Chanel Patent

fieryfashionist

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I think patent is very durable. In most ways, I think it's just as durable as caviar. I would just be careful with light colored patent leather, which I do not think is as durable, because it's prone to color transfer (sadly, once that happens, it's permanent).

However, I do think textured patent flaps (distressed patent calf/lamb/goatskin) are more durable than smooth patent flaps. IMO, it's like comparing a smooth finish to a distressed one and I always imagine that the distressed one is less likely to show wear.
 

bdrmflr

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I've seen so many vintage patent Chanels in better shape then their lambskin and caviar counterparts. With puffy quilts and no deterioration in leather. I think I might get some patent for the very reason of it's durability.
 

chloebagfreak

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Wow, I'm glad to hear this! I was worrying that my new patent would be delicate. It does get smudges, but they seem to wipe off.
I love the distressed patent, saw one the other day at Nordstrom, a biege/brown medium flap.
 

Jaded81

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I should think so. Though I would be a little concerned about cracking issues and fingerprints
 

MIffy27

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Chanel patent, very durable. Colour transfer and the leather becoming a bit sticky in time are the only problem.
 

bfali

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I think they are both around the same as far as durability...and they can just be wiped down with a wet cloth.
 
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Hi mojo,
For avoiding stickness, the bag needs to be stored in a low humidity area. If stickiness appears, I heard you can wipe off the bag with diluted vinegar, though I have never tried it myself. Apparently that was the advise given by Barabara at LMB. You can search on tPF about it, if you would like more info on it. I am getting a vintage patent flap, and if the patent leather has stickiness to it, I would try this method!