Tax free Chanel Heathrow London Airport

Dear Chanel, why did you stop stocking iconic bags at Heathrow? You heartbreaker! The most favorite store for every Chanel shopper is the Chanel boutique in London Heathrow airport at Terminal 3. More about this later on.

Located in the United Kingdom, near London, the Heathrow Airport is one of the most popular destinations to shop for designer handbags. Why? Because our favorite brands are located at the tax-free area. So why not shop Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada at Heathrow airport.

Guide To Heathrow Airport Overview

 

VAT free is better than VAT refund

Europe is already famous for shopping high fashion goods, because they’re cheaper than most of the countries due to the VAT refund policy. However, if you apply for VAT refund, you need to pay a fee to the company that helps you process the application. But if you buy directly at Heathrow airport, the VAT will not be included in the price and thus you don’t need to apply for tax-refund at all.

Price comparison Heathrow airport vs boutiques

To clarify what we mean by VAT free is better than a refund, we made a calculation between buying at Heathrow airport and at the boutiques.

We took the current retail price of the Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag, which is £4450 GBP (price as per June 2017). Then we create a calculation of Heathrow tax-free price and the price at the boutiques in the UK.

Price Heathrow airport

Retail Price£4450 GBP
Airport Tax-free Prices£3708 GBP

 

Price UK boutiques with VAT-refund

Retail Price£4450 GBP
VAT Refund-£623 GBP
Retail Price – VAT Refund£3827 GBP

 

So the bag costs £3708 GBP at Heathrow and £3827 GBP after you get the VAT refund.

“Buying at Heathrow airport is less expensive”

We took the Chanel bag as an example, but this is also an example for other designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Hermes and so on. And it doesn’t matter what goods you buy, the prices at Heathrow airport for a brand-new items are cheaper than at the retail stores.

You can only buy VAT free if you leave the EU

Here’s the bad news, not everyone gets to buy VAT free at Heathrow airport. You get the VAT free prices only when you’re about to leave Europe to another country. So Heathrow must be your final destination.

But how can they know?

The SA will ask for your flight ticket when you are the cashier. If you’re qualified, they will offer you the goods without VAT and you can enjoy more discount.

But if you’re not flying outside Europe, then the SA will give the same price as at the boutiques in London. So the prices will be with VAT. And of course, you can apply for VAT refund later on.

Airports have limited stock

Buying at airport is a great experience, but there is short supply of space and a lot of shops. The location is not cheap as well, so the stores can only carry limited stock. Usually, you will find a lot of small accessories like wallets, but the bags can be limited.

Since 2013, Chanel has announced that they will stop selling iconic handbags at Heathrow. There are six types of iconic’s, which include the Chanel Classic Flap Bag, Chanel Reissue 2.55 Bag, and Chanel Classic Quilted Boy Bag. The WOCs, Mini Classic Bags as well as the Mini Reissue 2.55 Bags have all been spotted.

Shopping at Terminal 3

As you can see, there is lot of terminals. But if you’re looking for the crème de la crème, go to terminal 3 (T3). That’s where the boutiques are where you can find lot handbags.

At terminal 3, make sure you get to level 1, the departure lounge. This entire section is Duty Free and there are numerous of boutiques, from Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton to Burberry and Mulberry.

T3 map: get to the departure lounge at level 1

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Source @Heathrow

T3 stores: after security

Bulgari
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8757 1286
Burberry
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8564 8125
Cartier
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00 (in Harrods)
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 6000
Chanel
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8754 1000
Gucci
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8759 9159
Harrods
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 5290
Hermes
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 0179
Mulberry
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 8399
M·A·C Cosmetics
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Paul Smith
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8990 9402
Salvatore Ferragamo
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 5290
Smythson
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)208 745 0715

Shopping at Terminal 5

T5 is the next stop to go if you have the time. It has boutiques like Chanel, Chloe, Hermes, Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton. These stores are located at level 2. If you want to go to Harrods, go to level 3 (after check-in).

T5 map: get to level 2

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Source @Heathrow

T5 stores: after security

Armani Collezioni
Opening hours: 05:20 -22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Hugo Boss
Opening hours: 05:20 – 22:00 (in Harrods)
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Bottega Veneta
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 5260
Burberry
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 8343
Cartier
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6072
Chanel
Opening hours: 05.30 – 22.00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 7777
Chloe
Opening hours: 05:20 -22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Dior
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Gucci
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6333
Harrods
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00 (B Gates)
Tel: +44 (0)7500 101 699
Hermes
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6084
Longchamp
Opening hours: 05:20 – 22:00 (in Harrods)
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Louis Vuitton
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6061
Mulberry
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6254
Prada
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6339
Rolex
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8757 2115
Saint Laurent
Opening hours: 05:20 – 22:00
+44 (0)20 8283 5095
Stella McCartney
Opening hours: 05:20 -22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Tods
Opening hours: 05:20 -22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095
Valentino
Opening hours: 05:20 -22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 5095

Shopping at Terminal 2

The popular shops are located in Level 4.

T2 map: get to level 4

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Source @Heathrow

T2 stores: after security

Bottega Veneta
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7535
Bulgari
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7570
Hugo Boss
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8564 8316
Burberry
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 1167
Gucci
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7790
Harrods
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7756
Kurt Geiger
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8564 8839
Micheal Kors
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7762
Mulberry
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7730
Paul Smith
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 8447
Rolex
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7516
Smythson
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7577
Ted Bakers
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 7590

Shopping at Terminal 4

The popular shops are located in level 2.

T4 map: get to level 2

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Source @Heathrow

T4 stores: after security

Hugo Boss
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 1431
Bottega Veneta
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 5260
Bulgari
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 2373
Burberry
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 9151
Cartier
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8283 6072
Gucci
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8754 1475
Harrods
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 0353
Longchamp
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00 (in Harrods)
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 6724
Mulberry
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8897 7990
Rolex
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 5145
Saint Laurent
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8976 5280
Valentino
Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8757 4043
Versace
Opening hours: 05:30 – 22:00
Tel: +44 (0)20 8745 0353

Travelling between terminals: travel time and transportation

From terminal 2 to terminal…

Terminal 3

  • You can walk via the pedestrian underpass
  • Estimated travel time: 10 minutes

Terminal 4

  • Take the free shuttle trains; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

Terminal 5

  • Take the express train; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

From terminal 3 to terminal…

Terminal 2

  • You can walk via pedestrian underpass
  • Estimated travel time: 10 minutes

Terminal 4

  • Free Take the free shuttle trains; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

Terminal 5

  • Take the express train; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

From terminal 4 to terminal…

Terminal 2 or 3

  • Free Take the free shuttle trains; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

Terminal 5

  • Take bus number 482 or 490 from Bus Stop 7, the destination is Heathrow Terminal 5. The transportation is free.
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

From terminal 5 to terminal…

Terminal 2 or 3

  • Take the express train; there is a train in every 15 minutes
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes

Terminal 4

  • Take bus number 482 or 490 from Bus Stop 7, the destination is Pools on the Park. The transportation is free.
  • Estimated travel time: 20 minutes
COMMENTS
  • Lorraine

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    Hi can you please tell me how much Chanel chance EAU DE TOILETTE spray 100ml. I purchased this at terminal 3 in February for £60 pounds can you tell me if this is still the price, my sister will be flying soon I will ask her to pick it up for me.

    March 29, 2017
  • Sonia

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    Hi Cynthia!

    I’m planning on visiting London next month, but will be traveling to Paris after. Are there any suggestions on where I should purchase a Chanel bag since I will still be going to Paris after and returning to the US? Please let me know! I’m so bummed about not being able to just get the purse with the 16% off directly since we will be visiting Paris. Thank you so much in advance!!

    March 28, 2017
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Sonia,

      So first it depends on what kind of bag you’re looking for. The iconics are not available at the Heathrow Chanel boutiques, but they do sell the smallest size reissue 2.55, and the WOC’s as well as the Mini Classic Flap Bags. Other than that, they have seasonal bags and wallets.

      But you’re right about not getting the 16% off instantly, because your last stop is in Paris. But don’t worry, because since Brexit happened, the prices of Chanel in the UK went up. https://www.bragmybag.com/what-will-happen-with-designer-bag-prices-after-brexit/

      To give you an example, the Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag is now priced in the UK at: £3990 GBP (around 4978 USD) and in Paris the same bag costs: €4260 euro (around $4553 USD). So its actually cheaper to buy in Paris, even without the tax-refund.

      Then the tax-refund in the UK is around 13%, which is almost the same as in Paris. So my advice is to buy in Paris. Def. visit the 31 Rue Cambon Chanel boutique and claim your exclusive white Chanel box: https://www.bragmybag.com/chanel-box-black-or-white/

      Good luck and keep me updated how everything went =)

      March 31, 2017
      • Sonia

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        Aww thank you so much Cynthia!! You have been so helpful! I’ll be sure to purchase in Paris instead! I’ll update you after the purchase!! 🙂

        April 4, 2017
        • Cynthia

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          Yes good luck!

          April 8, 2017
  • Elena

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    I am looking for the Chanel Chevron single flap in lamp skin or Chevron in general from the 2016 spring series. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE is there any chance I find it there?
    I will fly to Heathrow only for this!!!

    March 18, 2017
  • Sanam

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    I didn’t realize the transfer to my gate would take so long. I didn’t get to buy my bag! I still have my boarding pass. Can i buy it on phone and have it shipped? I live in NY

    March 4, 2017
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Sanam, yes and depending on which terminal you’re in, because you need to travel. You cannot ship from Heathrow to New York, because of the tax differences. Are you still in UK?

      March 10, 2017
  • wendyGT

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    HI Cynthia,

    I’m planning to visit London next month, do you have updated price list of chanel bags in Heathrow airport?

    thank you
    Wendy

    March 1, 2017
  • Kassie

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    Dear Alex Im so sorry to bother you but may I ask if large boy (12 inches) in black with gold hardware always stock up in the boutique I am desperately to buy one and going to fly to Bangkok this May

    February 26, 2017
  • Rose

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    Do they still have Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag (Square) in Heathrow airport ?

    February 19, 2017
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Rose, yes they should still sell them at Heathrow Airport.

      February 24, 2017
      • Sammy

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        Hi! I’m flying to UK on may 1st. Gow much is the mini flap square? Do I buy it on my way in or out? Thank you

        March 12, 2017
        • Cynthia

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          Hi Sammy, all the latest Chanel bag prices are here: https://www.bragmybag.com/chanel-bags-prices/

          The price for the mini flap square is £1910 GBP in retail store, the price on Heathrow airport (because that is what I am thinking you’re asking), you need to deduct 16% VAT from the retail price. As soon as you land on Heathrow, you can ask for a Personal Assistant to guide you to the Chanel boutique. Keep us updated =)

          March 13, 2017
  • Beware! Bought counterfeit earrings at Chanel Boutique Heathrow Terminal 3!!

    February 15, 2017
  • Hello. So there is a Chanel store in terminal 5. They have bags. I have a NZ passport can I get tax off if flying within Europe? ?

    February 6, 2017
    • Hi San, are u sure they have bags in Terminal 5? For as far as I know, they have bags in Terminal 3 but in Terminal 5, they sell cosmetics and fragrance.

      February 10, 2017
  • Olivia

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    Hi,

    Do you know if they stock the Dauville tote at the Heathrow airport store?

    Thanks, Olivia

    January 28, 2017
    • Cynthia

      REPLY

      Hi Olivia, all designer bags are available at Heathrow except the iconic bags including the Classic Flap Bag, Boy Quilted Bag…

      February 3, 2017
  • Hilda

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    Hi Cynthia,

    Thanks for the reply. Do you know if the stock level high at Heathrow airport? I tried to call them but no answer. My sister is leaving Heathrow next Thursday.

    Cheers,
    Hilda

    January 27, 2017
    • C.

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      Hi Hilda, stock level at airports are always lower.

      February 3, 2017
  • Hilda

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    Hello,

    I was wondering if they stock the lambskin or caviar quilted WOC in black at Heathrow? And what is the latest price?

    Thanks!

    January 27, 2017
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Hilda, Heathrow do stock WOC’s, and the prices are available above. Just take the UK prices and deduct 16% because its tax-free.

      January 27, 2017
  • Alice

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    Hi Alex,
    Thanks for that. 16% only for non EU-destinations, correct?
    Just to be sure.. 🙂

    January 26, 2017
      • Tracy

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        I heard a rumor that Chanel has a two-tier price system, one for travelers flying out of the EU (nice 16% VAT-free prices) and another for travelers flying within the EU (VAT incl price), is this true?

        January 31, 2017
        • Tracy

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          EDIT: not a two-tier price system, but that Chanel won’t sell to you if you’re flying within the UK or even within the EU

          January 31, 2017
          • Cynthia

            Hi Tracy, yes thats true. If you stay in Europe (UK as well), then you need to pay the full retail price with VAT. And to get VAT back, you need to go through the normal tax-refund process. But if you are buying at Heathrow and leaving the EU, then you can enjoy 16% tax-return.

            February 3, 2017
  • Alice

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    Thanks for that.
    Can anybody estimate the difference at LHR for EU and non-EU destinations? Just wondering if it makes sense to still shop at LHR if I only have a boarding pass for EU unless I am flying via Switzerland..

    January 21, 2017
  • Jen

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    Hello,

    I would like to purchase the chanel caviar square mini in gold hardware at heathrow. Are bags only available at Terminal 3?
    I am flying out of Terminal 5, would a personal shopper from Chanel be able to deliver the bag to Terminal 5 and I can pay for it there?

    Thank you for your help!

    January 16, 2017
    • Hi Jen, yes you need to get to Terminal 3, at Terminal 5 they have things like perfumes. A personal shopper can help you, so might be able to get you into Terminal 3 as well.

      January 20, 2017
  • Alice

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    So just to be sure it will only be cheaper if I present a boarding card with a destination outside EU like Switzerland, Norway, US, Africa etc.?
    If I show my boarding card to Germany I pay the price like in the stores?

    What exchange rate do they use? As I am from Austria I need to convert it in EUR.

    Thanks for your help!!

    January 16, 2017
    • Cynthia

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      Yes, Germany is still within the EU. So you get less tax-refund.

      They sell their bags in GBP.

      January 20, 2017
  • Nada

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    Hi, I will be connecting via Heathrow this coming Thursday and I was wondering if the Chanel store at Heathrow carries the Boy New Medium Black A 92193 and how much does it cost after tax? Thank you.

    January 8, 2017
    • Lilly

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      Hi Nada, this bag is from Spring Summer 2016 Collection, they don’t have this bag anymore. You need to check the newer versions. Generally Chanel should hv seasonal bag like this one at Heathrow airport, if you’re leaving from Heathrow to a country outside Europe, you will save like 16% on taxes because you’re buying at a tax-free area. If not, then it will be like purchasing it at a Chanel boutique, which is 12% tax-refund.

      This bag was priced at 3030 GBP with tax.

      January 14, 2017
  • 10Barclay

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    Hi–heading to London for Easter. My mom has requested that we pick up the classic flap bag for her since it’s cheaper than the US. In terms of USD, will purchasing one in Paris boutique cheaper than in London boutique because of pricing and tax refund? I am also hoping to pick up a pair of heels. appreciate your insight!

    December 30, 2016
    • Hi Stacey, we’ve the latest prices here: http://www.bragmybag.com/chanel-bags-prices/. Please convert it back to USD.

      About the tax-refund, both Paris and London are about 13 – 14% tax-refund. (from currency conversion, it seems that Paris is cheaper.)

      January 6, 2017
  • Linda Texmo

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    My lovely husband got me a Chanel bag for xmas, but he bought the 2:55 reissue and I wanted the original. Is there any way we can exchange the bag at Chanel Heathrow even though it was bought in Brussels? Will I in that case need to call in and have one reserved?
    Tia

    December 25, 2016
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Linda, why do you want to exchange at Heathrow? Heathrow don’t stock the iconic bags like the reissue 2.55 and the Classic Flap Bag (the original), you need to exchange it at a Chanel boutique.

      January 6, 2017
  • Linnea

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    Do they sell the GST in SHW in Heathrow? And what’s the current price?

    December 17, 2016
  • Alice

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    Hi,
    I was wondering if we want to buy chanel espadrilles would you suggest this place as a go-to place? Is it cheaper?( also because it’s already tax free) Or where would you suggest? Much thanks!

    December 5, 2016
    • Cynthia

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      In general yes, but you need to know that Chanel Espadrilles are very hot right now, they get sold-out quickly. Heathrow Chanel doesn’t stock that much, so our advice is, if you find your favorite Chanel Espadrilles, do not hestitate and just buy it.

      December 9, 2016
  • Kev

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    Hi im wondering is it cheaper to buy the mini bag a33814yo1295 c3906 in london it 1740 euro in dublin and 1630 in selfridges london no real difference ?

    November 26, 2016
  • Fiona

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    Can I know the price of mini coco handle 24cm A92990 in heathrow airport?

    November 24, 2016
  • Christina

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    Hi! So there is absolutely no chance of getting a classic flap at heathrow terminal 3? Does anyone know how much it is selling for at the moment in stores in London?

    Forgot to say which size – looking for the exact price of the extra mini and the mini!
    Thank you 🙂

    November 21, 2016
  • Christina

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    Hi! So there is absolutely no chance of getting a classic flap at heathrow terminal 3? Does anyone know how much it is selling for at the moment in stores in London?

    November 21, 2016
    • Cynthia

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      Hi Cristina there is, the mini classic flap bag as well as the extra mini classic flap bag and I think also the mini squared classic flap bag is available at Heathrow, but not the small size and above. Reference: https://www.bragmybag.com/chanel-bags-prices/

      Also, the WOC is available too.

      November 21, 2016
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