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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.
To buy Ainifeels’s Chanel-inspired quilted leather shoulder handbag for $125, click 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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- The Difference Between Designer-Inspired Items and Fake Designer Goods
- Designer-Inspired by Ainifeel: Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag – $4,900 vs. $125
- The Look For Less: 3.1 Phillip Lim Medium Pashli – $895 vs. $75
- 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.
Very informational! Thank you for sharing. It’s very analytic and detailed study of different bags. I love it! Actually it is great post for me I’m thinking to do purchase bag for my mom this christmas 🙂 I’ll keep it mind!
Hi Aileen, I notice all the links to the caviar leather black bag show it without leather woven into the chain.
Is it just a wrong photo or is the chain plain and different than the one in your post? I love this bag and i want to order it Asap..but first waiting on your comment.
Hey Dee, that is the correct link. It looks like they are currently sold out of the black caviar with leather interwoven strap but there is the lambskin version in black currently available.
They should be restocking within the next 1-2 weeks so if you really want the caviar one, sit tight as I’m sure they’ll have it!
I bought the bag featured in your pictures. It is lovely. The comparisons say the leather is too textured and shinier than on the authentic, but I love the beauty of the leather Ainifeel uses. It feels substantial and luxurious. So does the chain. I couldn’t be happier if I had an authentic. I also got the “B” bag everyone loves. I wasn’t ever attracted by the authentic “B” bag but couldn’t turn down a 50% mark down. I got 2 “B” inspired bags (30 cm) marked down to $59.99 each. They’re gorgeous!
I just discovered your site and am *so* pleased. Thank you for this incredible resource!!
I have a question about the Ainifeel shop on Amazon – I’ve never heard of them and I’m super excited about some of your recommendations. The links here to specific Ainifeel products take me to an error page, and it looks like the actual store itself on amazon has no listings. Have they closed shop, do you know? Fingers crossed that they’re just restocking.
Thank you so much, in advance!
Fortunately, I saw some YouTube videos featuring Ainifeel bags before they disappeared from Amazon these past 3 months. I ordered a Maxi in sheepskin with ruthenium hardware (gunmetal), a Jumbo in caviar leather with leather entwined chain strap, all from Ainifeel. Then I discovered a bag priced for $39 stating it was genuine leather. I had to see if it was actually leather. It is THE softest sheepskin I’ve ever felt. I was so impressed, I ordered another. This bag was also sheepskin but not nearly as soft as the first. The stitching on these 2 bags not from Ainifeel,couldn’t boast the perfect stitching or the perfect lining up of the quilting on the flap and back slip pocket, but for the price, I can’t complain. The price had risen $4 when I ordered the second one. The second one has a much stiffer but very durable sheepskin. The back pocket doesn’t have the curved “Mona Lisa smile” to it. It’s more of a straight line. Although I ordered the same size/type the second time, I got one that is larger than a medium by a few centimeters. The first is almost exactly the size of a medium. I like having both sizes. I use the stiffer leathered bag when it’s not sure to be sunny all day. They are perfect crossbody length chain straps on both. I’m so glad I splurged and bought them while they were still available.e. They are high quality and I expect to have them for the rest of my life.
They disappeared off Amazon, they no longer have them. I bought one and made the mistake of returning it. I felt guilty caring a knock off. I’m a dope should have kept it. Anyone know where they still sell them? I want the biggest one they have. Lol. Thanks.
hello I love your blog!!! do you think you can help me find a Chanel Boy Bag in black? Medium of large will do.
Hey Brittany! One of my favorite brands Fashion Drug actually has a dupe of the Boy bag: https://www.fashiondrug.com/bags/oh-boy-black
They had the chevron version, but it sold out. https://www.fashiondrug.com/bags/oh-boy-striped-black
I would definitely consider ordering ASAP as I work closely with them and have been told that these styles will no longer be restocked. I personally love Fashion Drug, I have 11 bags from them and love them all! You can search “Fashion Drug” on the search bar and see the reviews I have done on their bags.
If you decide to purchase, use the coupon code “Aileen10” at checkout for 10% off! Let me know what you think about the bag if you get it. I love all my FD bags!
Do you know a new possibility to get a good dupe? Because I have red that the dupe isn’t any more available on Amazon.
Hi, love your blog 🙂 do you know where I could fint this type of bag in real leather (caviar)? Sinse amazon took away ainifeel 🙁 I been looking everywhere. Love Josefina