I bought a vintage Chanel suit for my 25 birthday

And I will do my best to make it last at least two lifetimes.

Published 27/08/2019
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What is your number 1 motivation when purchasing something you know you don’t really can afford or actually need at the moment? Mine (and I bet this is yours too) is well Fanny (so I tell this to myself) this can last for a lifetime. Did it? I don’t know, I don’t remember what I got.

Is this just my unhealthy shopping behavior? It might be. But when talking to my grandmother for example, she is always referring to things she got, Idk, 30 years ago like it was pretty recent. Like, when discussing what to wear to a party, I could wear this, it’s pretty new, I got it 1993, oh well, it was one wear before you were born, but it still looks good, don’t you think?

When writing this I am trying to figure out what the oldest piece in my closet is. But, if I know my shopping behavior right, I probably sold it to buy something in season. And here is what divides me.

I want to have a sustainable closet with only things I love and actually wear. But at the same time, I really want to invest in those pieces I am gonna wear a very long time and maybe talk to my grandchildren about when we discuss party attire.

As some of you may know, I turned 25 years this August and in celebration of that young but also maybe not that (??) young age I wanted to buy myself something I would keep. I feel like it’s also time to add here that I am and always has been somewhat an old lady. But you may have figured that out already due to my obsession over Bunny MacDougal (clothing, not personality, or??). So, I did what Bunny would have done if she wasn’t a character invented in an already quite mature age, I got my first Chanel suit.

All pistachio, bouclé and with CC punched buttons.

I got it online and you know when you buy things online that is also vintage that sizing isn’t always accurate. But when it arrived it fit perfectly. And luck was bc it also came with some surprise tax, happy days.

I asked on instagram the other day who believes in life long purchases. Some didn’t but the thing people do believe will last forever is already made clothing. Nothing contemporary. How sad is that? Don’t get me wrong, I love that people keep things from their mothers whether it’s hiking boots or fancy jackets. But who will keep the things we make forever and tell their grandchildren about?

Published 27/08/2019

Fanny Ekstrand is a writer, creative consultant and founder of Hobnob. She says she is the master of vintage shopping and knows all the pasta dishes in the world.

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    By Hen

    Now I want to hear more about this! How much did you pay, how does it feel, do you still wear it, when do you wear it etc? I ask because I just did something similar and bought a vintage Chanel coat for my 30th birthday.


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    1. By Fanny Ekstrand

      Hi! Of course! I paid approx 600€ and I still love it! I wear the jacket a lot more than I wear the skirt though, but I still love the set together so much. Looking forward to wear it as a set now when the snow is gone… Oh wow, I bet you’ll love it for many years to come, such a great investment! x


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