Chanel Lambskin or Caviar?

Do you know the difference between a lambskin and a caviar Chanel bag? When choosing a Chanel bag there are some elements to consider such as color, and hardware. But, the most important choice you may have to make when it comes to aesthetics is the type of leather you want. Both the lambskin and caviar have their share of advantages—so let’s dive right in!

Both caviar and lambskin are options on all classic Chanel handbags which include:
Chanel Medium Flap
Chanel Jumbo Flap
Chanel Maxi Flap
Chanel 2.55 Reissue 225
Chanel 2.55 Reissue 226
Chanel 2.55 Reissue 227

So when considering the color and hardware, keep in mind the leather you want. Don’t just make a quick decision just cause. Pick the leather that fits your life and personality.

So Which One?


For starters, the lambskin is very soft. If feels extremely smooth and dainty to the touch. The lambskin gives Chanel bags a more luxurious and rich feel– which is actually a good thing, because Chanel is supposed to feel that way.

The disadvantage to the lambskin is that it is fragile. If you plan on making your Chanel one of your ‘evey-day’ bags then don’t choose lambskin. After a few days of wear, you may start to see scratches and maybe even the corners wearing off. Keep in mind this all depends on how you treat your bag. If you do choose lambskin treat it like your child.

The scratches and wearing on the lambskin leather is actually inevitable with time, even if you mean well with your bag.


Caviar, on the other hand, is much more durable leather. You shouldn’t expect that much damage early on like with the lambskin leather. While the lambskin can be scratched easily by the smallest bump or scuff, the caviar leather can handle a bit of abuse. Light scratches aren’t apparent on the caviar.

But the disadvantage of the caviar leather is that it doesn’t feel as soft as the lambskin. The durability of the bag does play a role in the overall feel of the bag. So if you plan on using your Chanel bag every day or almost every day, then you should definitely choose the caviar leather.

These are just some brief advantages and disadvantages, but remember it comes down to personal preference. Some people may know the risk of buying a lambskin Chanel bag and wearing it every day. But, they’d rather a lambskin over a caviar bag. That’s perfectly fine, because in the end you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a bag that doesn’t feel right to you.

As far as cost is concerned, the caviar leather is a must. With the constant price increases on Chanel handbags choosing the less costly caviar leather bag would be the right choice. I don’t blame anyone who does this because, frankly, I do it too.

If decide to buy a classic Chanel anytime soon it will be the caviar leather version, no doubt. Since I already have a couple lambskin bags, why not purchase a more durable bag that lasts longer? If bought another lambskin leather bag, the inevitable scratches would hurt me more than the bag itself! I can’t imagine having another lambskin bag that is scratch prone. I want my bags to last as long as possible. So my next choice is caviar.

What do you think about the leathers? Would you choose caviar or lambskin leather, and why?


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  1. Hannah October 1, 2015 Reply

    I just brought my first chanel a woc in caviar with gold hardware the SA told me lambskin was so delicate. I was expecting it to have more puffy quilts but I guess that’s down to the leather do love it tho ?

  2. Will August 26, 2015 Reply

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if the black caviar le boy bags ever had a grey interior lining, with a black tag? I’m trying to find a pre-loved bag, and see that the interiors change a lot.

    Any help is appreciated. <3

  3. Anonymous February 9, 2015 Reply

    Hi a friend claims to have purchased a classic flap small from Dubai for $1,500aud. Real or fake?

  4. Georgia September 29, 2014 Reply

    I’m deciding between the Chanel Medium Classic Flap and the Jumbo. I want the caviar leather & silver hardware. Can someone please advise of pricing in Hawaii and also if it’s something you can just walk in and purchase? .. I’ve never got Chanel before!! It’s my wedding present. Thanks

    • Alex October 2, 2014 Reply

      Hi George, generally you can walk in and by, no waiting list. But sometimes they do not hv stock. The prices can be found here:

      They are the latest.

      • Georgia October 2, 2014 Reply

        Thanks Alex!

    • fi November 27, 2014 Reply

      i just got a caviar leather chanel classic flapbag with a silver hardware as my birthday present from my boyfriend. i think you should buy the caviar one! :)

  5. Dchanel March 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi is a brand new lambskin supposed to look almost like satin? My new one looks almost like satin maybe cause it’s new ? I was expecting more of a leatherie type with some shine thanks

    • Sabiana March 17, 2014 Reply

      No the new lambskin should not look and feel like satin. More like soft leather. Did you buy the Classic Flap Bag?

  6. Linda February 4, 2014 Reply

    Hi, any idea where London is still selling the castle rock bag?
    Also the price of classic 2.55 in London?

    • Mimi February 5, 2014 Reply

      the castle rock is from the old collection, they don’t hv them in stock anymore. The classic 2.55 cost 2.800 pounds in jumbo

  7. Chanellover January 16, 2014 Reply

    Just bought my first seasonal red/orange Chanel bag was $6202! Thinking of buying another one for daily use as the one I bought it big and heavy! And too sharp for everyday wear! This website is great! Defanitly getting the non-sheepskin one ! The caviar would work best for me I am so clumsy sometimes! I think I’m starting to get an addiction to them! I want more!!! :O

    • Blossom January 17, 2014 Reply

      OMG, congrats!

      What kind of bag did you buy? I think the medium classic flap is the best choice, because its small and easy to carry.

  8. Alka January 10, 2014 Reply

    How much should I be paying for a vintage turquoise python kiss-lock clutch, rare black lizard classic 2.55 double flap bag and for a rose pink calfskin Le Boy medium shoulder chain bag? Just ordered these three and wondering if I overpaid. All replies and any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • Alex January 12, 2014 Reply

      Hi Alka, where did you buy these bags? Are they pre-owned? What is the size of the 2.55?

      • Anonymous January 13, 2014 Reply

        At Gilt. Yes, they are pre-owned. The size of the 2.55 is 9″x 5 1/2″x 2″….

        • Alex January 17, 2014 Reply

          Hi Alka, 2.55 is not the size, that’s the name of the bag. The bag’s name is: Chanel classic 2.55 reissue flap bag, the sizes are in 224, 225, 226 or 227. Please read:

          Given your measurement, I think yours is 224 or 225?

          The bags you bought are rare items, they usually sell above the market price or somewhere around it. One of our member also bought a few bags at Gilt. They refurbish it like new.

  9. Chanellyn December 16, 2013 Reply

    Hi, I just came back from a trip in US bought my bag at Chanel in Vegas, i choose the caviar as supposed to the lambskin. They charged me tax although I showed them my passport to prove I am only a tourist. Nonetheless, I am very happy and proud of having a Chanel bag at last.

    • Priscelia December 21, 2013 Reply

      Hi Chanellyn,

      May I know how much is the chanel bag in Vegas cost and which part of Vegas?

  10. Lillian lee October 24, 2013 Reply

    I just came back from paris. How come galeries lafayette tax refund just 12% only?? It’s different shop have different %

    • Alex October 25, 2013 Reply

      Hi Lilian, no it depends on the country, generally you can only get between 12 – 14% because there are other cost involved like administration fee. You can get in Italy 14% tax refund, at Heathrow airport in London you get 20% tax-refund because the tax is already deducted. Check more information here:

  11. Misheru August 12, 2013 Reply

    I think Caviar looks nice and classy !

  12. Anna August 1, 2013 Reply

    I still don’t know which to choose from…. Caviar or lambskin ?

    • Alex August 2, 2013 Reply

      Do you buy 3+ new Chanel bags per year? If not, I would go for the caviar. Yes, it’s heavier, but it’s more durable. Minimum maintenance. As for the lambskin, it can get scratches very easily.

  13. Shwe Lu pyan July 20, 2013 Reply

    I choose caviar leather maxi for my wife,, cus she will wear it every day what I buy for her…

  14. ijtsignal June 8, 2013 Reply

    This has been very helpful in my dilemma whether to get the lambskin or the caviar.

    I am getting the jumbo classic flap and most likely would be using it everytime. Caviar is the way to go then.


    • Anonymous June 8, 2013 Reply

      My other concern though is the availability and best cost.

      My family and I fly to Paris on the 20th of this month for a week then to London for 2 more weeks. I know from friends that it is better to buy in Europe so it would perfect for me.

      In Paris and London, would the shops reserve a unit for you over the phone? I am particularly interested in getting the Black Jumbo flap in Caviar and GHW.

      Would it be better to buy it in Paris or London? Would appreciate their prices if you know and how much tax I can claim back. In Bangkok, it is currently priced at Bht180,000 (Euro 4,455.44) less 7% VAT claimed when you leave the country.

      This will be my first purchase (long-awaited) so would appreciate all the help.

      Cheers and Thanks in advance.

      • Anonymous June 9, 2013 Reply

        I just came back from Paris.

        Bought 1 GST Burgundy Caviar SHW and 1 Card Case Lambskin SHW from 31 Rue Cambon.

        They have a tax refund of 13%. Not sure with London.

        It always feels good to get a Chanel from Chanel’s first store 😀

        • Author
          sassy.bag June 9, 2013 Reply

          Hi hi!! yes I understand what you mean =D!! Love the GST burgundy btw. And how much was the card case?

      • Author
        sassy.bag June 9, 2013 Reply

        Hi ano,

        black jumbo €3,400, tax refund 12% and there’s no better location. The best location is when they have the exact style in your bag. Some people could reserve 48 hours, but not all boutiques does this. You can try. Let me know how things went.

      • Anonymous June 14, 2013 Reply


  15. Jo April 7, 2013 Reply

    I called my local Chanel boutique and they said the woc does not come in caviar in the quilted design. Do you know if that’s true? I’ve read other threads disputing this claim.

    • Author
      sassy.bag April 7, 2013 Reply

      I think what they mean was that they don’t make them anymore. Because I once saw a black caviar quilted woc in SHW.

  16. Irene March 25, 2013 Reply

    Hi may I know how much chanel trifold wallet costs? And is it caviar or lambskin? Thanks

    • Author
      sassy.bag March 26, 2013 Reply

      Hard to find. The price was in 2011: $860, then increased to $915, I think the new price will be around $1,100 and $1,200. This is for the Tri-fold caviar in black btw. And of course I would pick the lambskin:

      1. You can only get the chic feeling from the lambskin.
      2. You won’t get your wallet abuse so easily, because it’s in your bag and you use it only when you need to grab something out of it, like cash.
      3. LOVE IT.

  17. Joan March 22, 2013 Reply

    hi, is there a vintage chanel medalion made in Lambskin? Thanks!

    • Author
      sassy.bag March 22, 2013 Reply

      This question is a bit confusing. I think it’s better if you post a thread on the forum with a link or image to the medallion bag.

  18. Ashley March 15, 2013 Reply

    This was so helpful. I would pick the caviar cause I am the type of person that doesn’t want to worry about getting my purse scratched or have to lye a blanket down just to put my bag on the floor or the seat of my car.

    • Author
      sassy.bag March 15, 2013 Reply

      Caviar is your option. Some people love lambskin because it feel chic. Caviar is a bit more solid and harder. Well, they are both Chanel anyway.

    • Anonymous July 20, 2013 Reply

      Yes, same with my wife, so…

  19. PAM November 29, 2012 Reply

    I have two caviar bags and am about to buy a lambskin one. it is so luxurious!!!!!!!! I will just have to be careful with it!

  20. Ditigeri November 21, 2012 Reply

    I would go for caviar, But the prices of Chanel is going high and make me move more to Hermes. I mean it!

  21. lin November 9, 2012 Reply

    i always pick caviar, i want to choose lambskin next time

  22. chanelx November 7, 2012 Reply

    I have all my bags in caviar, wouldnt want to abused so quickly!

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