Although I was technically in Vegas for Jewelry Market Week, I couldn’t pass up stopping by the Wynn hotel’s Chanel shop. In my experience, the Vegas locations seem to always get some great, limited-edition, unusual items that you just can’t find anywhere else. Case-in-point? The gorgeous matte blue stingray reissue with inlaid crystals you see above.
According to my helpful sales associate, this was one of two produced for the United States. And it was $16,000. So although I couldn’t buy it, I could definitely take a picture of it. I also took a picture of this beauty:
A fantastic alligator flap with sequins sewn into the scales. Yes, sequined alligator. As if the exotic skin wasn’t enough and you might need some extra flash.
Although most of us can’t afford these rare, brand new bags, there’s still hope! We have a few fantastic limited edition Chanel bags that will be in style forever. Here are my favorites:
Chanel Rare Deep Burgundy Chanel Exotic Alligator Skin Evening Flap Bag
Chanel Limited Edition Chanel XXL Patent Reissue Flap Bag
Chanel Fabulous Limited Edition Swarovski Lucky Charms Flap Bag
I was taking a look back through Style.com‘s Fall 2010 Accessory Report just to see if the predictions are as valuable as I thought–and guess what? Candy Pratts Price was right on the money with her choices. We’ve been featuring snakeskin bags all week on Portero.com, so her “Exotic Skins” category is really continuing to hit home for me.
While exotics like python, lizard or crocodile might not be easy on the wallet, they are extremely durable and will last a lifetime if properly cared for. Basically, these materials need to stay nourished in order to prevent drying, cracking or splitting. Here are some general rules of thumb:
-Never use household chemicals or alcohol to clean leather skins
-Snakeskin should always be cleaned in the direction of the scales
-Mink oil can be used on matte finishes of alligator/crocodile, but you should avoid the stitching when applying
-Keep out of extreme light, heat and wet conditions
One of my favorites currently for sale is the fabulous vintage Chanel Crocodile shoulder bag shown above. Interested in more exotic skins? Click here to shop.