Too common? Or am I in my own world?

Doodles78

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Dear ladies and gents,
I sincerely hope this question will not come off as offensive. (Fingers crossed)
I am very, very seriously considering adding the black jumbo flap in caviar with silver hardware to my collection. I think it is a great bag. Classic, useful, etc. All my bags are lambskin and I need something for a touch of wet/snowy weather.
However, either because of where I have lived and visited in my lifetime--or maybe too much time spent looking at others´ collections on tPF-- I am questioning whether EVERYONE (and I mean that with tongue-in-cheek exaggeration) has one.
I love tried-and-true classics but I also love having bags that are a tiny bit different, and I dunno, does it seem that many people carry the black caviar jumbo with SHW as an everyday bag? Am I being ridiculous? Feel free to say yes.
 
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kemi

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No I don't think you're being ridiculous [emoji4]. The classic flap with SHW has a more casual vibe as opposed to the GHW which is why i think alot of people use it more. I say if you love it, buy it. My classic flap is caviar jumbo GHW and I only use it on formal or semi-formal occasions. I would totally rock it in SHW on a daily basis if i had that combo.
 

angel9dreamer

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This probably depends on where you live. In my area, I don't see many people carrying Chanel in general so it's fun to carry something different.

When I went to Singapore, everyone was carrying some kind of Chanel bag. Tons of boy bags. I got sick of seeing Chanel when I was there. Haha.

I myself don't have a jumbo and don't see myself getting one anytime soon because it's bigger than what I usually use/need. So not everyone everyone has one. [emoji16]
 
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Doodles78

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No I don't think you're being ridiculous [emoji4]. The classic flap with SHW has a more casual vibe as opposed to the GHW which is why i think alot of people use it more. I say if you love it, buy it. My classic flap is caviar jumbo GHW and I only use it on formal or semi-formal occasions. I would totally rock it in SHW on a daily basis if i had that combo.
Thanks! :smile:
 

Doodles78

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This probably depends on where you live. In my area, I don't see many people carrying Chanel in general so it's fun to carry something different.

When I went to Singapore, everyone was carrying some kind of Chanel bag. Tons of boy bags. I got sick of seeing Chanel when I was there. Haha.

I myself don't have a jumbo and don't see myself getting one anytime soon because it's bigger than what I usually use/need. So not everyone everyone has one. [emoji16]
Right, totally depends on where you live! When I lived in the Bay Area, I did not feel like I saw that many, but then in parts of Europe and maybe NY I feel like I have seen a lot....? Could just be in my head. Anyway, nope, not everyone everyone has one!
 

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While I see some Chanel in the Boston area, it's not very common. I think a lot of people go for the black caviar jumbo SHW because it's big enough to be useful, classic, yet modern with the silver hardware. If you want something a little different, maybe consider a reissue? The 227 size is similar to a jumbo, but lighter, and distressed calf can handle some inclement weather.
 

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i agree with what others have said - it totally depends on where you live. where i'm currently at, i have only seen ONE chanel bag (m/l black CF with SHW) in the almost 2 years since relocating here. lol my area is totally casual. if you love it, then get it! i have jumbo lambskin with GHW and i carry it as a daily bag. it's all based on preference and your personal style. i don't feel that gold is too dressy either bc most of my fashion jewelry is gold and while i occasionally like to mix metals, i generally prefer to match my bag hw to my jewelry. i still feel that chanel overall is not as commonly spotted as LV for example. i was visiting some inlaws where they were and in one department store, i saw 10-12 LV bags of all shapes and sizes. LOL!
 

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I live in the DC area and work downtown DC and I don't see many if any chanel, but when I go out shopping on the weekend at Tyson's Galleria I see a lot more. I don't let it bother me since I love this bag because of the casual vibe and this is coming from a diehard gold hardware lover
 

mcb100

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It does depend on what area you live in, but I would definitely say no.

For me, when I think of bags/styles that are too common I think of LV bags, even though I love LV bags, and it doesn't matter to me how "common" or "uncommon" a bag is. Where I come from, girls who want to buy designer bags carry Coach and LV. Chanel is rarely ever seen or heard of.
 

blumster

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It's funny, I think the more time we spend on TPF admiring each other's beauties, we tend to fall into the inevitable line of thinking that EVERYONE owns these handbags-
I live in Minneapolis and see very few chanels around me- mostly LV, Michael kors, Goyard. We tend to get tunnel vision when visiting these threads often!
 

blumster

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I think the more time we spend on TPF admiring each other's beauties, we tend to fall into the inevitable line of thinking that EVERYONE owns these handbags- It becomes very difficult to maintain perspective that these handbags are real luxuries and most do not own them….
I live in an affluent suburb of Minneapolis and see very few channels around me- mostly LV, Michael Kors, Goyard St. Louis. Occasionally, when shopping at an upscale mall or out at a special event, I will see one….
 

ccbaggirl89

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i think it's only common cuz you're hanging out on tfp and maybe utube. i live in LA/Hollywood and rarely even see Chanel, let alone jumbo chanel bags. the only time i really see Chanel is at evening events and it's the small(er) flaps.
 

Ellyella

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I love my jumbo Chanels. I think it is such a perfect everyday bag because for me, it fits everything I need for the day. However, I think it also depends on where you live. When I was living in London, I wear it as my everyday bag, I sometimes swap it out for my maxi when I need the extra room, but I don't feel self conscious or anything because literally everyone wears Chanel in London in my area. However, after I moved to Toronto/Vancouver, I do find myself often reaching out for my reissue, as it is a little more under the radar, and doesn't "scream" Chanel, and it is much lighter which is a relief for my shoulders. As for the wet/snowy weather, I think I have covered it with London and Toronto (oh the snow), and both the classic/reissue are good for it, I haven't had any issues with them, but I do drive most of the time.
 

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In Asia, you see Chanel everywhere! That was one reason, I ventured out to other brands. I just got my first Dior bag and I felt extra special using it as it's less common.
When I carry my Chanels, I felt nothing really different unless I'm carrying a seasonal piece.

This being said I still love Chanel and you should just buy what you really love. Buy what you love, and not what others dictate you should have.
 

bakeacookie

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It could be that now the bag is on your radar, you're noticing it a lot more.

But a black flap is a classic, thus it becomes a staple in many ladies' wardrobe so you're bound to notice it more frequently than another color combo.

I do notice many black jumbos in so cal though.