Last week, my boyfriend and I returned from a two week trip to France and Italy. We started in Paris, went down through the South of France and the Côte d'Azur, then into Florence and finally spent a few days on a farm in Tuscany. Needless to say - it was divine: the art, the food, the wine...and the shopping. Since a) I'm on a budget and b) NYC has such excellent fashion - my main goal while in Europe was to look for vintage. I didn't have much luck in Paris and there was a great selection in Florence - but my pièce de résistance came on a quiet cobblestone street in Antibes, where I uncovered the fashion find of a lifetime: the perfect Chanel bag.
Upon spotting the bag, I picked up the tiny treasure with disbelief - this was just the size and style I had been lusting after for ages...small and square with an adjustable chain strap that can be made short or worn casually across the body - this particular model is no longer even being made. Sure, it's a bit worn down and rough around the edges, but that makes it even cooler - and to find it VINTAGE from a boutique in a French seaside town?! It was too good to be true ...
Luckily, my boyfriend recognized my bulging eyes as I tightly gripped the quilted lambskin. While I stuttered to him unintelligibly about my find - N wished me a happy birthday and paid the grinning boutique owner who'd been prattling on about the rareness of finding vintage Chanel anymore (as if I needed any encouragement).
So, without further ado - here she is, my very first Chanel bag - and one of my all time favorite birthday gifts.
Now I would love to know: What's one of your best vintage finds of all time? Or one of your favorite birthday gifts? Post a comment to reply!