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9/12/19 UPDATE: Unfortunately, Amazon has removed Ainifeel from their website. If there is an update, I will be sure to post it here.
Chanel is that one brand that deserves a spot in every single girl’s wardrobe. Even as a lover of designer-inspired items, I strongly believe that every woman deserves at least one Chanel handbag in their lifetime.
I recently published a blog post on 8 designer-inspired handbags for fall and winter 2017, and of course Chanel was #1 on the list, featuring a handbag similar to the coveted medium classic flap handbag. A few have asked me about the quality of the exact bag I had mentioned, so I’ve partnered up with none other than Ainifeel, the Amazon mecca of designer-inspired items, to share this gorgeous bag with you.
The Ainifeel Amazon store is filled with beautiful handbags inspired by the Hermés Birkin, Celine Nano Luggage Tote, Chloé Pixie and much more. This particular one is from the Ainifeel Quilted and Chain Strap collection, which features several variations inspired by popular Chanel styles.
Of course, all of Ainifeel’s products are made from genuine leather, suede, sheepskin and high-quality hardware, making these handbags a significant step above most designer-inspired handbags you will find at most fast-fashion-retailers.
New to the world of designer-inspired handbags? Check out my blog post on The Difference Between Legal Designer-Inspired Handbags and Fake Designer Goods to learn more about why I recommend designer-inspired handbags over the real deal.
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- Price ($125)
- Genuine leather
- Quality hardware
- Perfect stitching
- Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime
Although this is a sponsored post, I don’t really have anything negative to say about this bag at all. Down to the inner pockets, this bag is extremely accurate to Chanel’s Medium Classic Flap Bag. You can tell that Ainifeel paid close attention to everything from size dimensions to hardware and even down to the leather grain.
The Mademoiselle Lock VS. The Interlocking CC Lock
Although this handbag is similar to the Medium Classic Flap Bag, it features the original twist-lock closure instead of the popular CC lock. Some Chanel history: During Coco Chanel’s reign, all Chanel bags pre-1980s donned the “mademoiselle” lock, which is the square twist-lock closure featured on this bag. When Lagerfeld took over, he added the famed Interlocking CC locks on the bags that modern-day Chanel is now known for. During Chanel’s 50th anniversary, Karl released the “2.55 Reissue” (February 1955 was the original release of the flap bag), which was really just the classic flap bag featuring the vintage mademoiselle lock with aged leather and an all-chain strap.
Ainifeel does not offer any handbags that feature the iconic Chanel interlocking CC lock and I’m sure it is to avoid counterfeit practice, but if you are a fan of Chanel you can see that Ainifeel offers several variations inspired by Chanel that are surprisingly similar to the designer original from different types of leather to all-chain straps that resemble the 2.55 reissues vs. interwoven leather chain straps inspired by the classic.
Caviar Leather Vs. Sheepskin Vs. Patent Leather
The handbag I have has a leather upper that is inspired by Chanel’s signature Caviar leather, which is heavier, more durable and made of leather grains. Although many women love the buttery-soft sheepskin found on plenty of designer bags, I chose the pebbled leather as it can withstand wear-and-tear and hold its shape better than most other leathers. If the grainy texture isn’t your thing, Ainifeel also offers a quilted sheepskin handbag if you prefer a softer touch and smooth appearance. Also available is Ainifeel’s quilted patent leather handbag if you want a glossy sheen.
Unsurprisingly, the stitching and leather on this handbag is nothing less than excellent, especially for the price of just $125. Unlike designer-inspired bags found at most fast-fashion retailers, you won’t find a single stitch out of place with any handbags from Ainifeel.
Interior Pockets, Lining and Compartments
Ainifeel’s quilted handbag is just like Chanel’s double-flap: this bag has an exterior flap and an interior flap compartment, which provides tons of room for storage. There are several places to organize and store your belonging without dumping them all into one pocket.
Just like Chanel, the interior is lined with dark red leather and the inside of the outer flap has a zipper compartment that can be easily overlooked. Fun fact: Coco Chanel added this zipper compartment to the original design to hide her love notes from a long-term affair. Maybe we all can store our little love notes in here too. Heh.
Free Two-Day Shipping
Purchasing this handbag gives you free standard shipping as it surpasses the $25 qualification minimum; however, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can get it even faster with free two-day shipping! I am a loyal member of Amazon Prime and highly recommend getting a free 1-month trial if you’d like to get this handbag and don’t already have it. Click here for your free 1-month Amazon Prime trial.
Ainifeel‘s Chanel-inspired quilted leather shoulder handbag is available for $125 on Amazon in their quilted and chain strap collection. Will you be getting yourself one? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to get more news of designer-inspired bags delivered straight to your email.