I had a bit of time on my hands and decided to wander into the Chanel boutique on Brompton Road. If you're an impatient shopper like me or a tourist (and you're pressed for time), I would seriously urge you to try out this store instead of the ones at Selfridges, Bond St, Harrods or Sloane St. It's a large store in a beautiful and quiet part of London, outside of the tourist zones and the sales associates generally have time for you.
The 2.55 flap has been a hit and miss with me. I know it works for some but seeing that I'm a packrat, the larger sized quilted bags kill my shoulders after a day out in town. I think my biggest gripe would be the horrendous price increase over the past 5 years. I remember one summer when the price soared by £500......... from £2600 to £3100.
One of the more affordable options would be the Wallet on Chain or known by its acronym WOC. I saw this understated and elegant purse with an embossed camellia on the flap. I was told the leather's made of calfskin but the sheen, weight and grain point towards goatskin. It's the lightest WOC I've ever held and at £835, it is £300 less than the caviar leather option. As for its durability, I would say, the goatskin sits between the lambskin and caviar. You're likely to see light surface scratches but it's more resistant to scuffs as compared to lambskin.
If you're lucky enough to be a tourist and be able to claim VAT back, that'll knock another 12% - 13% off the price (lucky you!). Unfortunately, the husband and child (ever so verbal and helpful) "suggested" that I should stick to the more traditional quilted design..........
Do ask for Greg if you're there. I've seen him go through every bag with a fine toothed comb just to make sure the customer got the one that was completely flawless. He's happy to reserve an item for it to be picked up at a later date too.
Chanel Brompton Road (closed on Sundays)
278 - 280 Brompton Road
Phone: 020 7581 8620