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GUIDE TO CHANEL: CAVIAR VS LAMBSKIN

GUIDE TO CHANEL: CAVIAR VS LAMBSKIN

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Chanel Caviar or Lambskin? You'll probably hear this question more than once in the Chanel community – it is, after all, the most debated topic for many Chanel fans and bag lovers alike.

 

The answer to the question isn't as simple as you'd think. Both the lambskin and caviar have their share of advantages. Both types of leather are stunning, durable, and of impeccable quality. But, of course, the right leather depends on the individual's preference and lifestyle. Here are a few basic facts about the different leathers and how they differ.

Chanel Caviar vs Lambskin comparison

Chanel Caviar basics

  • Chanel's Caviar leather is essentially pebbled calfskin – "caviar" is just a chic namesake that Chanel uses. The visible grains on the leather make it sturdy and heavier than Lambskin. It is also less prone to scratches and blemishes than Lambskin.
  • Caviar is generally more popular than Lambskin and occasionally sells out in stores. Chanel's Caviar bags may be more exclusive and hard to get at retail. Rest assured, if you're having trouble finding one in Chanel boutiques, you can consistently score one in the resale market.
  • Caviar leather comes in different finishes, like matte, soft and shiny caviar. Shiny caviar is generally the most popular option for its look and durability.

 

 

Chanel Lambskin basics

  • Buttery soft and supple, Lambskin leather holds a special place in the Chanel world for its luxurious look and luxe hand. It features a subtle velvety sheen.
  • Most seasonal bags in gorgeous new colours are usually produced in lambskin than in caviar.
  • Lambskin requires care to keep it in pristine condition. It’s essential to store your Chanel Lambskin bag with the chains tucked inside to keep them from denting the leather. We also recommend moisturizing it often.
  • Lambskin may not be as delicate as you might think! You can use a soft buffer cloth to buff out light scratches and apply a leather protector to keep your bag in good condition.

 

 

Caviar vs Lambskin: Key Differences

Criteria
Caviar Leather
Lambskin Leather
Aesthetic
Caviar leather has a grainy pebbled finish. Many collectors see Caviar as the more casual, less formal alternative to Lambskin.
Lambskin has a glossier finish which gives it a more luxurious look. Bright colours also look more vibrant on Lambskin due to its ability to take on dyes.
Durability
Caviar is slightly heavier than Lambskin and is much more scratch and water-resistant. Even after many wear, the Caviar bags still maintain their condition.
Lambskin creases easier, and surface scratches are more prominent. As a result, Lambskin looks a little more worn and lived in after some time.
Colourfastness
Lighter coloured Caviar leather can be prone to colour transfer. Therefore, it is important not to wear it with dark fabrics as your bag could rub against your clothes and lose its colour.
Lambskin is known to hold colour better than Caviar. However, you have to be careful of leather scrapes.
Care
Perfect for everyday wear, Caviar is known for its practicality. In addition, it is relatively easier to maintain.
Lambskin is sensitive to water as water can cause watermarks or even mould. So keep it away from rain and prolonged sun exposure to prevent drying out your Lambskin!
Storage
Caviar has a sturdier and more rigid structure compared to Lambskin. Ideally, it would help if you stored the bag upright, well-padded, away from direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
Lambskin requires additional attention in storage. Ensure that you stuff the bag to keep its shape, cover the flaps with protective covers, and wrap the chains so the hardware won't damage the Lambskin.
Cost
Although Lambskin used to be the more expensive option around 10 years ago, both Caviar and Lambskin currently cost the same at retail.
In the resale market, Chanel Caviar bags tend to hold their condition better than Lambskin leather and this tends to fetch them higher prices.
A Chanel Lambskin bag can also fetch a high price due to demand – but you'll have to ensure that its condition has been properly maintained.

 

If you are purchasing your first Chanel bag, we would say go for the Lambskin as it is the quintessential Chanel bag and is perfect for special occasions.

 

However, if you are looking for an everyday bag, the Caviar would be a better option as it can withstand more wear. Also, if you're not one to be overly attentive to your bags, the Lambskin might not be for you as Lambskin requires a bit of "babying". With that said, we would also recommend caviar for classics as they also are more durable and can last longer.

 

There you have it, a complete guide to Chanel Caviar vs Lambskin leather. Which is your favourite, and which would you pick?

 

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