Chanel Caviar Leathers
What is the Chanel caviar leather?
It’s grained calfskin. In fact, it’s one of the so many types of grained calfskin that Chanel makes.
The caviar is as hard as a rock and you can feel it with just one touch. This leather is also heavier than normal grained calfskin or lambskin but it can endure scratches and abuses. And now do you know why the caviar is so popular?
Most people learn about the caviar thanks to the Classic Flap Bag. This iconic handbag usually comes in two choices; lambskin or caviar. Most people prefer caviar because it’s durable and requires low maintenance. The lambskin is much softer but it’s also fragile. To avoid scratches and damages, you need to be careful when carrying the lambskin downtown. But lambskin doesn’t mean that’s not durable; it’s just less durable than caviar and normal grained calfskin.
Caviar and Stingray Skin
Now try to Google about the caviar leather.
You might find answer like; (dry) stingray skin. Stingray is a fish and this type of leather is incredible durable. In fact, it’s 25 times more durable than cowhide.
But the caviar means differently at the house of Chanel. It’s not a stingray skin, but grained calfskin. And perhaps Chanel calls it caviar because it sounds extremely chic (caviar is also an expensive food made from fish eggs) and the leather is stronger and harder than normal calf leather.
Caviar depends on the season
The caviar of the Classic Flap Bag that’s released this year might feel different than the caviar released 5 years ago. Chanel changes the caviar from season to season. So you might feel that this year’s version is better than last year or perhaps less better. The caviar could also be softer or even stiffer. It really depends on the season.
Also, the touch of the caviar of your coin purse can also vary from other handbags or accessories. But don’t feel strange about it, because as we’ve mentioned above; the caviar is one of the so many grained calfskin leathers.
The different types of Caviar
When you screen through Chanel’s website, do you see words like Iridescent or Rigid? These terminologies are used by Chanel to describe the type of leathers. The Caviar comes in different type as well.
Or sometimes Chanel just doesn’t tell. For example, if you look at their website right now, what do you read next to the Classic Flap Bag page (check out the top image we’ve posted). It says grained calfskin. But they actually mean caviar, which is just one of their type of calfskins.
Top Caviar Leathers
The hard textured caviar is actually called Rigid Caviar. It’s designed on the Classic Flap Bags but also on the Classic Quilted WOC.
The Iridescent Caviar comes very often. This leather usually shines and the grains are smaller than Rigid Caviar.
There are Classic Boy Bags made in caviar. This type of caviar is much softer and less durable than the Rigid Caviar. The grains are also tinier than the previous two types.
Other Caviar Leathers
The Chanel Caviar being discontinued?
We’ve just heard a rumour circulating in the fashion community, but we couldn’t confirm it (yet). The rumour is about the caviar leather and that Chanel is going to discontinue it. If you have more info, please share in the comment box.
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