Bag $2,100. Chanel Purple Leather Bracelet $699. Chanel Diamond Watch $8,120. Chanel Pink Ombrè WOC $3,200.  Gold ChanelBoy Bag $7,500.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel had a very humble start in life, but now she is one of the most important people in the history of fashion. She began her business in 1909, when she opened a hat shop in Paris, which was very popular among ladies of society. A year later, she opened a bigger hat shop at 31 Rue Cambon, and two years later, Coco was selling pret-a-porter women’s clothes. Tired of the unnatural and uncomfortable fashion of the time, mademoiselle Chanel introduced a revolutionary line of clothing made out of jersey and other comfortable materials, that allowed women ease of movement.

Chanel further liberated women’s hands by creating the first bag with long straps, for toting leisure, when she created the Flap bag, one of the most recognizable handbags in the world. Today, the Chanel maison thrives under the direction of Karl Lageferld, continuing to surprise its devotees season after season, but while still keeping the elegance and sophistication first envisioned by Mademoiselle Chanel.

Also see: How to Care for your Chanel bag.

Read: Five Things to Know When Buying Vintage Chanel.

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Five Things to Know When Buying Vintage Chanel Bags sells authentic Chanel handbags

A girl can never have too much Chanel-  vintage or otherwise!

Below are five tips from our Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, to help you find the perfect vintage Chanel bag.

1. Know who’s selling

Vintage Chanel Bags on PORTERO.comVintage handbags available on


Chanel bags are immensely popular and recognized around the world (the Classic Chanel Flap is an iconic handbag), so it’s no surprise they are highly replicated. That’s why it’s important you do your research beforehand, and shop only with reputable sellers, like We have thousands of authentic designer items, including some beautiful, hard-to-find, vintage Chanel bags. Beware of small sellers and new sites popping up everywhere. Make sure you are shopping with a long-standing reputable business. And if the price is too good to be true, very likely it’s a fake!

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Take Me Out Tonight- Designer evening bags

Going Out Clutches

Whether you’re headed to a black-tie gala, a girl’s night out, or just a casual dinner with some friends, here at PORTERO we have designer evening bags to fit all your needs. Please note: all bag dimensions in the photos have been exaggerated. Always refer to the DETAILS section when purchasing an item to see measurements.

1. Anya Hindmarch Gold Pleated Valorie Clutch $290. Don’t let the gold tone fool you, this clutch can be used both for formal and more casual occasions, depending on your outfit. Gold pairs beautifully with red, black, and jewel tones, like emerald and sapphire blue. Play around with gold and find what works best for you.

2. Hermès Capucine Jige Elan Clutch $5,000. This beautiful Hermès clutch in Capucine Swift leather can be worn to compliment your look, or simply add a touch of color. We love pairing a black and white look with a red handbag!

3. Judith Leiber Purple Clutch $560. A perfect addition to your evening gown, this eye-catching Judith Leiber clutch with crystal is perfect for any formal occasion.

4. Fuchsia Chanel WOC $2,699. A Chanel Wallet on Chain is the perfect companion for a night out. It fits only the essentials, for those girls who don’t need more than their phone, some cash, and a lipstick. The beauty of the WOC is that it can also be worn during the day, especially in this bright fuchsia.

How to Find the Perfect Gift on

Buying the perfect gift is not easy, there are many factors to consider and there’s always the fear our loved one will end up disliking our gift and never use it. But there’s no need to fear anymore- with thousands of items on, ranging from small luxury accessories to luxury travel trunks, you are bound to find something your loved one will cherish forever.

We’ve put together a little guide to make the gift selecting process a lot easier.

1. Look at the CONDITION

Pristine Louis Vuitton Damier Petite MalleLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene Petite Malle $6,750


On PORTERO we have both pristine and pre-loved luxury items, ranging from Pristine to Good Condition. Pristine items will be in “like new” condition with no signs of wear, and will, in most cases, come with all accessories and box; exactly as it would come if you had purchased it directly from the store. Items in Excellent condition have very little wear, and any imperfections will be listed in the description. Very Good items will be in very good condition for their age, and Good condition will appear mildly to moderately worn.

Be sure you review the item completely to make sure it’s what you’re looking for.

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The ABCs of PORTERO- Part 1

Get to know, your online source for authentic, pristine and pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories.

A is for Alexis Clarbour, director of

Alexis Clarbour, Director of

A born and bred New Yorker, Alexis began her career in finance, working as a Nasdaq trader, before making the move to the luxury market. One of her first luxury splurges was a Tod’s bag, many years ago. Most recently, she purchased a Damier Azur Louis Vuitton Neverfull, “Perfect for summer,” she said, from PORTERO. If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to Bali, but without her phone! Alexis loves spending time with her son, and the most prized thing on her desk is a note from him, when he was four.

Alexis’ favorite item on the site is a Blue Atoll Kelly 35 in Togo Leather.


B is for Birkin bags

Shiny Crocodile BirkinShiny Crocodile 30 cm Birkin $82,00o


Many consider Hermès Birkin bags to be the holy grail of all handbags. With the high demand and low supply, it can take years to acquire a Birkin from a boutique. is one of the only online destinations where you can find authentic, pristine and pre-loved Hermès Birkins, without having to get on a waiting list. This explains why sometimes you will see higher prices on the newer bags; because instead of waiting, you can get one immediately, sent right to your door.

C is for Chanel

Classic Chanel Flap Bag available on PORTERO.comVintage Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag $4,600


Chanel has immortalized itself as one of the world’s most chic and classic brands, completely in tune with modern times, while keeping its classic and timeless appeal. At PORTERO you can find everything from the Classic Chanel Flaps, to Chanel Boy Bags, to beautiful Chanel  jewelry.

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Chanel handbags for sale at PORTERO

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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The Five Brands with Staying Power in the Secondary Luxury Market

Here at PORTERO we don’t want to just help you find the best luxury items, but we want to educate you on the secondary market, on what makes a great purchase, and which luxury accessories will hold their value over time.

“The secondary marketplace is very much like a commodity. Brands and their collections gain and lose value based on specific factors,” says Alexis Clarbour, the director of For example, you may pay full retail price on a certain bag, only to sell it a few years later and find out it has lost more than half of its retail value. The demand for certain brands and items varies over time, but there are five brands that have staying power in the secondary luxury market; meaning they are always in demand, and, should you wish to resell your items, will always get you a good profit.

Brands with Staying Power


  1. Bulgari. We have noticed an increase of interest in Bulgari, especially the Serpenti and Tubogas collections. The brand is also known for their colored gemstones, like these 18K yellow gold and pink tourmaline earrings.
  2. Cartier. Cartier is known for its fine jewelry and watches. The Cartier LOVE Bracelet, an iconic symbol of love, is a highly coveted piece that is in huge demand in the secondary market.
  3. Rolex. One of the brand’s most popular model; the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, is one of the most sought after timepieces by luxury watch lovers. It’s a great collector’s item that will undoubtedly hold its value over time.
  4. Chanel. As Chanel retail prices continue to rise, Chanel handbags and accessories, like this still Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag, can be found at excellent price points in the secondary marketplace.
  5. Birkin bag. It’s very hard to purchase a Birkin bag directly from Hermès, due to the high demand and low supply. However, you can find many Birkin bags in the secondary marketplace (here at PORTERO we have more than one hundred), which you can buy immediately; without having to get on a wait list. “If [a Birkin bag] is in excellent or pristine condition…one can receive a high premium to retail for that bag,” says our director, Alexis Clarbour. To find out more, see our feature on
Coco Chanel Camellia

Flowers in Spring; the Coco Chanel Flower

Chanel lovers are familiar with the camellia, the Coco Chanel Flower; a motif we see over and over again in the maison’s design – an emblem of House Chanel. Camellias originate in eastern and southeast Asia and are most revered in that region. For instance, in Korea, they are a symbol of longevity and faithfulness, making them a popular choice at weddings. In the West, they have come to symbolize desire, passion, and refinement. The camellia has inspired many artists, like author Alexandre Dumas, who wrote La Dame aux Camélias, or The Lady of the Camellias, which in turn inspired Italian composer to create his famous opera, La Traviata.

Madame Chanel was also inspired by the flower’s beautiful simplicity and round symmetry. It is said the camellia was Coco Chanel’s favorite flower. Her love for it originated thanks to her lover, Boy Capel (the origin of the Coco Chanel flower).

A sophisticated addition to your spring wardrobe would be one of these Chanel flower brooches. You can pin them to your lapel to spruce up your outfit, or to your bag to give it some authentic Chanel flair.

Coco Chanel Flower

White Chanel Camellia Flower Brooch Pin $229. The perfect way to tell someone they’re cared for is with a white camellia.

Beige Chanel Camellia Flower Brooch Pin $185. Camellias come in various shade of white, from cotton white, to having a bit of a cream tint. This beige camellia, though not found in nature, will add a touch of sophistication to any outfit.

Vintage Velvet Chanel Camellia Flower Brooch Pin $180. Brown is one of the colors we find most in nature, and according to color psychology, is a color that grounds us and makes us feel safe. The color of Mother Earth, this Chanel Flower brooch makes for a great neutral accessory.

Black Velvet Chanel Camellia Flower Brooch Pin $229. Black was a highly favored color of Madame Chanel, after all, she’s responsible for inventing the Little Black Dress.

Black and Gray Chanel Camellia Flower Brooch Pin $189. A pin with a print, for those days you need a neutral, yet exciting addition to your look.

Green Chanel Camellia Flower Brooch Pin $170. Though there is a genus of camellia that’s green, the camellia sinensis. It produces a white flower, and its oil is used for tea.

Large Chanel Multicolor Large Vinyl Flower Brooch Pin $139. This large vinyl flower will give the most conservative of outfits a fun and touch.

Light Blue Large Chanel Camellia Flower Brooch Pin $160. A nice color for summer, this large pin will certainly be a conversation starter.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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