Another picture of the re-issues in from top to middle: the white re-issue in the 224 size, the black re-issue in 226/227, and the grey re-issue in the jumbo 228 size. picture from thefashionspot.com
After the agony of waiting nearly two months on the waitlist for it, I finally laid my hands on the iconic Chanel bag for this F/w season.
The date was September 1st and I harassed, begged and threatened The Boyfriend till he agreed to drive me down to South Coast Plaza that day to pick up my re-issue.
It has been a long wait. Prior to that day, I was on the wait-list for the large size (the 227) in white. I got a call from my Chanel SA in mid-August to go down to the store to view the bags in real life. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to pick up my re-issue that day as the official launch date for these babies was the 1st September in the US. After viewing the bags in various sizes in white, grey and black, I fall in love with the black re-issue in the same size - something about the combination of the black distressed leather, tarnished gold hardware and the delicate gold filigree shoulder chain convinced me that this was the one to get. Regrettably, I had to give up my white re-issue (if money was not a problem, I'll get all three!!), but my wonderful SA worked her magic and guaranteed me a black re-issue for collection when I returned on the 1st September. Take that, waitlist!! :p
So finally, the day came. As I walked into the store, MY bag was there for me, all wrapped up in a be-ribboned black box. As my SA gingerly unwrapped the box and took my precious bag out of it, it was all I could do not to snatch it from her. I probably piroutted and posed several times in front of the full length mirrors in the Chanel store, it was perfect, perfect, perfect! The size, the hardware, the leather, the colour, I had a feeling that I was going to be using this bag very often!
Initially I was really worried that the 227 would be too large for me, however after trying it on again, I was convinced that I had made the correct decision. I already had another 2.55 for my lady-like ensembles, this was the time to go for something with that little extra, that X-factor and a hard-edged vibe. The black re-issue in the 227 meet my requirements perfectly, it was vintage and distressed, yet not too large to be disproportional. Thus far, I have worn it with a lot of things in my clost and I am excited to see what else I can pair it with!
These are the photos that I took of myself with my re-issue on that very day:
Pictures of me with my black re-issue.
And for an idea of proportion, here's a picture of my re-issue with my red Chanel 2.55: