16A vs. 17P Caviar Boy Comparison *PHOTOS*

jilly.bean

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Hello TPFers!

I had the opportunity to purchase two old medium caviar Boy bags from different seasons and wanted to share a few comparison pictures in the event that anyone is curious how caviar differs between two seasons:

16A (left) vs. 17P (right):
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16A (bottom) vs. 17P (top):
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16A close up:
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17P close up:
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Noticeable differences:

  • 16A caviar is more matte and sleek
  • 16A quilts are more uniform and understated
  • 17P caviar is more shiny, soft, and almost plasticky
  • 17P quilts are more defined, plush/pillowy, and pinched
  • 17P bag is larger (approx half an inch taller in height) despite both priced at old medium size ($4,700)
**Note: Both bags were purchased from different stores.**

It’s so crazy how much caviar could vary between two seasons. I am very meticulous--it's almost ridiculous--when purchasing a new caviar piece (whether it’s a bag or SLG) because there is so much variance. I must admit that sometimes I ask my SA for multiple photos in different lighting!

In the end, I ended up keeping the 16A caviar bag because I personally prefer the matte/sleek/understated look. The 17P caviar honestly felt really cheap because it was so shiny, soft, and almost flimsy (when opening the flap) if you will. When I compared the two bags side by side, it was evident that the 16A caviar bag was of higher quality.

Curious to hear your thoughts. Thanks for letting me share!
 

tigresspurse

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I couldn't agree more. I am almost shocked about how cheap and plasticky the 17P caviar looks. I would only buy lambskin this season, looks so much more classy.
 
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chanel1212

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i got the 17P in blue... i was told it's not the regular caviar, it's grained lambskin.. i was so disappointed in this bag because it chipped :sad: it was a really pretty bag though! glad you ended up keeping the 16A :smile:

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catin

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i got the 17P in blue... i was told it's not the regular caviar, it's grained lambskin.. i was so disappointed in this bag because it chipped :sad: it was a really pretty bag though! glad you ended up keeping the 16A :smile:

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I had a phone holder on chain in the same blue caviar and it had a ridiculous crazy amount of chipping after 2-3 weeks of non-abusive usage. I think this material with the color on it is not holding up so well in general.
 
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Hello TPFers!

I had the opportunity to purchase two old medium caviar Boy bags from different seasons and wanted to share a few comparison pictures in the event that anyone is curious how caviar differs between two seasons:

16A (left) vs. 17P (right):
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16A (bottom) vs. 17P (top):
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16A close up:
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17P close up:
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Noticeable differences:

  • 16A caviar is more matte and sleek
  • 16A quilts are more uniform and understated
  • 17P caviar is more shiny, soft, and almost plasticky
  • 17P quilts are more defined, plush/pillowy, and pinched
  • 17P bag is larger (approx half an inch taller in height) despite both priced at old medium size ($4,700)
**Note: Both bags were purchased from different stores.**

It’s so crazy how much caviar could vary between two seasons. I am very meticulous--it's almost ridiculous--when purchasing a new caviar piece (whether it’s a bag or SLG) because there is so much variance. I must admit that sometimes I ask my SA for multiple photos in different lighting!

In the end, I ended up keeping the 16A caviar bag because I personally prefer the matte/sleek/understated look. The 17P caviar honestly felt really cheap because it was so shiny, soft, and almost flimsy (when opening the flap) if you will. When I compared the two bags side by side, it was evident that the 16A caviar bag was of higher quality.

Curious to hear your thoughts. Thanks for letting me share!
I concur.
I have a black old medium boy that is 16A. Just got a blue 17P zip wallet in blue to add a bit of color and contrast... huge difference in the leather. the zip wallet leather is definitely more shiny and has an almost plastic feel to the touch. I love the color though, so I'll keep it. But I much prefer 16A caviar.