So much this. It’s probably very much intended by them.
I agree that having a classic flap is always going to look fresh even after a few years, but how many classic flaps can one person have really.I agree that the prices have gotten out of control; however, the one thing I will say in defense of Chanel is that when you purchase a classic flap, a reissue, a boy, or one of their classic styles, the bag always looks fresh even after it's several years old. Some may find it boring that they keep doing the same styles, but there's nothing worse than buying a pricey bag and having it look dated in a year or two! So while the prices are outrageous, at least you know you're getting a bag that will look current for a long time.
Buying Hermes has its own share of problems. I love their leather and the craftsmanship behind the leather, and I also appreciate the art behind the artisans making the bags, but I refuse to beg and grovel for the chance to own one of their more popular items. The non-leather items in their collection (ready to wear, homeware) are not that attractive and also super expensive, and it just seems ridiculous that I have to buy those items in order to be offered a popular bag. Even non-quota bags like the Evelyne, Garden Party, mini Lindy, are very hard to come by nowadays.Their SA told me that Hermes want people who own Hermes items to know The brand in detail and what they do - I get that!
This. I still have a Chanel bag on my wishlist. The item is at the bottom of my list, if I really want it, it will now have to wait for a couple of price increases. I used to think I had to get the items before the increase, but they're not (classics) going anywhere. Seeing how many preloved items made me also realize they are not an "investment". I still love my Chanel, but I'm more glad I got it at previous prices. I think I love my Dior handbags even more, they just seem more luxious. Wanting a Chanel is fueled by price increases, whereas other designers are I want are fueled by the want / luxiousness of the bag for me...
What also annoys me is that you somehow get caught into this „must buy before the next price increase“ thing.
Takes the fun out of shopping.
Everyone is saying Hermès has better quality leather. But I feel differently. I had a birkin in Togo leather. I think it’s one of their durable leathers. I wore it for nearly a year and it looks like ****. The leather sags and it barely holds it shape. I’ve sold it now. I don’t baby my bag but I treat all my bag the same way. I have had my Caviar Cf for years and wear them constantly. They all look fine.I gave up on Chanel years ago! I buy only Hermes now. You pay for, and get, a quality handbag with Hermes; a bag that will last a lifetime. With Chanel prices being completely ridiculous now, I am surprised that more people haven't given up on the brand.