What is the difference between Lambskin and Caviar leather on Chanel?

Lambskin and Caviar leather are two popular materials used in Chanel's collection of luxury handbags. Lambskin is known for its incredibly soft, smooth, and almost buttery texture. It exudes a high level of luxury and is often chosen for bags that are more formal or for special occasions. However, the softness of the lambskin makes it more susceptible to scratches, scuffs, and general wear and tear, making it less ideal for everyday use and requiring more careful maintenance.

Chanel Classic Double Flap with 24k gold plated hardware
Chanel Classic Double Flap in lambskin leather with 24k gold plated hardware

In contrast, Caviar leather is a textured, pebbled calfskin that is more durable and resilient, making it well-suited for everyday use. The grained surface is less prone to showing scratches or signs of wear, making it a lower-maintenance option.

Vintage Chanel Caviar Backpack
Vintage Chanel Caviar Backpack

While it still offers a luxurious feel, its appearance is less shiny and formal compared to lambskin. The choice between the two often comes down to personal preference for texture and appearance, as well as considerations for how and where the bag will be used.

Shop our curated collection of pre-owned Chanel bags.

Back to blog

Hi, I'm Danni, founder of The Hosta.

Each week I answer the most common questions about handbags

Latest Drops