For those who grew up in the 90s, these would have been a familiar sight on your Mum’s dresser, if your Mum was a Chanel fan, that is. Known simply as the Trousse Vanity Kit, it was originally destined to be the be-all and end-all of makeup storage solutions, where they were corralled into a single space so that nothing, not her eyeshadow, her lipstick or her mascara, would go missing. The fact that it looked so good, with its large stitched CC logo on grained Caviar leather, was just the icing on the cake.
Fast-forward to 2017 to when these top-handled vanity kits have been making a comeback over the last few years. With every new collection that Chanel puts out, there will be a new iteration of this style, and most recently, they had one completely covered in bright, almost luminous pink tweed. Measuring 21 cm by 15 cm by 14 cm, the SGD1890 ‘bag’ is the perfect size for the dresser of today, or can be used much like how you would use those basket bags that are all the rage now.
If, however, you’re a stickler for tradition, you’ll be pleased to know that Chanel does have more OG-looking vanity kits that come in full lambskin in Black or Burgundy. Priced at SGD2920 for pretty much the same size as the tweed one (these are in full leather and why they cost more), you could also opt to scour vintage resellers and stores for the OG ones in Caviar leather that would cost a fraction. In other words, the choice is yours really.